The president of the S&D Group in the European Parliament has called for greater investment in education for children in emergencies.
Gianni Pittella met with European Union Commissioner for Humanitarian aid and crisis management, Christos Stylianidis, on February 18.
“Education is the foundation for everything else,” said Pittella. “It protects children from radicalisation, from forced recruitment, from forced marriages and from entering dangerous migration routes. This is why the European Commission will quadruple its education allocation from 1% to 4% of the EU’s Humanitarian Budget in 2016. I pay special tribute to the European Parliament and the S&D Group for securing additional funds for this purpose.”
According to Pittella, as many as 61 million children of primary school age are out of school and more than half of them live in poor countries afflicted by conflicts.
“We must increase overall spending in humanitarian aid specifically for education to give these generations hope and perspective,” said Pittella.