Over a million children out of school across the country
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NEW YORK / PANAMA / CARACAS, September 19, 2019 – UNICEF provides more than 300,000 Venezuelan children with back-to-school kits to enable them to continue learning in difficult socio-economic conditions.
The deteriorating situation in Venezuela has so far left around one million children out of school. Over the next 12 months, UNICEF, working with national partners, plans to reach a total of 1.2 million children in public and subsidized schools across the country with school supplies.
Each start-to-school kit comes with a binder with essential learning supplies, including a notebook, pencils, and colored pencils. Kits are distributed to students in the states of Miranda, Distrito Capital, Bolívar, Zulia, Táchira, Carabobo, Portuguesa, Barinas, Apure, Falcón, Amazonas, Delta Amacuro, Anzoátegui, Sucre, La Guaira and Nueva Esparta. UNICEF is also providing teaching and learning materials, hobby kits and early childhood education kits to further support students and teachers.
“It is crucial that we keep children in school – safe environments where they can learn, socialize and even access essential services like school feeding,” said Hervé Ludovic De Lys, UNICEF Representative at Venezuela. “Schools also provide children with a sense of normalcy, which is vital given the challenges many families face. These back-to-school kits and teaching aids will give children and teachers the tools they need to start the school year on the right foot.
UNICEF works to expand education services to ensure inclusive access and quality learning for all Venezuelan children, and to prevent school dropout.
“Getting and keeping every child in school is always the most powerful investment, but especially in times of uncertainty like in Venezuela today,” said Bernt Aasen, UNICEF America’s Regional Director (ai) Latin and the Caribbean. “Education isn’t just the right thing to do, it’s a smart economy beyond politics. Any additional child who risks dropping out of school today jeopardizes the future of the whole country tomorrow. Venezuela simply cannot afford it at the moment.
As one of the main humanitarian actors in Venezuela, UNICEF works with civil society organizations, private companies and local authorities to provide humanitarian assistance to children in need through its field offices. Last month, UNICEF appealed for US $ 70 million to continue meeting the urgent needs of children, adolescents and pregnant women in Venezuela. So far, only 9 percent of the required funds have been received.
UNICEF welcomes the latest contributions and calls on the international community to continue providing the necessary resources to meet the urgent needs of children in all sectors.
More information on UNICEF’s appeal for Venezuela can be found here: https://www.unicef.org/appeals/venezuela.html
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