Save the Children, SCAN, ONE, World Relief Deliver 150,000 Petition Signatures to Obama Administration

Petition urges President Obama to ensure all refugee children attend school

Media Contact: Allie Wright, [email protected], (202) 794-1823

Washington, D.C. (September 14, 2016) – Save the Children, Save the Children Action Network (SCAN), ONE and World Relief joined together Wednesday afternoon to deliver 152,819 petition signatures to the Obama Administration urging President Obama to ensure that no refugee child remains out of school.

The signatures were accepted on the President’s behalf by Anne Richard, Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, at the State Department in Washington, D.C.

Next week, President Obama is hosting a Leaders’ Summit on the Global Refugee Crisis in New York City. This summit is a critical opportunity to raise the dire need to keep refugee children safe and in school.

“Every child deserves an education. Yet millions of refugees are being denied the opportunity to learn because they have been forced from their homes,” said Mark Shriver, president of SCAN. “Refugees often spend many years displaced from their homes, and they are five times less likely than other children in their host countries to attend school. We can’t let a generation of children that has lost everything lose their futures, too.”

SCAN is continuing to collect signatures to send to President Obama. Click here for more information.

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