Clas Ohlson Foundation extends its collaboration with Plan International to ensure support for girls who fled the terrorist group Boko Haram in Nigeria. The support will contribute to girls affected by the conflict being given the opportunity to continue their schooling.

Currently almost 2.2 million people are refugees in Nigeria, while 124,000 have made it to neighboring Cameroon. Since 2020, Clas Ohlson Foundation has supported Plan International’s humanitarian work with education for girls in the refugee camp in Minawao in northern Cameroon. Clas Ohlson Foundation is once again extending the partnership with Plan International with continued support to ensure more girls get access to education.

 

– The collaboration with Plan International is completely in line with our mission to promote education and help people in need around the world. We are very proud to be able to contribute to the important work for girls’ right to go to school, says Dimitri Haid, chairman of the board Clas Ohlson Foundation.

 

Cameroon is hit hard by, among other things, armed conflicts and climate change, with many people fleeing the country as a result. Violence, insecurity and closed schools hit the children hard – and girls, as in most crises, are particularly vulnerable.

 

The support from Clas Ohlson Foundation is incredibly important so that more girls can get an education even though they are refugees. It provides opportunities to create a better life for themselves, says Mariann Eriksson, general secretary at Plan International Sweden.

In the Minawao refugee camp in northern Cameroon, Plan International works to ensure schooling for refugee children. Every year, 44,000 children and young people at primary and secondary school level benefits by the educational efforts. The project focuses on creating functional and safe teaching environments and classrooms, providing teaching materials and recruiting and training teachers. Plan International also develops the schools’ facilities, such as the possibility of hand washing,  access to drinking water and toilets. The project also includes outreach activities to motivate more families to let their children, and not least daughters, go to school.

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