Malala urges Syria conference to give millions for education

Petition calls for world leaders to commit $1.4 billion to make sure all Syrian children get an education

Afp January 29, 2016
Malala Yousafzai PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON: A petition launched by Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai urging a Syria donors' conference to give millions of dollars for educational causes had reached over 70,000 signatures Thursday.

Addressed to US President Barack Obama, the petition, published on the website, calls for world leaders to commit $1.4 billion at the London conference "to make sure all Syrian children affected by the conflict get an education".

Malala meets Syrian Malala

Courtesy: Malala/

Britain, Germany and Norway are co-hosting the event on February 4 with the United Nations and Kuwait. A string of world leaders are expected to attend.

They will discuss how to help 13.5 million people who are either vulnerable or displaced inside Syria, as well as 4.2 million people who have fled to neighbouring countries like Jordan and Lebanon.

British Prime Minister David Cameron's office said Wednesday that participating countries would be asked to double the amount of money they are giving to tackle the humanitarian crisis.

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Last year, UN agencies asked for $8.4 billion (7.7 billion euros) from governments worldwide to fund the Syrian aid effort but received only $3.3 billion.

Malala now lives in Birmingham, central England, after being shot by the Taliban in Pakistan 2012 and is expected to take part in the conference, according to the BBC.


Acorn Guts | 5 years ago | Reply They need to be resettled first. Need roof over their heads and food on the table. Need stable economy and political leadership. Only then they'll be able to attend schools in safety and concentrate on their studies. I understand that 'drive for education' is her claim to fame but most of the time she just baffles me.
Old Ravian | 5 years ago | Reply Syrians need something much more important than education............ life.
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