PESHAWAR: The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi has urged the international community to invest more in youth empowerment and education.

He was addressing inauguration ceremony of a Government Girls Primary School in Daad Behsud, Nowshera.

He said the current emergencies have increased global concern about the additional risks faced by children who do not have access to educational opportunities and protracted that refugee hosting countries need additional support for education.“Emphasis on education particularly becomes vital at a time when children below the age of 18 constitute 51 per cent of the total 65.3 million globally displaced people”, Grandi added.

Grandi assured that UNHCR is committed to support governments globally for the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal #4 to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning for all by 2030.

The UN Refugee Agency through German funding has rehabilitated the existing structure of school by constructing 08 additional classrooms, toilets, and overhauling of the entire building, provision of furniture, sports goods and aid kits.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Imran Zeb, Chief Commissioner for Afghan Refugees (CCAR) said that, education is vital to improve the future human capital of Afghanistan and its economic sustainable development and peace building.

Provincial Minister of Education Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Muhammad Atif Khan said education is among the top priorities of the present provincial government and the government has allocated USD 1.072 billion for elementary and secondary education for the years 2016-2017.