During 2017, UNHCR continued our partnership with the Educate A Child (EAC) Programme of the Education Above All (EAA) Foundation. We have again successfully delivered a wide range of EAC activities across the 12 countries targeted due to having high numbers of refugee children out of school.
Education is crucial in the life of these children as it helps them to have a better future, provides security and in some cases it assures that children eat a meal.
By providing school infrastructure and equipment, bettertrained teachers, more learning materials, and the right supportfor children who have been forced to flee their homes, we helped over 350,000 more childrento attend school – and we have now welcomed over 1.2 millionchildren into school since our programme started in 2012. But we could not have achieved this fantastic achievement without the incredible support of our donors.
The programme proved vital for helping children caught up in conflict to continue their studies against all the odds. In Syria alone, we were able to reconnect over 168,000 children with school through catch up classes designed to help them re-joinschool at the appropriate agelevel. And in Uganda, conflict-driven mass displacement saw us rapidly scale-up our activities when the conflict in South Sudan resulted in more than a million people fleeing there during 2017. We had originally planned to support 9,980 children in Uganda through the EAC programme – but instead wereachedover 96,000 school age children, helping them to keep their lives on track despite losing everything.
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