EU Children of Peace Initiative
The EU Children of Peace Initiative is the result of the decision of the European Council, European Commission and European Parliament to dedicate the 2012 EU Nobel Peace Prize (EUR 930 000) to children in conflict situations and provide them with education. The initiative has also been created to increase awareness and advocate for the needs of children in conflict globally. The EU topped up the prize money to 6 Million EUR. Upon request by Commissioner Georgieva, the Austrian Foreign Minister Kurz immediately offered his support for the initiative and Austria is, after Luxembourg, only the second EU Member State to make a contribution to this programme. Half of the 57 million children without access to education live in conflict-affected areas. Education and recreational activities are crucial for the protection and development of conflict–affected children, as they provide them with necessary psychosocial support, enable them to keep their dignity and to develop their social and human values, and basically restore a certain sense of normality. The EU’s humanitarian aid department ECHO is supporting education activities in ongoing crises and early recovery phases as well as the transition to formal education systems in preparation for a development intervention or educational activities in protracted crises and in refugee camps. Through 9 new selected projects announced on the occasion of Universal Children’s Day (November 2013) additional 80 000 children will benefit in South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Chad, Central African Republic (CRA), Somalia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Myanmar and Colombia.
In RCA 50 schools will be supported and vocational training systems developed in order to provide access to education for 14400 children. In DRC 9700, in Chad 9000 vulnerable children will have access to education and grow up in a protective environment. The project in Somalia will reach 20.000 beneficiaries and provide additional services like therapeutic risk