The European Union, the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, is donating its prize money to four charities that work with children who are denied the chance of growing up in peace. It is also doubling the prize money of around €930,000 to €2 million.
The recipients are:
- ACTED – for work in Northern Iraq providing protection and education to 4,000 Syrian children living in the Domiz refugee camp
- UNICEF – for work in Colombia and Ecuador improving access to education for 5,000 Colombian children affected by violence in their country; and for work in Pakistan providing learning opportunities to 3,000 Pakistani children affected by the 8-year conflict in the north of the country.
- Save the Children and the Norwegian Refugee Council – for work in Ethiopia and the Democratic Republic of Congo, providing education and protection to 11,000 children displaced by fighting.
Jose-Manuael Barroso, president of the European Commission, explained: "We want "children of war" to become "children of peace".
Kristalina Georgieva, Commissioner for International cooperation, Humanitarian aid and Crisis response, added: "By providing education to children caught in conflict, we can make a big difference: we can give them a chance for a childhood."
The EU Children of Peace Initiative will not be a one-off action, according to the Commission: new funding will be made available next year for more projects in support of children in conflict.
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