The Government of Finland contributed an additional $5.2 million to UNICEF’s No Lost Generation program.
The new contribution aims at improving the well-being of vulnerable children girls and boys and young people, increase opportunities to learning through non-formal education and skills development, reduce risks of violence and abuse while alleviating economic hardship by providing cash assistance.
The program also fights against child labor and child marriage. It will help children, including children with disabilities, receive access to educational activities, online learning, psychosocial support, case management and specialized services as well as social assistance.
Tarja Fernández, Finland’s Ambassador to Lebanon, said: “We know that the Covid-19 pandemic has increased poverty in families and made the situation more difficult for all children to access education. Pandemic along with Lebanese economic crisis has devastating impact on the right to education of the girls and boys in vulnerable situations. We need to do everything we can so that education reaches all children.”
“Children’s wellbeing is one of UNICEF’s top priority,” said Yukie Mokuo, UNICEF Representative in Lebanon. “Finland’s contribution will improve the wellbeing of girls, boys and young people in vulnerable situations, including children with disabilities by providing protection, social assistance, education and skill-building services”.