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Schooling for all refugee children – Minister Müller meets Malala

Federal Minister Gerd Müller meeting the Pakistani Nobel peace prize winner Malala Yousafzai at the Syrian donor conference in London

Press release of 05.02.2016 |

London – A meeting took place in the margins of the Syrian donor conference between Minister Gerd Müller and Nobel peace prize winner Malala Yousafzai. The main topic discussed was her demand that the international community should provide a place in school for every refugee child.

"Malala is right!" Minister Müller said. "Half of the refugees from the war in Syria and Iraq are children and young people. We must not allow them to become a lost generation. That is why we have doubled the support we are giving to help provide schools and education. In northern Iraq alone we have built seven new schools where 50,000 children can have their lessons. In Lebanon 100,000 children and in Turkey 200,000 young Syrian refugees are able to go to school thanks to German support."

At the Syrian donor conference Minister Müller also presented his Cash for Work programme and sought support for an investment and economic development programme which will help restore stability to the countries in the region around Syria that are the main host countries for refugees. Müller also sought backing for municipal partnerships, where German towns and municipalities work directly with partner regions to rebuild local infrastructure.


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