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Formula 1 partners with UNICEF to aid Turkey-Syria earthquake recovery

Formula 1 has announced a partnership with UNICEF, who are currently helping the recovery effort after the devastating earthquake on the border of Turkey and Syria.

Formula 1 has announced a new partnership with UNICEF, which will provide aid to the world's vulnerable children, such as those involved in the recent earthquake in Turkey and Syria. UNICEF are heavily involved in aid and recovery efforts following an earthquake on the Turkish-Syrian border, which registered at 7.5 on the Richter scale. The sport is aiming to "improve digital access through the expansion of UNICEF’s Learning Passport", which is a portable learning platform for children. The technical contributions will increase the passport availability from 26 to 45 countries worldwide. Formula 1 also confirmed that they would be donating to the Emergency Fund, which aids the charity's emergency response efforts.

According to the announcement of the partnership, Formula 1's contributions could help "6.5 million children from vulnerable and marginalised communities access quality education". F1 President and CEO Stefano Domenicali said that the partnership would help "bridge the educational divide" among the children of the world. “In a sport where research, technology and innovation play a vital role in a driver and team’s success, education is at the core of Formula 1," said Domenicali. "The partnership with UNICEF will enable us to effectively use our sport’s global platform to help bridge the educational divide experienced by the world’s most vulnerable children. "Every child has a right to a quality education and to be protected during emergencies. We are proud that we can play a role in ensuring the most vulnerable children are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need to achieve their goals.”

Jon Sparkes, Chief Executive of The UK Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF UK), added: “The world is facing a growing learning crisis, with millions of children continuing to miss out on school and access to the technology they need to learn and flourish. "Investment in education is fundamental to the development of children and young people, and to building the societies and economies they need for the future, so we must act now to prevent this learning crisis. "With Formula 1, we are starting a new partnership that will help ensure that more children have access to quality learning and the skills training they need to succeed in school, work and life. At UNICEF, we believe that sports play a unique role in bringing people together, helping us to address the biggest issues affecting children, including those caught up in humanitarian emergencies."

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