ECW’s Director Honored by the UN Association of Sweden

ECW Director and author, Ms. Yasmine Sherif has been awarded this year’s ‘UN Friend’ by the United Nations Association of Sweden, during a ceremony at Stockholm Concert Hall.

The UN Friend’s Award was established in 2005 and goes to a person or organization in Sweden who has worked in support of the United Nations.

Ms. Sherif has dedicated 25 years to humanitarian work in various UN organizations and has been honored with this prestigious award for her years of commitment to humanitarian, peace & security and human rights issues, as well as her efforts to work for reform of the United Nations.

“Yasmine Sherif reminds us that the UN must have a human face and that the organization needs to change to put people’s needs at its heart,” says Aleksander Gabelic, chairman of the UN

The United Nations Association of Sweden statement reads: “This year’s UN friend has worked for the UN for 25 years. She has served in New York and Geneva and has been assigned in a number of countries. Often it has been about giving women and children in war an opportunity to believe in the future. She believes in the UN, but also sees the need for change and tries to draw attention to various opportunities. As part of this, she has written a book about her years serving humanity. This year’s UN friend has devoted much of her life to working for a better world and a better and stronger UN. Thanks to her great commitment, she has achieved a lot.’

Published 20 October 2017

Photograph: UN Association of Sweden’s Secretary General, Ms. Petra Hallebrant  and ECW’s Director, Ms. Yasmine Sherif , 20 October 2017, Stockholm. 

Education Cannot Wait for Refugee Children in Uganda

ECW and its partners conclude successful mission in Kampala to embark on a multi-year Response Plan on Education for Refugee and Host Communities

The Government of Uganda, humanitarian and development actors came together around education for refugees and host-communities for the first time in Kampala last week. As a follow-up to the Uganda Solidarity Summit, and facilitated by Education Cannot Wait in close cooperation with UNHCR, other UN agencies, the World Bank, NGOs and donor partners, a collective agreement was made to develop a comprehensive response plan for the education needs of refugees and host-communities, which is expected to be launched in December 2017. During the workshop led by Education Cannot Wait and its partners, participants agreed to join forces to develop a four-year Response Plan for Refugee and Host Communities in December 2017, under the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF) led by the Government of Uganda and UNHCR.

Uganda is hosting 1.3 million refugees from South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi and Rwanda – the highest numbers of refugees in Africa and the third largest in the world today. Half of them are children. Refugee children are encouraged to study with Ugandan children in regular schools but the national education sector is itself hindered by underlying poverty, lack of teaching capacities, poor infrastructure, overcrowded classes, poor learning outcomes and girls’ limited school enrolment. Uganda’s First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports Hon. Janet K. Museveni referred to the ECW-led programme as a “godsend response for refugees in Uganda”. “Education Cannot Wait will help the government better the lives of our migrant brothers, sisters and children through the provision of education”, she said.

Posted on 2 October 2017