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
ECW WEBSITE USER SURVEY We are revamping our Education Cannot Wait (ECW) website ( To inform the structure, design and content of the new site, we are seeking your feedback on our website and how we can enhance its features to better meet your ...
ECW INTERVIEWS SAVE THE CHILDREN UK’S CHIEF EXECUTIVE KEVIN WATKINS Kevin Watkins is the Chief Executive of Save the Children UK. Kevin joined Save the Children in September 2016, after spending three years as Executive Director of the Overseas Development Institute.
Previously, he held a senior academic role at the ...
INTERVIEW WITH ECW DIRECTOR YASMINE SHERIF ON EDUCATION CANNOT WAIT’S FIFTH ANNIVERSARY – INTER PRESS... IPS: As you reflect on the 5-year anniversary of ECW, what do you think are some of the programme’s most important achievements?
Yasmine Sherif: That we actually reached those children and youth left furthest behind in some of the most ...
EDUCATION CANNOT WAIT SCALES UP MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES FOR CRISIS-IMPACTED CHILDREN AND YOUTH New US$300,000 ECW Acceleration Facility grant will be delivered by the Child Protection Area of Responsibility, focusing on creating new public goods to improve linkage between education in emergencies, mental health and child protection actors
12 May 2021, New York ...
ECW INTERVIEWS MELISSA FLEMING, UNITED NATIONS UNDER-SECRETARY-GENERAL FOR GLOBAL COMMUNICATIONS Melissa Fleming is the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for the Department of Global Communications – taking up her functions as of 1 September 2019 – and oversees operations in 60 countries and platforms that reach millions of people in multiple languages.
ECW ANNOUNCES US$1 MILLION GRANT TO ENSURE ACCESS TO EDUCATION FOR NEWLY ARRIVED REFUGEES IN... UNHCR will implement new grant in partnership with Government of Cameroon and other key stakeholders to respond to spike in children and youth arriving from Central African Republic
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5 May 2021, New York – Education Cannot Wait (ECW) ...

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