French schools asked to aid tsunami-hit children

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PARIS, Jan 9 (AFP) - French Education Minister Francois Fillon Sunday made a nationwide appeal to schools to aid Asian children devastated by the tsunami disaster and help them return to classes.

PARIS, Jan 9 (AFP) - French Education Minister Francois Fillon Sunday made a nationwide appeal to schools to aid Asian children devastated by the tsunami disaster and help them return to classes.

"I am launching a solemn public appeal to send funds to help the children (in Asia): 1.5 million children displaced, 50,000 orphaned, 40 schools destroyed," Fillon said on French television.

He said the health and education ministries would begin a campaign in cooperation with the UN's children's organisation UNICEF and the Red Cross that would help build reception centres to house isolated children.

Fillon said the campaign was not just about helping destitute children but also protecting them from human traffickers, something "which has already begun."

To that end, he would ask principals in the schools to undertake collections from Monday.

French aid to victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami disaster on Thursday was more than EUR 120 million (USD 158 million), including private and state donations, according to an AFP count.

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