Malala Yousafzai launches campaign in support of refugee children

Syrian refugee children sit in a classroom at a newly opened remedial education centre in the Azraq refugee camp. (REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed)

Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai has launched a campaign in support of refugee children who have lost their access to education. #NotLost aims to raise funds to assist the estimated 700,000 children now living in Lebanon and Jordan without access to education, as a result of the Syrian crisis. “Someday, the Syrian Civil War will end,” Yousafzai said in a video released by ATTN. “But how will Syrians rebuild their country when a whole generation has lost years of education?”

Yousafzai is attending Thursday’s “Supporting Syria” conference in London, with a plea to world leaders to give $1.4 billion to increase education access for Syrian children, displaced by war. Before the conflict, the country had a 90 percent literacy rate.

In an interview with Reuters, Yousafzai said she had met many Syrian refugee children, who remained on her mind. “I can’t forget them,” she said. “The thought that they won’t be able to go to school in their whole life is completely shocking and I cannot accept it.”

The education activist came to prominence when she was targeted by the Taliban, and shot in the head on her school bus, in 2012. She became the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner in 2014.

Read the whole story and watch the video at ATTN.


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