75 million school-aged children and youth are in desperate need of educational support, either in danger of, or already missing out on their education. Communities highlight the importance of education during times of crises, yet education appeals receive less than 2% of humanitarian funding. The right to education is most at risk during emergencies but it is also the exact time when it is needed the most.

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Education Cannot Wait is a new global fund to transform the delivery of education in emergencies - one that joins up governments, humanitarian actors and development efforts to deliver a more collaborative and rapid response to the educational needs of children and youth affected by crises. The fund aims to reach all crisis-affected children and youth with safe, free and quality education by 2030.

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1in 4 of the world's school-aged children livein countries affected by crisis
Education recieves less than 2% of humanitarian aid
75m  children are in need of educational support
Forced to Flee. Displaced with a Dream. Time for Action. This blog was originally published in our newsletter and on IPSNews
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Genesis smiles and holds ...
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Press Release: Inauguration of 84 Refugee Primary School Classrooms in Gambella Region View original UNICEF Ethiopia press release
UNICEF Ethiopia/2019/NahomTesfaye
29 November 2019, Gambella, Ethiopia 
Today, 84 classrooms built through funding from Education Cannot Wait in refugee camps are being inaugurated by the Gambella Regional Government and UNICEF. The classrooms were ...
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Minister Ulstein on his recent visit to the Mopti region in Mali. Photo: Ane Lunde/Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
ECW: Minister Ulstein, you announced a significant new ...
Press Release: WORLD FOOD PROGRAMME AND EDUCATION CANNOT WAIT TEAM UP TO REACH VULNERABLE CHILDREN... 23 October 2019, Rome – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and Education Cannot Wait (ECW), today embarked on a strategic partnership to ensure children and youth in emergencies do not miss out on the education opportunities that will ...
WILL SMITH, GLOBAL CITIZEN AND EDUCATION CANNOT WAIT CELEBRATE ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF ‘THE JUMP’ Global Advocacy, Partnerships and Donor Engagement Have Mobilized US$560 Million to Date for the Global Fund for Education in Emergencies
LOS ANGELES, OCTOBER 15, 2019 – Will and Jada Smith’s Family Foundation (WJSFF), Global Citizen (GC) and Education Cannot Wait ...

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