ECW ANNOUNCES NEW MISUSE OF FUNDS POLICY AND COMMUNICATIONS PROTOCOL

ECW has a zero tolerance policy towards any misuse of its funds. That means action will be taken to address any incident of misuse and secure recovery of any resources lost. ECW takes a broad definition of misuse: it is the use, or attempted use, of funds for purposes other than for which they have been approved, and includes corrupt, fraudulent, coercive, collusive and obstructive conduct.

ECW has produced a Policy on Misuse of Funds and a Communications Protocol. This document, which you can download here, gives more detail on our definition of ‘misuse’. It also sets out how a suspected incident can be reported, and the steps that ECW will take to address credible allegations of misuse. It explains what supporting information is needed, and provides an email address which can be used anonymously by anyone who wishes to submit details of a suspected misuse of ECW funds.

Download Policy on Misuse of Funds and a Communications Protocol.

ECW ALLOCATES US$3 MILLION TO MEET URGENT EDUCATION NEEDS OF NEWLY DISPLACED CHILDREN IN NORTH-WEST AND NORTH-EAST SYRIA

New York, 22 June 2018 – The Education Cannot Wait (ECW) fund announces an allocation of US$3 million to support the delivery of education services to newly displaced children in the ongoing Syria crisis. This allocation will support aid organizations in meeting urgent growing education needs resulting from new population displacements in Idleb and Aleppo Governorates in the North-West of the country and in Deir-ez-Zour, Hassakeh and Raqqa Governorates in the North-East.

The funds will improve access to quality education and learning opportunities for 20,000 newly displaced children and will support 500 education personnel. The 12-month programmes will include activities such as establishing safe learning spaces, delivering learning and recreational materials, distributing stipends and teaching resources to teachers and mobilizing communities in support of education.  Psychological support will also be provided to help children recover from the trauma they endured in active conflicts areas.

A displaced girl draws at a UNICEF-supported child-friendly space in Ain Issa camp, Raqqa Governorate, Syria. © UNICEF/Souleiman
A displaced girl draws at a UNICEF-supported child-friendly space in Ain Issa camp, Raqqa Governorate, Syria. © UNICEF/Souleiman

This allocation will build on the coordination and implementation architecture established under the ongoing Whole of Syria (WoS) ECW $15 million Initial investment. Activities to be implemented under this new allocation are also in line with the Syria Education Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) 2018.

Read the full press release here.

For press enquiries, contact:

Ms. Anouk Desgroseilliers, adesgroseilliers@unicef.org, +1917 640-6820

STATEMENT BY THE EDUCATION CANNOT WAIT DIRECTOR ON THE G7 INVESTMENT IN EDUCATION FOR GIRLS IN CRISIS

New York, 9 June 2018 – The historic announcement today by G7 leaders – including Canada, the European Union, Germany, Japan, United Kingdom – and the World Bank of a US$2.9B (C$3.8B) investment in education for women and girls in conflict and crisis marks an inspiring moment of solidarity. I applaud Canada G7 Presidency’s leadership in catalyzing this groundbreaking investment which will help close the gender gap in education where it is most stringent.

These funds, along with the declaration on women and girls’ education in crisis situations adopted by G7 leaders, represent bold financial and political commitments to make gender equality a reality. The right to learn is crucial to end the vicious circle of disempowerment for women and girls in crisis.

Today, it is estimated that 39 million girls and adolescent girls in countries affected by conflict or natural disaster lack access to quality education. They are an entire generation deprived of their right to learn. Without education, they can’t acquire the necessary life skills to thrive and contribute effectively to the recovery and development of their communities.

Meanwhile, we know that educating a girl is the most important investment we can do. Education Cannot Wait (ECW) places girls and adolescent women at the forefront of the joint programmes it supports in crisis-affected countries. We know that girls who are better educated will have better income, and that their children will also be better educated and in better health. We also know that education reduces the vulnerability of girls and the likelihood of child marriage and early pregnancies.

There is no time to waste if the world is to fulfill its promise for all children and youth to access equitable and quality education by 2030. Today’s G7 announcement is a major leap forward in our collective efforts to reach the furthest behind in crisis and conflict. Now, let’s ensure these commitments can rapidly turn into action for the millions of girls whose future depends on education. They deserve no less.

Yasmine Sherif
Director
Education Cannot Wait (ECW)

For press enquiries, contact:
Ms. Anouk Desgroseilliers, adesgroseilliers@unicef.org, +1917 640-6820

 Details on the G7 announcement are available on the G7 Summit website:
https://g7.gc.ca/en/news-media/news/

PAPUA NEW GUINEA: ECW ANNOUNCES US$1.5 MILLION TO RESTORE EDUCATION FOR CHILDREN AFFECTED BY EARTHQUAKE

New York, 1 June 2018 – The Education Cannot Wait (ECW) fund announces an allocation of US$1.5 million to bring thousands of children back to school in Papua New Guinea. The island nation was struck by a 7.5 magnitude earthquake at the end of February which affected more than half a million people and damaged key infrastructures, including hundreds of schools.

This ECW emergency response allocation will provide resources for humanitarian aid organizations to immediately start restoring education services, particularly through the setting up of temporary learning spaces. The funding will cover activities for a period of one year.

“It is urgent for children to recover a sense of normalcy in their lives after living through such a disaster. Going back to school is crucial to help them overcome the trauma they have endured and to ensure they continue to learn and thrive,” says ECW Director, Yasmine Sherif.

©UNICEF/Nybo: Lorina, 4, stands outside a makeshift tent where she has been living since a 7.5 magnitude earthquake on 26 February 2018 destroyed her home in nearby Daga village, in Pimaga, Papua New Guinea.
©UNICEF/Nybo: Lorina, 4, stands outside a makeshift tent where she has been living since a 7.5 magnitude earthquake on 26 February 2018 destroyed her home in nearby Daga village, in Pimaga, Papua New Guinea

ECW’s emergency response allocation targets some of the areas most affected by the earthquake in the Southern Highlands Province and in Hela Province. Thanks to ECW’s support, children will benefit from a safe learning environment while damaged infrastructure is being rehabilitated. They will also receive psychological support as well as learning and recreational materials. At total of 10,000 teachers will also be supported through these funds.

This is ECW’s second First Emergency Response allocation this year, further to a $3 million allocation announced in April to support the education response in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Read the full press release here.