American Express Global Business Travel (GBT) has partnered with UNICEF USA to help children get back to school in times of emergency and conflict.
Through the partnership, Amex GBT has pledged half a million dollars from August 2019 through June 2021. This money will help give children access to the resources and supplies they need to continue their education in times of crisis.
Children are particularly vulnerable during crises, which can have social, psychological, and economic ripple effects for generations, particularly when education is significantly disrupted.
According to a recent report by UNICEF called A Future Stolen: Young and out-of-school, one in three children and young people are out of school in countries affected by war or natural disaster.
"Natural disasters and violent conflicts continue to take a significant toll on millions of children and their families around the world," said Caryl M. Stern, president & CEO, UNICEF USA.
"With this commitment from American Express Global Business Travel, UNICEF can help provide the most vulnerable children with access to safe, quality education in times of emergency. Together, we can help more children thrive and reach their full potential."
UNICEF, which operates in more than 190 countries and territories, provides supplies and safe learning spaces during emergencies and crises. The School-in-a-Box Kit helps at least 40 children continue their education by providing teachers with materials for an entire classroom, including exercise books, pencils and other basic school supplies, as well as a locally developed teaching curriculum, a wind-up solar radio and special paint that transforms the case lid into a blackboard.
"With our large global footprint, we are uniquely positioned to help the communities in which we live, work and travel to thrive," said Si-Yeon Kim, GBT’s chief risk and compliance officer. "We are honoured to support UNICEF and the outstanding work it does around the world to educate children in times of crisis."
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