UN / EDUCATION GORDON BROWN

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UN Special Envoy for education Gordon Brown appealed for urgent new funding for lost generations of over 30 million displaced and refugee young people. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 19 FEBRUARY 2019, NEW YORK CITY

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1. Tilt up, UNHQ exterior

19 FEBRUARY 2019, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Gordon Brown, Special Envoy for Global Education entering press room
3. Med shot, journalists
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Gordon Brown, Special Envoy for Global Education, United Nations:
“The urgency of talking about this today comes not only as the Security Council is briefed on the difficult circumstances in Yemen, affecting millions of children, but as this year starts in escalating crises: the estimated 3 million exodus in Venezuela, half a million out-of-school children alone in the Central African Republic, the need to reopen 1,000 schools in Afghanistan where there are still 3.7 million out-of-school children and the ongoing refugee crises as the result of what is happening in Myanmar, in Sudan, in Syria and in other parts of the world.”
5. Wide shot, press room
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Gordon Brown, Special Envoy for Global Education, United Nations:
“The desolation of this lost generation was brought home to me over these last few months with reports from the Moria refugee camp in Greece, where no formal education is on offer to any of the hundreds of children who are there. And we found that two young boys – one only ten years old – had attempted suicide. Now that’s an age of ten when life should be in front of you.”
7. Wide shot, press room
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Gordon Brown, Special Envoy for Global Education, United Nations:
“Over the last few years, of 2.1 million Syrian refugees who are outside of Syria – not just the displaced people who are inside Syria, but outside Syria – about 1.4 million, about two thirds, are now in education in one way or another. And that is being a major success, although I’d like to see all children at school. But from a time that there were hardly any Syrian refugees at school in Lebanon, it’s now something like 400,000.”
9. Med shot, journalists
10. Wide shot Gordon Brown leaving press room

STORYLINE:

UN Special Envoy for education Gordon Brown appealed for urgent new funding for lost generations of over 30 million displaced and refugee young people.

Speaking to reporters today (19 Feb) in New York, he said the urgency of talking about the 99 per cent of the world’s refugee children who are denied education comes “not only as the Security Council is briefed on the difficult circumstances in Yemen, affecting millions of children, but as this year starts in escalating crises: the estimated 3 million exodus in Venezuela, half a million out-of-school children alone in the Central African Republic, the need to reopen 1,000 schools in Afghanistan where there are still 3.7 million out-of-school children and the ongoing refugee crises as the result of what is happening in Myanmar, in Sudan, in Syria and in other parts of the world.”

Brown told reporters about the extend of the damage that affect children displaced by crises, including in the Moria refugee camp in Greece, “where no formal education is on offer to any of the hundreds of children who are there. And we found that two young boys – one only ten years old – had attempted suicide.”

The Special Envoy announced the launch of two programs of the Education Cannot Wait Fund (ECW) in the upcoming weeks, for respectively 500,000 children in Afghanistan and 900,000 children in the Central African Republic, half of them who are girls.

Gordon Brown explained that the ECW aims to raise a total 1.8 billion US dollars in education financing by 2021.

On the situation of Syrian refugees, Brown said, “over the last few years, of 2.1 million Syrian refugees who are outside of Syria – not just the displaced people who are inside Syria, but outside Syria – about 1.4 million, about two thirds, are now in education in one way or another.”

Citing this as a major success, Gordon said, “From a time that there were hardly any Syrian refugees at school in Lebanon, it’s now something like 400,000.”

The Education Cannot Wait Fund (ECW) is the first global movement and fund dedicated to education in emergencies and protracted crises. It was established during the World Humanitarian Summit in 2016 by international humanitarian and development aid actors, together with public and private donors.
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