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Access to education is crucial for children in emergency situations

10-11-2015

The Parliament's Development Committee called on member states to support the European Commission's target of increasing the share of humanitarian funds for education of children in emergencies to 4% and asked all hosting countries to help integrate children refugees in their national education systems in a resolution adopted on Tuesday afternoon.

MEPs call on member states to support the objective set by the European Commission to increase the share of humanitarian funds for education of children in emergency situations to 4% of the EU humanitarian aid budget.

Education as a priority

Universal and public high quality education is a catalytic factor in development and can act as a powerful tool that is necessary in order to give a sense of normality and to help integrate children back into society in the aftermath of conflicts, say MEPs.

Support refugees

Development Committee MEPs highlight the importance of access to education for refugee children and call on hosting countries to enable them to study and integrate them in their national education systems.

Next steps

The resolution was passed by 21 votes to 1, with 2 abstentions. The plenary vote is scheduled for December (tbc).

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/committees/en/deve/home.htmlhttp://www.emeeting.europarl.europa.eu/committees/agenda/201511/DEVE/DEVE%282015%291109_1/sitt-1399793