Private sector commits $75 million to educate Syrian children
In the lead up to the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit in May, GBC-Education has scaled up the business response to the Syrian refugee crisis, raising the total commitment from private sector and partners to $75 million in the effort to support the education of one million Syrian refugees in Lebanon, Jordan, and Turkey. Now, through collaborations that span industries, more companies have come forward to offer their support by contributing educational content, digital delivery, skills for employability, crucial infrastructure, and teacher training, among other programming in direct response to obstacles identified by regional governments.
Sarah Brown, Executive Chair of GBC-Education, announced these new partnerships during the Supporting Syria and the Region conference where GBC-Education convened private sector partners, UN agencies, and key donors. Their effort builds off of a $50 million commitment made by 50-plus companies and partners in late January.
“Business has stood up and recognized that the effort to get one million Syrians back to school is their fight too,” said Tom Fletcher, GBC-Education Director of Global Strategy. “Only through new, strong coalitions between the private sector, governments, NGOs, and host communities will we get this job done. These commitments show what is possible.”