No Lost Generation initiative has been launched by United Nations and its humanitarian partners on 10 January 2014 to save millions of Syrian Children from loosing generation amidst the civil war in the country. The Since past three years, Syria is engaged into the civil war and due to this more than one million children are leading their life as refugees.
Ban Ki-moon, the Secretary-General of United Nations has added his support to the campaign Initiative has been launched by UN refugee agency (UNHCR), UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), World Vision, Save the Children, and other NGO partners. No Lost Generation emphasizes that saving a generation of potential leaders, teachers, engineers, doctors and – above all- peacemakers - protects the prosperity of an entire society.
The No Lost Generation initiative has sought international aid of 1 billion dollar to help the children of Syria by not allowing them to lead their life of despair, broken futures and diminished opportunities.
Antonio Guterres, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees has asked the world for massive and immediate international support at the period of crisis in Syria. This move of UN has come ahead of the Syria donor conference on 17 January 2014 in Kuwait.
The 1 billion dollars will be channeled through the UN agencies and their partners into the programme in partnership with Governments and local communities by practical opportunities to:
• Deliver safe education
• Protection from exploitation
• Abuse and violence
• Psychological support
• Peace building efforts
• Avert the loss of an entire generation with activities and interventions
• To offer more opportunities for social cohesion and stability in an already volatile region by restoring their hopes
The programme initiative will also include the strengthening and community-based child protection systems to respond the needs of the girls, boys and families from highly risk of abuse, exploitation, neglect and violence, while protecting children against such risks. It will also include access of quality education to them via formal and non-formal approaches by introducing accelerated curricula for those children, who are out of the school, vocational, and teacher training and other initiative programmes. It will also create safe environments to reduce the exposure of children’s to such risks.
Since the crisis of Civil war began in Syria nearly three years ago, more than one million children from Syria have become refugees of which more than 425000 are under the age of five. The vast majority of these refugees have fled either to Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Egypt and Iraq. Among them, around 8000 children have been identified as being separated from their families.
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