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Britain Set to Contribute £90m to Fun Education of Children in Conflict Zone

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The United Kingdom is set to make a contribution of £90m to fund education of children in conflict and war zone globally.

Boris Johnson will make the announcement today at the G7 summit, The Guardian UK reports.

About 600,000 children globally will benefit from the education donation.

The contribution will be made through the Education Cannot Wait global fund established in 2016.

The global fund will aim to $1.8bn (£1.5bn) from governments and other donors by 2021.

It would also support education projects in 18 countries with Somalia and Afghanistan included.

Speaking at the summit on Sunday, he is expected to say: “Innocent children suffer the most from the brutal reality of life in the world’s most dangerous countries. I’m determined to ensure that all children have a chance to succeed – no matter where they are born. It is only through equipping the adults of tomorrow with learning and skills that we will break this cycle of instability.

“And it is girls that suffer the most, growing up in societies marred by violence. We owe them better. Girls’ education is the Swiss Army knife that solves a multitude of the world’s problems. Everyone benefits from a world where girls have the same opportunities as their brothers.

Johnson will also urge his fellow leaders to spend more of their aid budget on promoting education.

Save the Children estimated in 2017 that 420 million children are living in conflict zones. In that year, the UK spent 8.9% of its aid budget on education – but the average figure globally, according to Education Cannot Wait, is around 2%.

When he was foreign secretary, Johnson was known to be keen to take closer control of the UK’s aid budget, and there were suggestions during the Tory leadership contest that he could fold the independent department for international development (DfID) into the foreign office.

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