NEXT STEPS FROM WILL SMITH GRAND CANYON HELICOPTER JUMP FOR EDUCATION CANNOT WAIT TO BE ANNOUNCED AT SATURDAY’S GLOBAL CITIZEN FESTIVAL IN NEW YORK’S CENTRAL PARK

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ECW DIRECTOR TAKES STAGE AT GLOBAL CITIZEN FESTIVAL TO HIGHLIGHT GROWING MOVEMENT TO PROVIDE EDUCATION FOR CHILDREN LIVING IN CRISIS

Time: 29 September 2018, 5:40PM

Place: Central Park Great Lawn

Registration: The Global Citizen Festival is a free ticketed event. For interview requests to discuss the “Will Smith: The Jump” campaign and Education Cannot Wait, contact Ms. Anouk Desgroseilliers, adesgroseilliers@unicef.org, +1 917 640-6820

Organizers: Education Cannot Wait and Global Citizen

Speakers: Yasmine Sherif, Director, Education Cannot Wait (5:40PM anticipated speaking slot).

About Global Citizen Festival: The Global Citizen Festival will be hosted by Deborra-Lee Furness and Hugh Jackman. Expected artists: Janet Jackson, The Weekend, Shawn Mendes, Cardi B, Janelle Monáe.

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Will Smith, Hollywood’s favorite leading man and a high-profile advocate for child’s rights, bungee jumped from a helicopter over the Grand Canyon this week, raising funds for Education Cannot Wait, a global fund that aims to generate additional resources to close the annual US$8.5 billion gap to meet the needs of the 75 million children and young people whose education is disrupted by conflict and crisis.

Education Cannot Wait Director Yasmine Sherif will be at Saturday’s Global Citizen Festival in New York’s Central Park to share the next steps from the “Will Smith: The Jump” campaign as part of new significant contributions to the global fund.

The donations from the campaign will be allocated to Education Cannot Wait through Global Citizen, who partnered with the Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation on this initiative.

“I’ve had a whole lifetime of feeling squashed, and squelched and controlled by fear. Fear kills your ability to see beauty.” – Will Smith: The Jump

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Notes to Editors:

Details on ECW’s Resource Mobilization Challenge are available at: www.educationcannotwait.org/challenge

About Education Cannot Wait (ECW)

ECW is a global fund launched by international humanitarian and development aid actors, along with public and private donors, to deliver education in conflict and  crisis settings. The Fund aims to generate additional resources to close the annual $8.5 billion gap to meet the needs of 75 million children and young people whose education is disrupted by crisis. ECW’s investment modalities are designed to usher in a more collaborative approach among actors on the ground, ensuring relief and development organizations join forces to achieve education outcomes.

ECW’s Secretariat is hosted by UNICEF in its Headquarters in New York.

Additional information is available at www.educationcannotwait.org

For press enquiries and to schedule an interview, contact:

Ms. Anouk Desgroseilliers,

adesgroseilliers@unicef.org, +1 917 640-6820

 

DONORS STEP UP TO FUND EDUCATION IN CRISIS AT UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY WITH US$70 MILLION IN NEW PLEDGES TO EDUCATION CANNOT WAIT

"Last year we studied in the tents. When there was too much sandy wind, the teachers used to send us back home. We could not even hear what he said. Now, we study in new classrooms, and we come to school happy. " - Kaka Mahamat,12, Daresalam Refugee camp. Lake Region.Chad. Photo: UNICEF Chad/2017/Bahaji
“Last year we studied in the tents. When there was too much sandy wind, the teachers used to send us back home. We could not even hear what he said. Now, we study in new classrooms, and we come to school happy. ” – Kaka Mahamat,12, Daresalam Refugee camp. Lake Region, Chad. Photo: UNICEF Chad/2017/Bahaji

27 September 2018, New York – At this week’s United Nations General Assembly, the governments of Denmark, the Netherlands, Norway and the philanthropic foundation Dubai Cares stepped up international funding to support education for girls and boys living in crisis areas, war zones and those uprooted by conflict and disasters, with close to US$70 million in new pledges to Education Cannot Wait (ECW).

These notable contributions increase the resources mobilized to date by the Fund by 33 per cent, to a total of $273 million. ECW became operational just over one year ago and aims to close the funding gap to meet the needs of 75 million children and youth whose education is currently disrupted by conflict and crisis.

“These new pledges are an important step in solving one of the most pressing challenges of our time,” said Yasmine Sherif, Director of Education Cannot Wait. “For the millions of girls and boys – children and adolescents -enduring war, forced displacement and disasters, these new funds represent a lifeline and the promise of a future.”

The new pledges comprise $46 million from Denmark – the highest single donor contribution to the Fund to date – which adds to Denmark’s previous $30 million contribution making the country ECW’s top donor. The Netherlands also added to their initial contribution of $7.4 million, with a substantial $17.5 million new pledge. Norway announced an additional $2.5 million in funding, increasing its 2018 contribution to a total $10 million. The philanthropic foundation Dubai Cares, one of the founding partners of ECW with an initial contribution of $2.3 million, pledged an additional $3.75 million.

Captions: Danish Minister for Development Cooperation, Ulla Tørnæs, announces US$ 46 million pledge to ECW to support the delivery of quality education to vulnerable children and youth caught in conflict and crisis, with a particular focus on girls and adolescent girls at #LeaveNoGirlBehind UN General Assembly event on 25 September 2018. Photo credit: ECW/Desgroseilliers
Danish Minister for Development Cooperation, Ulla Tørnæs, announces US$ 46 million pledge to ECW to support the delivery of quality education to vulnerable children and youth caught in conflict and crisis, with a particular focus on girls and adolescent girls at #LeaveNoGirlBehind UN General Assembly event on 25 September 2018.
Photo credit: ECW/Desgroseilliers

The UN Special Envoy for Global Education and Chair of the ECW High-Level Steering Group, Rt Hon Gordon Brown, commended the new pledges and appealed for more donors to follow through.

“Hope dies when a child or young person is unable to plan and prepare for the future. And it is up to us to keep hope alive. So I say, let us bridge this gap between humanitarian and development aid. Let us fund humanitarian aid in education properly, by doubling it immediately. Let us ensure Education Cannot Wait has the funds to support and facilitate coordinated education responses in all the conflict areas of the world,” said Brown.

The new pledges will support ECW’s goal of raising $1.8 billion to continue to roll out its groundbreaking multi-year programmes that aim to reach 8.9 million children and youth – of whom 50 per cent are girls – in 25 priority crisis-affected countries by 2021.

ECW facilitates the design and funds multi-year education programmes that bring together a wide range of humanitarian and development stakeholders in delivering context-specific quality responses focusing on girls’ education and gender equality, protection and continuity, while also emphasizing equity and support to children with disabilities.  ECW also provides emergency funds to support rapid education responses in new or escalating crises.

To date, ECW has invested a total of $127 million in 17 crisis-affected countries which is reaching close to one million children and youth with essential education services in crises contexts.

The full press release is available here

EDUCATION CANNOT WAIT ANNOUNCES WINNING IDEAS OF RESOURCE MOBILIZATION CHALLENGE AT THE GLOBAL PEOPLE’S SUMMIT

1INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS WORK TO FILL US$8.5 BILLION FUNDING GAP FOR EDUCATION IN CRISIS

22 September 2018, New York – Filling the massive US$8.5 billion gap in funding for education in crisis will require innovative solutions and a transformational shift in the way education is financed and deployed for children and youth living in countries affected by emergencies, conflict and displacement.

At today’s Global People’s Summit, the three winning ideas for prizes of US$25,000 for developing a business plan were announced by Education Cannot Wait, a global fund that works to deliver education in conflict and crisis settings, to three promising proposals that use new technologies, new ideas and new ways of thinking to mobilize funds.

The winning innovations emerged from and are the outcome of Education Cannot Wait’s Resource Mobilization Challenge.

Resource Mobilization Challenge Winning Ideas

  • Global Investment Fund by Yasser Bentaibi, 4usConsulting, from Morocco: Waqf (charitable endowments) would invest in economic empowerment programmes. The profit generated would be used to support education in emergencies.
  • Every Child Needs a School – Book Industry supports ECW by Mary Muchena-Stredwick and Rachel Stredwick from the United Kingdom: International book publishers, retailers and authors would sign-up to contribute up to 1 percent of the net sale of book purchases to the ECW Fund.
  • 1-in-9 Fund by Brock Warner, War Child Canada, from Canada: Establish a publicly traded investment fund which would direct a share of the fund’s management fees to support children and youth affected by conflict and crisis. 1 in 9 children are living in a war-affected country.

“The most crucial challenge of our times is that of ensuring inclusive education and quality learning to children and youth suffering the brunt of crisis and loss of opportunities. We need to be vigilant to their needs and rights. What they expect from us and what we expect from them are two sides of the same coin: productive lives and positive contributions to society. To get there, we need extraordinary solutions – solutions that gently shake the world and engage all of us: political stakeholders, civil society, businesses, entrepreneurs and individuals,” said Yasmine Sherif, Director of Education Cannot Wait (ECW), during the announcement ceremony. “At ECW, we are working hard every day to access the abundance of financial resources that circulate on the globe: to mobilize the resources and inspire political commitment to meet the educational needs of 75 million children and youth in conflicts and disasters.”

The Resource Mobilization Challenge is a promising step in building momentum for a global movement that is working to provide more agile, connected and faster responses to the pressing needs facing the 75 million children living in crisis-affected areas that are in urgent need of education support.

“I am delighted to be one of the winners of the ECW Challenge because I truly believe that ‘Every Child Needs a School,'” said Mary Muchena. “My idea of channeling micro payments has the potential to raise and leverage significant amounts and presents a great opportunity to inform and connect the world with stories from school going children in crises countries.  I am a book worm and with many others out there we can together dent the gap in education in emergencies funding.”

The winning ideas were announced at a live show during today’s Global People’s Summit, an online digital summit in partnership with the United Nations during the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

The announcement calls attention to world leader’s attending the General Assembly, where a number of high-level events on youth, crisis, recovery, education and sustainable development are expected to propel the need for improved funding and support for more sustainable solutions for education in crisis.

“Our resource mobilization Challenge Winners combine creativity, knowledge, compassion and enthusiasm. That’s what we need if we are to make quality education a reality for 75 million children and youth in crisis,” Sherif said.

Learn more about the funding gap for education in crisis

  • Across the globe 75 million children in crisis-affected areas are in urgent need of education support. Learn More
  • There is an estimated funding gap of US$8.5 billion for education in crisis. Learn More
  • Meet the finalists of the ECW Resource Mobilization Challenge.

 

Read the full Press Release here: PR_20180922_Resource-Mobilization-Challenge

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Notes to Editors:

Details on ECW’s Resource Mobilization Challenge are available at: www.educationcannotwait.org/challenge

About Education Cannot Wait (ECW)

ECW is a global fund launched by international humanitarian and development aid actors, along with public and private donors, to deliver education in conflict and crisis settings. The Fund aims to generate additional resources to close the annual $8.5 billion gap to meet the needs of 75 million children and young people whose education is disrupted by crisis. ECW’s investment modalities are designed to usher in a more collaborative approach among actors on the ground, ensuring relief and development organizations join forces to achieve education outcomes.

ECW’s Secretariat is hosted by UNICEF in its Headquarters in New York.

Additional information is available at www.educationcannotwait.org

For press enquiries and to schedule an interview, contact:

Ms. Anouk Desgroseilliers,

adesgroseilliers@unicef.org, +1 917 640-6820

 

Global People’s Summit

The Global People’s Summit is a one-of-a-kind global virtual summit that brings together impact-driven individuals from around the world to explore, understand, design and co-create solutions the most pressing challenges. The Global People’s Summit is organized in partnership with the United Nations Office for Partnerships and takes place during the United Nations General Assembly as an official part of UN Global Goals Week. Learn more at www.globalpeoplesummit.org and follow on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

For press enquiries and Global People’s Summit Media Accreditation contact:

Ms. Michelle Martin, Press Lead at michelle@globalpeoplesummit.org and Ms. Whitney Hu, Communications Director at whitney@globalpeoplesummit.org.

 

EDUCATION CANNOT WAIT ANNOUNCES US$35 MILLION ALLOCATION

 ECW provides its largest allocation to date to support quality education for 1.6 million crisis-affected children and youth in Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Uganda

20 September 2018, New York – The Education Cannot Wait fund (ECW) is allocating a total of US$35 million as seed funding to support the launch of three ground-breaking multi-year education programmes designed to deliver quality learning opportunities to 1.6 million children and youth affected by conflict and violence.

This is the largest allocation from the ECW Fund since its inception. It comprises $11 million to support the Education Response Plan for Refugees and Host communities in Uganda, $12 million allocated to the Delivering Collective Education Outcomes in Afghanistan programme, and $12 million to support Education for Rohingya Refugees and Host Communities in Bangladesh.

“The launch of these three multi-year programmes marks a turning point in the way the multilateral aid system delivers education in emergencies and protracted crises,” said Education Cannot Wait Director Yasmine Sherif. “It sets concrete examples of ‘the new way of working’ through cooperation and collaboration between humanitarian and development actors. It is about all coming together, about how global, national and local stakeholders join forces to find solutions to provide quality education and restore hope to millions of children and youth caught up in some of the most difficult circumstances of conflict and displacement.”

ECW is pioneering the new way of working in the education-in-emergencies sector to strengthen the links between relief and development efforts, and deliver rapid and sustainable responses to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 4. The Fund provided the impetus and supported the development by in-country partners of the three multi-year programmes, acting as a catalyst to bring together humanitarian and development actors.

“The announcement of ECW’s allocation today is the starting line. In order to deliver on our collective obligation to fulfill the right to education of all children in conflict and crisis, public and private donors must deepen and expand their investment specifically addressing education in humanitarian contexts,” said Sherif. “Valued stakeholders and donors have already indicated their support to these ECW-facilitated programmes, and we are confident additional actors will come forward and contribute.”

The three ECW-facilitated multi-year education programmes aim to provide quality education to refugees, internally displaced, and host community and vulnerable children and youth as follows:

  • In Uganda: The 3.5-year programme calls for contributions of $389 million to reach over 560,000 refugee and host community children and youth, recruit and remunerate more than 9,000 teachers on a yearly basis, train over 12,500 teachers and build close to 3,000 classrooms yearly. The response plan has been developed under the leadership of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports and UNHCR, and will be managed by consortium facilitated by Save the Children. Other key partners include UN Agencies, bilateral donors, and international and local civil society organizations. To date, $80 million in contributions from the Government and its partners has been identified, including ECW’s seed funding.

In Afghanistan: The 3-year programme calls for contributions of $150 million to reach over 500,000 internally displaced and returnee children and youth as well as vulnerable children in remote areas and host communities. It will create an inclusive teaching and learning environment; improve continuity of education; and create safer and more protective learning environments, with a target of 50 per cent towards girls’ access to quality education. The key partners facilitating the programme under the leadership of the Ministry of Education include UNICEF, Save the Children, UN agencies, bilateral donors, and international and local civil society organizations. To date, $22 million in contributions has been allocated to the programme, including ECW’s seed funding.

  • In Bangladesh: The 2-year framework calls for contributions of $222 million to build on the existing emergency response and reach over 560,000 refugee and host community children and youth and 9,800 teachers in Cox’s Bazar district. It is an extension of the humanitarian response and is therefore aligned with the current Joint Response Plan. Key partners who have participated in the development of this framework include UNHCR, UNESCO, UNICEF, and international and local civil society organizations. To date over $97 million has been allocated towards the framework, including ECW’s seed funding..

This $35 million allocation brings ECW’s investments to a total of $127 million in 17 crisis-affected countries since the Fund became operational eighteen months ago. ECW’s investments are currently reaching 765,000 children and youth in the world’s worst crises, half of whom are girls and adolescent girls. The number of children and youth reached will now scale up significantly.

The full press release is available here.

Global People’s Summit Special Session to announce winning ideas of Education Cannot Wait’s Resource Mobilization Challenge

RESOURCEMOBILIZATIONCHALLENGEMEDIA ADVISORY

The $8.5 Billion Challenge – Innovating Solutions to Mobilize Finance for Education in Crisis

Time: 22 September 2018, 11:20-12:00

Place: Manhattan Center, 311 West 34th Street, New York, NY 10001

Registration: Journalists please register 21 September at 12:30 PM. Livestream available for remote attendance if unavailable to be there in person. The session will be from 11:20 to 11:30. Interviews available immediately following the session in the Global People’s Summit press room from 11:30 to 12:00.

Organizers: Education Cannot Wait and the Global People’s Summit

Speakers: Yasmine Sherif, Director, Education Cannot Wait; Finalists of the Education Cannot Wait Resource Mobilization Challenge

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Journalists are invited to attend the awards presentation from the Education Cannot Wait Resource Mobilization Challenge, 22 September 2018 at 11:20 am EDT. This will take place during the live show during the Global People’s Summit, an online digital summit in partnership with the United Nations during the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). Their innovative platform is 100% free and democratizes access to conversations taking place at UNGA to really put people at the center of global decisions.

Finalists from the challenge will share innovative solutions to mobilize funds to fill the US$8.5 billion annual gap in funding for education in crisis in this special session of the Global People’s Summit. The winners of this year’s challenge will receive up to US$25,000 from Education Cannot Wait (ECW) to develop business plans to accelerate and launch their innovative ideas designed to mobilize resources to help the 75 million children in crisis affected regions worldwide who urgently need educational support.

Close to 200 people from across the globe entered the Education Cannot Wait Resource Mobilization Challenge. The nine best ideas were announced on 10 September. Ideas were nominated based on their innovative character, their potential to mobilize millions of dollars to fund education programmes for children and young people in crisis settings, as well as their feasibility, implementation cost and associated risks.

  • Tune in for the livestream Jury Session of the ECW Resource Mobilization Challenge. September 21 at 7:30am EDT. View Livestream
  • Meet the finalists of the ECW Resource Mobilization Challenge.

Learn more about the funding gap for education in crisis

  • Across the globe 75 million children in crisis-affected areas are in urgent need of education support. Learn More
  • There is an estimated funding gap of US$8.5 billion for education in crisis. Learn More

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Notes to Editors:

Details on ECW’s Resource Mobilization Challenge are available at: www.educationcannotwait.org/challenge

About Education Cannot Wait (ECW)

ECW is a global fund launched by international humanitarian and development aid actors, along with public and private donors, to deliver education in conflict and  crisis settings. The Fund aims to generate additional resources to close the annual $8.5 billion gap to meet the needs of 75 million children and young people whose education is disrupted by crisis. ECW’s investment modalities are designed to usher in a more collaborative approach among actors on the ground, ensuring relief and development organizations join forces to achieve education outcomes.

ECW’s Secretariat is hosted by UNICEF in its Headquarters in New York.

Additional information is available at www.educationcannotwait.org

For press enquiries and to schedule an interview, contact:

Ms. Anouk Desgroseilliers,

adesgroseilliers@unicef.org, +1 917 640-6820

Global People’s Summit

The Global People’s Summit is a one-of-a-kind global virtual summit that brings together impact-driven individuals from around the world to explore, understand, design and co-create solutions the most pressing challenges. The Global People’s Summit is organized in partnership with the United Nations Office for Partnerships and takes place during the United Nations General Assembly as an official part of UN Global Goals Week. Learn more at www.globalpeoplesummit.org and follow on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

For press enquiries and Global People’s Summit Media Accreditation contact:

Ms. Michelle Martin, Press Lead at michelle@globalpeoplesummit.org and Ms. Whitney Hu, Communications Director at whitney@globalpeoplesummit.org.

 

From the ground up

In Shaheedan Village, WADAN through ECW funding purchased school bags, stationery, tarpaulins and tents and hired a teacher.
In Shaheedan Village, WADAN through ECW funding purchased school bags, stationery, tarpaulins and tents and hired a teacher.

In war-torn Afghanistan displaced children find hope to receive an education

Rabidullah is just 12 years old. He’s a tough kid. Smart, energetic and interested in the world around him. But Rabidullah is living a life interrupted by war.

In October 2017, fighting between ISIS, Taliban and Government Troops uprooted the boy, who was attending the fourth grade at the Teko School in Nangarhar’s Achin District. Now Rabidullah lives in the Shaheedan Village displacement camp. There are no school facilities, books, classrooms or teachers for Rabidullah and the countless other kids like him that lack access to safe, high-quality free education.

“I suffered. I lost my home, my classmates and my teacher, and was left without a school, class or books,” said Rabidullah.

While life in the refugee camp is tough, a new light is providing an opportunity for young people like Rabidullah to find a piece of safety and normalcy in a world turned upside down.

With financial support from Education Cannot Wait, a global fund dedicated to helping the 75 million children and youth worldwide who live in crisis-affected areas and are deprived from reliable education, a new community-based school is being established in the Shaheedan camp.

While the school gets started, a number of community activists, Mullahs and elders (“shuras”) have come together to volunteer to teach the displaced children living in the village.

“I will start teaching these pupils to read and write and will mobilize others to dedicate time to teach the camp children,” said Mr. Rafiqullah, one of the first volunteers to sign up to teach in the Shaheedan camp.

This means new hope for the children of war living in Afghanistan, and a new hope to shape young minds, end illiteracy and empower a whole new generation of Afghanis as the nation works toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG4) to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.”

“I thought that our children’s future had been destroyed and lost forever. I could not imagine that my children would find a place to learn,” said Rabidullah’s Mother. “This is a very remote area, an isolated, rugged desert without government facilities. However, this program has revived our hopes and will help build our future.”

With financial support from Education Cannot Wait (ECW), the Welfare Association for the Development of Afghanistan (WADAN) implements community-based interventions to provide education for children affected by crisis in six districts of Nangarhar Province: Khogyani, Surkhroad, Behsood, Shiwa, Kama and Rodat.  The goal of the project is to provide safe, quality, free education to 10,000 children that are not able to attend school. These children and youth include returnees, internally displaced people (IDP) and host community children aged 3-18. As part of global efforts to ensure inclusive access to education, the programme in Afghanistan also focuses on children with disabilities and prioritizes education opportunities for girls, young women and the most vulnerable.

Rabidullah connects with Mohammad Yousaf, the ECW Project Manager and Rafiqullah, the first volunteer teacher in Shaheedan Village.
Rabidullah connects with Mohammad Yousaf, the ECW Project Manager and Rafiqullah, the first volunteer teacher in Shaheedan Village.

Statement by Rt Hon Gordon Brown on the Launch of the Education Response Plan for Refugees and Host Communities in Uganda

Statement by Rt Hon Gordon Brown, United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education & Chair of the ECW High-Level Steering Group (HLSG)

Today marks an important milestone in the way that the international community, together with host governments, address the crisis situation of the 75 million children and youth in armed conflict, refugee camps, natural disasters and countries affected by epidemics deprived of their right to a quality education.   These children and their education, traditionally left behind, are now not only at the center of humanitarian response and will also be supported by a new way of working: supporting the delivery of education in the humanitarian-development nexus.

Following the Uganda Solidarity Summit on Refugees of June last year, the Government of Uganda, together with local and international humanitarian and development partners, have worked to complete an Education Response Plan for over half million refugees from South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and other countries.  Together with students from Ugandan host communities, who have been very supportive of their refugee peers, we now have plan to deliver education in a true partnership.   While the total cost of the three and a half year plan is USD 389 million, I am happy to report that Education Cannot Wait will be working to provide significant seed funding towards this programme.

I take this opportunity to sincerely thank my dear friend, Uganda’s Minister of Education and Sports, Janet Museveni,  for her leadership and support to this comprehensive, joint plan, bringing together the in international donor agencies, UN agencies, and NGOs who have worked to make the plan a reality.

– Gordon Brown

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UNHCR monthly update highlights details of Education Response Plan
The Education Response Plan for Refugees and Host Communities in Uganda (ERP) was launched in Kampala on 14 September 2018 by the Minister for Education and Sports, Her Excellency Mrs. Janet Museveni, the First Lady of Uganda.

This Plan is the first of its kind worldwide and represents a huge policy step forward for refugee education globally. Speaking at this Launch Event, as above, included the
Minister for Education and Sports; Alex Kakooza (Permanent Secretary MoES); Minister Hilary Onek (Minister for Relief, Disaster Preparedness and Refugees), Aggrey Kibenge (Under Secretary MoES), Rosa Malango (UN Resident Coordinator), Joel Boutroue (UNHCR Representative); Jennie Barugh (Former Head of DFID),
Yasmine Sherif (Global Director of Education Cannot Wait) and refugee teacher, Dumba Lawrence David from Bidibidi Settlement in Yumbe District.

The Plan sets out a vision where all refugee children, as well as host community children, have access to quality learning at all levels, including pre-primary, primary, secondary and non-formal education.

The ERP targets children and youth in 12 refugee-hosting districts in Uganda
where more than half a million children are currently out of learning and out of school.” – UNHCR Monthly Update

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ECW Announces Resource Mobilization Challenge Finalists

New York, 10 September 2018 – The Education Cannot Wait (ECW) fund is delighted to reveal the fundraising ideas selected for the final of its resource mobilization challenge. These ideas – submitted by seven individuals, social entrepreneurs and civil society organisations – have been identified as the best ones among the almost 200 submissions received from all over the world.

Ideas were nominated based on their innovative character, their potential to mobilize millions of dollars to fund education programmes for children and young people in crisis settings, as well as their feasibility, implementation cost and associated risks.

Finalists will have 10 minutes to pitch their ideas to the Challenge Jury during a livestreamed event on Friday 21 September from 7:30 am to 9:00 am (EST). Jury members will then deliberate in a closed session to select the best ideas to be awarded the three $25,000 funding prizes destined to support the development of business plans.

The three best ideas will be announced at the Global People’s Summit on 22 September on the margins of the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly.

 

Finalists for the ECW Resource Mobilization Challenge are:

 

  • Global Investment Fund by Yasser Bentaibi, 4usConsulting, from Morocco Waqf (charitable endowment) which would invest in economic empowerment programmes. The profit generated would be used to support education in emergencies.

 

  • Charity Motivation App by Lisa Biermann from Germany App users can set goals for behavior change for themselves. Whenever users do not achieve their goals they must pay a fee that would be donated to education in emergencies.

 

  • Education in Emergencies Coin by John Gravel from the USA ECW would issue a new cryptocurrency and receive funding through its Initial Coin Offering (ICO), a “tax” on “mining” new coins, and issuing emergency coins that would work like a parametric insurance.

 

  • Reverse Debt Conversion by Richard R. Murray from the USA The idea is to convert defaulted U.S. credit card debt to fund both education in emergencies and partial payments to creditors in return for the creditors deleting negative information from debtors’ credit reports.

 

  • Kanelbullar by Richard R. Murray from the USA IKEA would dedicate its sales from kanelbullar (cinnamon rolls) on Tuesdays, its slowest retail day, to fund education in emergencies.

 

  • College Endowment Excise Tax by Richard R. Murray from the USA Wealthy U.S. colleges would enroll students from crisis-affected countries, which would provide the colleges with a strategy for avoiding/reducing millions of dollars from the new federal excise tax on their endowments.

 

  • Global Lottery on Mobile Phones by Michael Makwani, Randy Mulinge, and Amina Mwatu from Kenya A share of the proceeds of the lottery would be donated to education in emergencies.

 

  • Every Child Needs a School – Book Industry supports ECW by Mary Muchena- Stredwick and Rachel Stredwick from the United Kingdom International book publishers, retailers, and authors would sign-up to contribute up to 1 percent of the net sale of book purchases to the ECW Fund.

 

  • 1-in-9 Fund by Brock Warner, War Child Canada, from Canada Establish a publicly traded investment fund which would direct a share of the fund’s management fees to support children and youth affected by conflict and crisis. 1 in 9 children are living in a war-affected country.

 

ECW congratulates all finalists for their bold ideas and the quality of their submissions! ECW also extends its sincere appreciation to all those who participated in the Resource Mobilization Challenge.

Our team was impressed by the creativity and variety of ideas that were submitted. It is our hope that the engagement of contestants for the cause of education in emergencies will continue well beyond this challenge.

Read the full Press Release here: Press Release – Resource Mobilization Challenge Finalists

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