Swedish Music Aid to focus on access to education in war zones
The money raised through this year's Swedish Radio marathon fundraiser will go to efforts to secure the right to go to school for children affected by war and conflict.
Swedish Music Aid, called Musikhjälpen in Swedish, sees 144 hours of non-stop radio and TV programming by three celebrity presenters beginning on December 12th. This year, the fundraiser will be broadcast from the Stortorget square in the city of Örebro in central Sweden.
Per Byman, head of Swedish Music Aid, said the aim is both to raise money and awareness and to bring attention to the plight of the many children who cannot attend school due to war.
Over 30 million children are prevented from attending school because of war and conflicts, including half of all children in Syria. The figure is just as low in South Sudan, Eritrea, Niger and Afghanistan.
”Swedish Music Aid can raise money to make sure that children, despite war, or a life on the run, have a school to go to. A chance for a better life can begin with a notepad and a pen,” Byman said.