The LEGO foundation presented a $3 million donation to the UN refugee agency on Friday, the 24th of January, that will be used to fund UNHCR’s Educate a Child initiative. This initiative aims to help improve access to quality primary school education for more than 200,000 refugee children in the 12 countries with the largest refugee population. According to recent statistics, 1.25 million refugees, all at primary school going age, are now living in Chad, Ethiopia, Iran, Kenya, Malaysia, Pakistan, Rwanda, Sudan, South Sudan, Syria, Uganda and Yemen with half of them unable to attend school.
Amanda Seller, who heads UNHCR’s private sector fund-raising has highly appreciated the donation and has said, “The generous donation of funding, product and expertise will help us in our work to give refugee children access to the best possible education in some of the most challenging situation”
LEGO has also sent over thousand of toys, play boxes, to UNHCR for displaced children across Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and the Middle East, to improve their playing as well as learning skills. Michael Renvillard, director of programs and partnerships at the LEGO Foundation, has to said “We know that play has a transformational role in learning across our lifespan and that it should be embraced, nurtured and stimulated.”
The LEGO Foundation also plans to increase its support to UNHCR programs by helping with the training of staff that draws on it’s education research programed specifically aimed at increasing the quality of education and educational environment for children.