EDUCATION CANNOT WAIT PROVIDES DIRELY NEEDED EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES TO 1.4 MILLION CHILDREN AND YOUTH CAUGHT IN THE WORLD’S WORST HUMANITARIAN CRISES IN ITS FIRST TWO YEARS OF OPERATION

THE GLOBAL FUND FOR EDUCATION IN EMERGENCIES AND ITS RANGE OF PARTNERS ARE SHIFTING THE NEEDLE FOR EDUCATION TO BE A PRIORITY IN HUMANITARIAN RESPONSES TO ENSURE NO CHILD IS LEFT BEHIND

 

GENEVA/NEW YORK, 30 August 2019 – Education Cannot Wait reached more than 1.4 million children and youth caught in armed conflicts, forced displacement, natural disasters and protracted crises in its first two years of operation, according to the Fund’s 2018 Annual Report, launched today at the United Nations in Geneva by the Director of the Education Cannot Wait Global Fund, Yasmine Sherif.

“Nearly one and a half million children and youth furthest left behind in conflicts, forced displacement and disasters have been given the hope, opportunity and safety of a quality education,” said Yasmine Sherif. These girls and boys are now benefitting from quality, inclusive education, helping them to cope with the trauma and stress of crises, and to regain the chance to develop to their full potential and arise out of their suffering.

 

Education Cannot Wait (ECW) is the first global fund for education in emergencies and it seeks to mobilize US$1.8 billion by 2021 to reach 9 million children and youth living in crises and displacement. ECW works to bring those furthest behind to the forefront; of the children and youth reached, almost 50 per cent are girls, 46 per cent are refugees and internally displaced persons, and 14,000 are children with disabilities. In situations of conflict, forced displacement and disasters, these children and youth are too often the most marginalized. Without access to education, they face high risks of exploitation and abuse, sexual violence, early marriage and pregnancies, forced recruitment by armed groups as well as toxic stress and trauma.

The report also shows that ECW is increasing the speed of delivering education in emergency responses in new or escalating crises. Through its emergency funding allocations, in-country responders were able to rapidly provide or restore learning opportunities to children and adolescents in sudden onset crises such as during the new displacements in the Democratic Republic in the Congo and the new displacements in Nigeria.

Beyond short-term responses, ECW is also pioneering joint programmes to advance humanitarian and development coherence, supporting a crucial shift of the aid system to provide continuous quality, inclusive education in protracted crises and forced displacement contexts that very often last longer than the average school curriculum.

In 2018, ECW and its partners launched four ground-breaking Multi-Year Resilience Programmes to deliver longer-term education solutions to crisis-affected girls and boys in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Central Africa Republic and Uganda. In partnership with strategic donors, national governments, communities, UN agencies, NGOs and private sector partners, ECW has laid the ground for such multi-year education responses to be launched in a total of 25 priority countries affected by crises by 2021.

Protection, access, quality learning outcomes and gender equality are top priorities across ECW’s investments. The Fund also promotes safe, inclusive learning environments and gender-sensitive programmes through a wide range of interventions. These include supporting the training of female teachers, the provision of psycho-social support, support to children’s transportation to and from schools, support for the inclusion of refugee children in host-countries national education systems, support to teacher training and incentives, temporary learning structures, remedial classes, non-formal education and vocational training opportunities, etc.

ECW also exceeded its target in supporting the aid localization agenda and the Grand Bargain commitments, with close to 30 per cent of its funding going as directly as possible to local responders, according to the report. “ECW is a catalyst for collective efforts. Its diverse range of local, national and international partners are devoted to building locally owned and sustainable solutions to bring quality education to millions more children and youth living in crises who don’t have access to an education,” Sherif said. “Only by working together and staying firm on our commitments can we accelerate advancement towards the Sustainable Development Goals, especially SDG4, which calls on world leaders to ensure education for every girl and boy by 2030.”

Since its inception, ECW has mobilized US$460 million to date to support children and youth living in 29 countries – with a total of US$333.5 million mobilized by the end of 2018, according to the report. And, as a result of ongoing advocacy and resource mobilization efforts of ECW, 15 strategic donor partners, civil society organizations, national governments and UN Agencies, the crucial role of education in crisis settings and the urgent need for increased funding is increasingly recognized on the global political agenda.

This is shown by recent unprecedented commitments by key stakeholders: the United Kingdom’s Department of International Development £90 million contribution to ECW at the G7 this month; the European Union’s announcement to devote 10 per cent of its humanitarian aid budget to education; and, the landmark G7 2018 Charlevoix Declaration on girls’ education in crisis.

However, despite the well-documented potential of education as an enabler to break cycles of poverty and protracted crises, and while donors have increased their focus on education in emergencies and protracted crises, the funding gap for education in emergency and crisis settings remains very large. According to the report, 56 per cent of the total amount of resources needed for education in emergencies appeals were unfunded in 2018, and the share of funding for education in emergencies increased only slightly – from 3.8 to 4.3 per cent of all humanitarian funding in 2018. ECW and its partners continue to appeal to governments, private sector, and philanthropic organizations to urgently mobilize $1.8 billion in funding for education in emergencies and protracted crisis by 2021 to support 9 million children annually

 

Results Highlights 2018*

  • 1,413,936 crisis-affected children and youth reached
    • 47% girls, 46% refugees and internally displaced, 14,000 children with disabilities
  • 2,798 classrooms built or rehabilitated
  • 726,610 children received individual learning materials
  • 20,047 teachers trained – 44% female
  • 78,425 children supported through early childhood education – 52% girls
  • 44% of ECW-supported countries promoted the use of a teacher’s code of conduct
  • 50% of ECW-supported countries trained teachers in psychosocial support
  • 33% of ECW-supported countries provided psycho-social support services

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Note:

*Children are reached through a comprehensive approach with different types of assistance that are context-specific (e.g. upgraded learning spaces, teachers trained or financially supported, learning materials, school feeding, etc.) Figures on the number of children and teachers reached are cumulative for the calendar year 2018, based on reports from ECW grants active in 2018. The total number of children reached does not include data for Yemen. Due to the highly complex nature of the crisis, about 1.3 million children in Yemen were supported to take end-of-cycle exams and received food rations. As this type of assistance is different from the assistance provided in other countries, beneficiaries are featured separately pending further aggregation of data.

About Education Cannot Wait (ECW):

ECW is the first global fund dedicated to education in emergencies. It was launched by international humanitarian and development aid actors, along with public and private donors, to address the urgent education needs of 75 million children and youth in conflict and crisis settings. 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. Education Cannot Wait is hosted by UNICEF. The Fund is administered under UNICEF’s financial, human resources and administrative rules and regulations, while operations are run by the Fund’s own independent governance structure. 

To date, ECW has invested in education in emergencies for children in the following countries affected by crises: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brazil, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Colombia, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Lebanon, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Nepal, Nigeria, State of Palestine, Papua-New Guinea, Peru, Somalia, Syria, Uganda, Ukraine, Venezuela (regional response), Yemen, Zimbabwe.  

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UK PRIME MINISTER ANNOUNCES AN UNPRECEDENTED £90 MILLION CONTRIBUTION TO EDUCATION CANNOT WAIT AT G7

FUNDING WILL GIVE 600,000 CHILDREN AND YOUTH LIVING IN CONFLICTS AND EMERGENCIES THE HOPE AND OPPORTUNITY FOR A BETTER FUTURE THROUGH EDUCATION

NEW YORK, 25 August 2019 – Education Cannot Wait warmly welcomes today’s announcement by the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson, to allocate £90 million (US$110.5 million) in new funding to provide education opportunities for vulnerable children and youth caught in armed conflicts, natural disasters, forced displacement and protracted crises around the world.

“This generous contribution for education in emergencies by the United Kingdom’s Department of International Development (DFID) to Education Cannot Wait is the largest, single contribution received thus far and will have a massive, positive impact,” said Yasmine Sherif, Director of Education Cannot Wait. “It will benefit 600,000 children and youth – especially girls – whose education is disrupted and leaves them furthest behind due to armed conflicts, natural disasters and other emergencies around the world.” 

“We are deeply grateful to the Prime Minister, DFID and all the people of the United Kingdom for their generosity and confidence in the progress being made to rapidly and efficiently invest in quality education in some of the world’s most dangerous and unstable situations,” continued Sherif. “This progress is a collective one: Education Cannot Wait applies the New Way of Working in close collaboration with governments, UN agencies, civil society and the private sector.”    

This significant contribution will accelerate access to education for girls as a priority, as well as for children with disabilities, children from minority groups, and refugee and displaced children. These are among the most vulnerable and most excluded from a viable, quality education that will bring them the hope, learning, safety and opportunity they need, want and deserve. 

“This investment in education is not only an investment in children and youth, it is indeed an investment in our shared humanity. For a girl in a conflict or crisis-stricken country, it is a double investment: education is an empowering, transformative force for good, which also helps end the denial of her humanity,” said Sherif. “It also makes good on global commitments as it will accelerate progress towards Sustainable Development Goal 4: to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education.”

Girls in crisis settings are nearly 2.5 times more likely to be out of school than those living in countries where there is no crisis. In armed conflicts and other crises, out-of-school girls are at high risk of sexual abuse and exploitation, forced and early marriage, recruitment and child labor. Education can offer them the hope, protection, sense of normalcy and possibility of a brighter future that they need and deserve.

The Government of the United Kingdom is a founding member of Education Cannot Wait. With this new unprecedented pledge, the UK becomes Education Cannot Wait’s biggest donor, with the UK’s total contribution now amounting to US$154 million to the global Education Cannot Wait fund. 

ECW and its partners have already reached nearly 1.5 million children and youth in crises with quality education opportunities, and plan to launch multi-year educational responses in 25 priority countries by 2021. It is the first global multi-lateral fund dedicated to education for children and youth in war zones, natural disasters and crises.

Civil society organizations around the world have joined Education Cannot Wait in welcoming DFID’s important contribution and appeal to other governments, the private sector and philanthropic organizations to urgently mobilize $1.8 billion in funding for education in emergencies by 2021 to support 9 million children annually.  

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About Education Cannot Wait (ECW):

ECW is the first global fund dedicated to education in emergencies. It was launched by international humanitarian and development aid actors, along with public and private donors, to address the urgent education needs of 75 million children and youth in conflict and crisis settings. 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. Education Cannot Wait is hosted by UNICEF. The Fund is administered under UNICEF’s financial, human resources and administrative rules and regulations, while operations are run by the Fund’s own independent governance structure. 

ECW various investments in education in emergencies for children are operational in 29 countries around the world: Chad, Syria, Ethiopia, Yemen, Ukraine, Central African Republic, Madagascar, Nepal, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Uganda, Somalia, Peru, State of Palestine, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Papua-New Guinea, Lebanon, Panama, Indonesia, Nigeria, Malawi, Mozambique, Ecuador, Brazil, Comoros, Cameroon, Colombia, Greece, Zimbabwe.  

 

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EDUCATION CANNOT WAIT ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH PROFUTURO TO DEPLOY DIGITAL EDUCATION SOLUTIONS FOR CHILDREN CAUGHT UP IN CONFLICT AND CRISES

INITIAL SUPPORT BEING DEPLOYED FOR REFUGEE AND DISPLACED CHILDREN IN ETHIOPIA

20 June 2019, New York – Today, on World Refugee Day, Education Cannot Wait announces a new partnership with ProFuturo to improve access to quality education and learning opportunities for children uprooted by conflict and crises through digital education and teacher training solutions.


Through this partnership, ProFuturo – an education initiative by Spanish Telefónica Foundation and “La Caixa” Foundation – will support digital education solutions in a number of Education Cannot Wait’s multi-year education programmes, with a focus on providing education to refugee children, internally displaced children and their host communities.
 
“The partnership with Education Cannot Wait will allow ProFuturo to extend the scope of its work and adapt its innovative educational program to address the needs of children caught in areas of conflict and crises” said ProFuturo Director General, Sofía Fernández de Mesa. “No child should be deprieved of quality education, regardless of the situation they are going through. Education is their gateway to a better future.”
 
Work is already underway in Ethiopia, where Profuturo is participating in defining the multi-year programme being developed by Education Cannot Wait in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, UNICEF, UNHCR, Save the Children, Plan International, other international organizations and donors, and national civil society partners.
 
The three-year programme addresses the needs of refugee out-of-school children and those deprived of education due to the internal displacement of populations fuelled by insecurity and climate change related emergencies, such as drought and floods. ProFuturo is integrating digital education solutions in the programme – which will be implemented and financed by ProFuturo and its partners – to  complement more traditional learning approaches.
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“Education Cannot Wait welcomes this ground-breaking partnership with ProFuturo. For girls and boys in crisis situations,  such as refugees and internally displaced, technology can be a powerful enabler for learning,” said Education Cannot Wait Director, Yasmine Sherif. “By working together, we leverage each organization’s strengths and expertise to deliver more impactful results for these children and youth,” she said.

Both partners are committed to collaborating in countries that represent a shared priority and where ProFuturo’s innovative education program may be scaled up to benefit more children, working in partnership with Ministries of Education and other international and national organizations to ensure more effective and sustainable interventions.

ProFuturo has adapted its digital education programme to refugee contexts with a holistic approach aligned with the principles of the International Network of Education in Emergencies (INEE), with the goal of ensuring, in both formal and non-formal education contexts, three fundamental pillars: access to education, quality of learning, and resilience of refugee children. ProFuturo trains teachers and deploys equipment and/or software to provide digital learning experiences for elementary-school aged children and support teachers’ professional development.
 
Working with a wide range of international and national partners, Education Cannot Wait – the first global fund dedicated to education in emergencies – is reaching 1.4 million children and youth in some of the world’s worst humanitarian crises. This includes close to half a million refugees and 200,000 internally displaced children – half of the total children reached by the Fund are girls.
 
“Strong and innovative partnerships like the one we announce today are essential for the global community to deliver on the promise of Sustainable Development Goal 4. Only through  collaborative partnerships can we deliver quality education for every single girl and boy on the planet by 2030 – and not leave behind the millions of children and youth in conflicts and displacement,” said Yasmine Sherif. 

Education Cannot Wait and its partners just launched a $1.8 billion call to action for governments, private sector companies, philanthropic foundations and global leaders to rise and support the Fund’s efforts in mobilizing resources to fill the funding gap for education in emergencies and protracted crises.
 

Key Facts and Figures
 

  • More than half of the world’s refugee children – 4 million – are not in school. They face the double jeopardy of losing both their homes and their education. Without an education, these children do not have a future.
     
  • Refugee children are 5 times more likely to be out of school than other children in the countries in which they are displaced.
     
  • Refugee girls are more likely to be out of school than boys.
     
  • Only 61% of refugee children have access to primary education, compared to a global level of more than 90%.
     
  • Only 22% of refugee adolescents attend secondary, compared to a global level of 84%.
     
  • Of the world’s refugees, 85% live in low-income and middle-income countries whose education systems already struggle to meet the needs of the marginalised.
     

Notes to Editors:

About Education Cannot Wait (ECW):

ECW is the first global fund dedicated to education in emergencies. It was launched by international humanitarian and development aid actors, along with public and private donors, to address the urgent education needs of 75 million children and youth in conflict and crisis settings.
Since it became operational in 2017, ECW has invested US$139.5 million and committed an additional $85 million in 25 crisis-affected countries. To date, the Fund is reaching more than 1.4 million children.
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. Education Cannot Wait is hosted by UNICEF. The Fund is administered under UNICEF’s financial, human resources and administrative rules and regulations, while operations are run by the Fund’s own independent governance structure.

Additional information is available at www.educationcannotwait.org

For press enquiries, contact: Anouk Desgroseilliers, adesgroseilliers@educationcannotwait.org , +1 917 640-6820

For any other enquiries, contact: info@educationcannotwait.org   


About ProFuturo

ProFuturo is a digital education program launched by Fundación Telefónica and “La Caixa” Foundation,  whose mission is to reduce the educational gap in the world by providing quality digital education to children in vulnerable environments in Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. Its aim is to provide the best education to 10 million children in vulnerable environments in 2020 and to 25 million in 2030.
The educational proposal incorporates professional teacher development through training, digital resources and new teaching-learning methodologies.
In addition, the program aims to welcome and promote the participation of other companies and institutions and aims to create a large international network of teachers who teach, learn and share knowledge to achieve, among all, a better education in the world.
Since its birth in 2016 ProFuturo has reached 28 countries, benefited 8 million children and trained almost 300,000 teachers.

E-mail contact: etorresv@llorenteycuenca.com Mobile: 669326271

EDUCATION CANNOT WAIT AND A WIDE RANGE OF NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS LAUNCH $1.8 BILLION RESOURCE MOBILIZATION CALL TO ACTION

CATALYTIC INVESTMENTS TO SUPPORT QUALITY EDUCATION FOR 9 MILLION CHILDREN AND YOUTH IN THE WORLD’S WORST HUMANITARIAN CRISES

13 June 2019, New York – Education Cannot Wait and its partners are launching the “Act 4 Education in Crisis” campaign calling on governments, private sector companies, philanthropic foundations and global leaders to rise and support the Fund’s efforts to mobilize $1.8 billion by 2021 for 9 million children and youth living in the midst of war, forced displacement and disaster.

In times of crisis, education can play a life-saving and life-sustaining role. Yet, a large gap persists in funding for education in crisis, with just 2 to 4 per cent of annual humanitarian funding going to the education sector. This underfunding has left behind 75 million children whose education is disrupted by conflict, disaster and crisis.

Education Cannot Wait – a global fund for education in emergencies hosted by UNICEF – is filling this gap. Working with a wide range of partners, our investments provide speedy educational responses when a crisis erupts or escalates, while also linking humanitarian and development aid efforts to optimize collective efforts and ensure quality learning outcomes for children and youth in protracted crisis contexts.

“Girls and boys caught up in conflicts and crises endure abnormal circumstances of unspeakable violence, dispossession and disruption to their young lives. Their will to survival compels them to develop extraordinary resilience in coping with these sudden or chronic circumstances,” said Education Cannot Wait Director Yasmine Sherif. “If we who are spared their suffering act generously now by investing in their intellectual, social and emotional development through continued quality education, we can protect them, and help them transform their experiences and scars into creativity, knowledge and productivity, and may even open the doors for a new generation that is empowered to bring positive change.”

Education Cannot Wait’s new Case for investment in Quality Education in Crisis lays out the urgency and the value of investing in the education of children in crisis-affected countries as one of the soundest investment in human and socio-economic development and in peace and stability to make today. It is endorsed by the UN Special Envoy for Global Education and Chair of the Fund’s High-Level Steering Group, Rt Hon Gordon Brown, development ministers, education ministers of crisis-affected countries, Heads of UN agencies, private sector partners and philanthropists, global education ambassadors and civil society partners.

“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, let us bridge this gap between humanitarian and development aid. Let us fund humanitarian aid in education properly. 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 Gordon Brown.

Around the globe, hundreds of civil society organizations are rallying behind the “Act for Education in Crisis” campaign.

“Across the world children affected by crises tell us that education is the key to their futures, their safety, their health and their happiness, and that it cannot be delayed. We call upon donors to urgently support the education of girls and boys, including forcibly displaced children, caught up in humanitarian crises by fully funding Education Cannot Wait so that it can provide quality, inclusive and safe education to 9 million children and youth annually by 2021,” said a coalition of civil society organizations in a joint statement issued today.

Since it became operational in 2017, Education Cannot Wait has reached 1.4 million children. This includes close to half a million refugees and over 200,000 internally displaced children and youth. Half of all the children reached by the Fund are girls.

For Aisha, a 16-year-old refugee girl in Chad who fled Nigeria after a Boko Haram attack on her village, this is the difference between the hope of becoming one day a doctor and a life of marginalization. For 12-year-old Zakaria in Syria, this means an opportunity to continue his schooling and hang on to the dream of a better future despite the conflict raging in his country.

By raising $673 million by 2021, the Education Cannot Wait Global Trust Fund responds to new sudden onset crises, such as the recent devastation caused by Cyclone Idai in Southern Africa or the escalating Venezuela crisis. The Fund also supports multi-year educational responses with a target of 25 priority countries affected by protracted crises to provide hope and opportunities to 9 million children like Aisha and Zakaria. These groundbreaking programmes, launched with Education Cannot Wait’s seed-funding allocations, need to catalyze an additional $1.2 billion in co-financing at the country level.

To date, Education Cannot Wait has mobilized over $344 million from 15 generous public and private donors. With the launch of the “Act 4 Education in Crisis” campaign, the Fund builds on its first two years initial success, deepening the support of existing partners and calling on new donors to join the partnership.

“Our strategic donor partners are generously and steadfastly seeking to meet the challenge but much more remains to be done,” says Sherif. “By working together and investing about $113 per child per year, we can empower the next generation of leaders. When we invest in the human mind, when learning is achieved, it cannot be taken away or destroyed. Indeed, a good education is all that is left when all else crumbles.”

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Learn more about the “Act for Education in Crisis” #Act4Ed campaign and its supporters: www.act4educationincrisis.org

Download the Education Cannot Wait’s Case for Investment in Quality Education In Crisis here.

The joint statement by civil society partners is available here.

EDUCATION IN EMERGENCIES BY THE NUMBERS*

  • 30%. Children and youth in fragile and conflict affected countries are 30 per cent less likely to complete primary education.
  • 50%. Children and youth in fragile and conflict affected countries are 50 per cent less likely to complete lower-secondary education.
  • 5X. Girls in crisis settings are 2.5 times more likely to be out of primary school than boys.
  • 90%. Girls in crisis settings are 90 per cent more likely to be out of secondary school than those living in countries where there is no crisis.
  • 39 Million. An estimated 39 million girls caught up in war, disasters and crisis need urgent educational support.
  • $15-30 Trillion. The World Bank estimates that if every girl worldwide were to receive 12 years of quality schooling, irrespective of whether there’s a crisis or not, their lifetime earnings could increase by $15 trillion to $30 trillion.

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Notes to Editors
About Education Cannot Wait (ECW):

ECW is the first global fund dedicated to education in emergencies. It was launched by international humanitarian and development aid actors, along with public and private donors, to address the urgent education needs of 75 million children and youth in conflict and crisis settings. 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. Education Cannot Wait is hosted by UNICEF. The Fund is administered under UNICEF’s financial, human resources and administrative rules and regulations, while operations are run by the Fund’s own independent governance structure.  Additional information is available at www.educationcannotwait.org

For press enquiries, contact: Anouk Desgroseilliers, adesgroseilliers@educationcannotwait.org , +1 917 640-6820

For any other enquiries, contact: info@educationcannotwait.org

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EDUCATION CANNOT WAIT AND UN GIRLS’ EDUCATION INITIATIVE FORM PARTNERSHIP TO SUPPORT GENDER-RESPONSIVE APPROACHES FOR EDUCATION IN EMERGENCIES

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‘THIS IS ABOUT PUTTING GIRLS FIRST IN EVERYTHING WE DO.’ YASMINE SHERIF, EDUCATION CANNOT WAIT DIRECTOR

In its efforts to protect girls and mainstream gender for educational responses in emergencies, Education Cannot Wait and the United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI) signed an agreement that will improve cooperation and partnership between the two bodies.

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GLOBAL CHARITY THEIRWORLD ANNOUNCES US$2.85 MILLION CONTRIBUTION TO EDUCATION CANNOT WAIT, LAUNCHING INNOVATIVE PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP

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GLOBAL CHARITY THEIRWORLD ANNOUNCES US$2.85 MILLION CONTRIBUTION TO EDUCATION CANNOT WAIT, LAUNCHING INNOVATIVE PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP  

GENEROUS GRANT FROM THE DUTCH POSTCODE LOTTERY MAKES THEIRWORLD’S CONTRIBUTION POSSIBLE

5 March 2019, New York – The global charity Theirworld announced today a new US$2.85 million (2.52 million euros) contribution to Education Cannot Wait to support the rapid deployment of education assistance to refugee, displaced and vulnerable children caught in some of the world’s worst humanitarian crises.

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Amsterdam, 4 March 2019: The Chair of Theirworld, Sarah Brown, receiving a generous grant from the Dutch Postcode Lottery at the annual Goed Geld Gala in Amsterdam.

This contribution was made possible through a US$3.57 million (3.15 million euros) grant from the Dutch Postcode Lottery to Theirworld for the global charity to support education in emergencies which was announced at the annual Goed Geld Gala in Amsterdam on Monday. Theirworld will direct US$2.85 million (2.52 million euros) of this generous grant to be delivered in partnership with Education Cannot Wait, launching a unique public-private partnership between the lottery,  and Education Cannot Wait. As part of the new partnership, Theirworld’s Safe Schools Framework will provide guidance on how investments in safe schools and learning environments can be made more effective.

“We are more impactful by working together, and the award by the Dutch Postcode Lottery will allow us to not only deliver education to the most marginalised children, but leverage-up the funding through campaigning to have a multiplier effect for children,” said Sarah Brown, Chair of Theirworld.

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Education Cannot Wait brings together a wide coalition of partners. Through the Fund’s innovative investment modalities, bilateral and multilateral donors, foundations and companies, governments, United Nations agencies and civil society organizations work together to mobilize new education financing and to deploy joint programmes that span across humanitarian and development aid sectors.

“The funding will be used to provide rapid education assistance in places where it is needed most” said Justin van Fleet, Theirworld’s President.  “This new partnership will allow us to support thousands of children living in refugee camps who are not in school – where we need to provide education quickly so they are not part of the lost generation – while we also finding the longer-term solutions so all children can reach their full potential.”

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

This contribution by Theirworld and the Dutch Postcode Lottery joins contributions by business partners through the Global Business Coalition for Education and Dubai Cares, another major education philanthropist. It is the second largest single private contribution to date to Education Cannot Wait – a new global fund that seeks to mobilize US$1.8 billion by 2021 to provide access to education for girls and boys living in war zones, conflict and disasters. Some of Theirworld’s funding will be placed in challenge grants to be matched by other private contributors to multiply the impact.

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“We are profoundly grateful to Theirworld for this contribution to Education Cannot Wait, and to the Dutch Postcode Lottery for making this possible. This is an important signal for other private foundations looking to support educational initiatives. It sets an example for other donors to follow through and we hope to leverage this funding with additional public-private partnerships”, said Yasmine Sherif, Director of Education Cannot Wait.

Education Cannot Wait’s investments have already reached more than 1 million children in crisis such as the recent tsunami in Indonesia, escalating violence in North-East Nigeria, ongoing conflicts in Syria,  Afghanistan and the Central African Republic, and massive refugee influxes in Bangladesh, Ethiopia and Uganda. However, much more remains to be done, with 75 million children in urgent need of educational support in emergencies and protracted crisis worldwide.

IMG_9588Sigrid Kaag, Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation – Yasmine Sherif, Director of Education Cannot Wait – Annemiek Hoogenboom, Country Director People’s Postcode Lottery – Sarah Brown, Chair of Theirworld – Sigrid van Aken, Chief Operating Officer of Novamedia and a member of the boards of the Dutch Postcode Lottery

“Education needs to be this generation’s moonshot and this funding from the Postcode Lottery will allow us to mobilise enough people, partners and resources so that every refugee child is at school” said van Fleet.  “We will look for the hardest to reach children in emergencies and keep a watching brief on all hotspots where children’s education is at risk – from the Greek Aegean Islands, Venezuela and Syria to the Central African Republic and beyond.”

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After years of campaigning, including by Theirworld’s cohort of 1,000 Global Youth Ambassadors, the Education Cannot Wait fund was established in 2016 at the World Humanitarian Summit to provide education to the millions of children and youth who have lost out on education because of war, disasters and crisis. The Fund’s investments focus on increasing access to quality and equitable education in safe and protective learning environments for the most marginalized and vulnerable children, with a special attention to girls, children with disabilities and minorities.

“It is thanks to the voices of young people across the world that education is becoming a global priority for all of humanity – regardless of borders. Education Cannot Wait will quickly translate this generous funding into concrete delivery of education to refugee and displaced children with our new partner Theirworld,” said Sherif.

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Notes to Editors:

Education Cannot Wait (ECW) is the first global fund dedicated to education in emergencies. It was launched by international humanitarian and development aid actors, along with public and private donors, to address the urgent education needs of 75 million children and youth in conflict and crisis settings. 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. Education Cannot Wait is hosted by UNICEF. The Fund is administered under UNICEF’s financial, human resources and administrative rules and regulations, while operations are run by the Fund’s own independent governance structure. For more information: www.educationcannotwait.org

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THE GOVERNMENT OF CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC, EDUCATION CANNOT WAIT, AND A WIDE COALITION OF DONORS AND PARTNERS LAUNCH US$77.6 MILLION EDUCATION PROGRAMME FOR 900,000 CHILDREN

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THE GOVERNMENT OF CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC, EDUCATION CANNOT WAIT, AND A WIDE COALITION OF DONORS AND PARTNERS LAUNCH US$77.6 MILLION EDUCATION PROGRAMME FOR 900,000 CHILDREN

WITH A CATALYTIC US$6.5 MILLION IN SEED FUNDING FROM EDUCATION CANNOT WAIT, THE PROGRAMME WILL BE A ‘FOUNDATION OF PEACE, SECURITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT’

27 February 2019, Bangui – The Government of the Central African Republic and Education Cannot Wait launched a three-year education programme today that will reach an estimated 900,000 children – half of whom are girls – and address the violence and displacement that have left nearly half a million children out of school in the country.

“Education will build the foundation of peace, security and economic development for the people of the Central African Republic,” said Mr. Aboubakar Moukadas-Noure, Central African Republic Minister of Education. “By providing girls and boys with safe learning spaces, qualified teachers, learning materials, school meals, counseling support and other services, this bold and comprehensive programme signals a new age of progress in the Central African Republic. Our children deserve an education. If we are ever to end hunger, violence, displacement and poverty in our country, truly, their education cannot wait.”

The programme benefits from an initial investment of US$6.5 million for 2019-2020 from Education Cannot Wait, a new global fund for education in crisis. The fund is looking to catalyze US$1.8 billion by 2021 to address the needs of children in crisis-affected countries such as the Central African Republic.

Building on the successes of a 12-month US$6 million First Emergency Response financed by Education Cannot Wait, the programme seeks to mobilize US$77.6 million over the next three years. Education Cannot Wait has indicatively committed an additional US$6.5 million per year for the second and third years of the programme, dependent on successful results and availability of funds.

“The global community must step up to fund educational responses in the Central African Republic,” said Graham Lang, Senior Education Advisor at Education Cannot Wait. “The challenges to overcome for children in the country to have universal access to quality education may be immense. But the resilience of these children is even greater. Education is the key that can empower them to tap into this strength to realize their potential and become agents of positive change. Without education, there can be no sustainable recovery, reconciliation and peace.”

The Central African Republic (CAR) is one of the world’s most unstable countries. Widespread violence has had a heavy toll on the population, with one out of four Central African uprooted by the conflict and over two-third of the population in need of humanitarian assistance. Girls and boys are particularly affected, with reports of separated children, sexual violence, forced marriage and early pregnancies, and forced recruitment into armed groups. Since 2017, 89 attacks against schools have been reported while 20 per cent of schools remain closed.

“The programme will target displaced children and host communities with comprehensive efforts to increase access to education, improve retention and ensure education continuity, improve the quality of learning and teaching, and establish safe, protective and inclusive learning environments” Lang said.

 

As part of Education Cannot Wait’s efforts to strengthen links between humanitarian and development aid efforts, the programme connects actors from across the government, UN organizations, national and international NGOs and the private sector.

Key Facts & Figures on the Multi-Year Resilience Programme

  • With transitional classes, the rehabilitation and construction of over 1000 classrooms, and the distribution of 320,000 school kits, the ECW investment in the overall multi-year programme seeks to get over 360,000 out of school children back in protective and safe learning environments, with the goal of reintegrating 90 per cent of the country’s out of school children into the formal education system.

 

  • To reach children in remote locations, an innovative radio education programme is expected to reach around 300,000 girls and boys. It also looks to test cash transfer programmes and will connect with the World Food Programme to implement school feeding programmes in 35 schools.

 

  • Without pay, most teachers have left their posts in CAR, and the educational system primarily relies on untrained community teachers, which comprise over half the teaching force. The programme will provide training and incentives to 12,000 teachers – 35 per cent of whom are female – with the goal of providing better education, keeping children in school and equipping teaching personnel to help children deal with the scars of war, violence and displacement.

 

  • Only one in four girls in CAR are considered literate. The programme seeks to increase the participation of girls in formal and non-formal education by 5 per cent per year. Girls-only sanitary facilities and comprehensive campaigns on sexual education and girl’s rights are part of the programme’s overall efforts to get more girls back in school. The programme will also support 90,000 girls and boys in obtaining official documentation.

 

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The Gov. of Afghanistan, Education Cannot Wait, UNICEF and a coalition of UN, NGO partners and donors launch a multi-year education response programme

 

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The Government of Afghanistan, Education Cannot Wait, UNICEF and a coalition of UN, NGO partners and donors launch a multi-year education response programme to benefit ½ million children annually

Kabul, Afghanistan, 21 February 2019 –  Today, the Government of Afghanistan, the Education Cannot Wait, global fund for education in crisis, and UNICEF launched a multi-year (2018 – 2021) education response programme, for which an initial US$ 22 million has been secured. The new programme will support the government’s policy on community based-education and improve access to safe and reliable education for 500,000 most vulnerable children, including 325,000 girls, in Afghanistan annually.

During the past decade, Afghanistan has been making progress in improving children’s access to education.  Primary school enrollment rate increased from 1 million to 8.5 million between 2002 and 2019.  Yet, violence, poverty and drought are among the many issues that threaten to reverse these gains. Approximately 3.7 million children remain out-of-school. Girls and children with disabilities are especially vulnerable. About 60 per cent of the out-of-school children are girls, and only 5 per cent of children with disabilities are able to access education.

Only half of the schools in Afghanistan are housed in buildings, and 1,000 schools remain inactive or closed due to security issues. Reports of attacks on schools have increased significantly during 2018, putting children at risk of injury, increased violence and threats of dropping of out-of-school.

The ECW programme in Afghanistan will contribute to reducing the number of out-of-school children in Afghanistan by identifying the most vulnerable boys and girls who have been affected by emergencies, and providing them with immediate learning opportunities.  Using community-based and innovative initiatives over a three-year period, access to quality education will increase particularly for girls, and at the same time teachers and community members will be key stakeholders in the process.

“Today’s education provides the foundation for tomorrow’s economic recovery and growth and supports society as a whole”. says Dr. Mohammad Mirwais Balkhi, Minister of Education of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.  “This new programme is part of our commitment to ensure that every girl and boy in Afghanistan are in school and learning by the year 2030.”

The multi-year response programme, whose total cost is US$ 157 million is facilitated by Education Cannot Wait and is implemented by a broad coalition of international and national organisations[1].  Building on the significant progress made through Afghanistan’s first emergency response in providing most vulnerable children access to schools, the programme aspires to raise over US$ 35 million for unmet needs in the first year.

“The Government of Sweden, and its people are committed to supporting the most vulnerable girls’ and boys’ education,” says Ambassador Tobias Thyberg, Embassy of Sweden in Afghanistan, who is representing the significant donor country to this programme.   “Through innovative community-based approaches, we can help retain school attendance, improve quality of education, and create a safe and protective learning environment.”

This programme resonates with the aims of the Ministry of Education Girls’ Education Policy to remove barriers to education for all Afghan girls and women; to close the gender gap in the school enrollment of boys and girls, and to bring out-of-school girls into the education system; and to undertake affirmative action for girl students and female education personnel.
“This is a new way of working in delivering education in emergencies, by bridging humanitarian and development aid efforts. Only by working together can we achieve universal education by 2030,” says Yasmine Sherif, Director of Education Cannot Wait. “The girls and boys of Afghanistan have suffered enough and have a right to develop their potentials to rebuild this war-torn country. Today, we have an opportunity to invest in them through quality education, to empower them to fulfill their full potential and that of their country. Let us seize it, sustain it and never let go of it.”

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For more information, please contact:

Mohammad Kabir Haqmal, Director General of Information & Publication- MoE, Mobile: + 93(0) 700186150, haqmal.stanekzai@gmail.com

Ms. Monica Awad, UNICEF Afghanistan, mobile: +93 730717111, mawad@unicef.org

Mr. Feridoon Aryan, UNICEF Afghanistan, mobile: +93 (0) 730 717 115, faryan@unicef.org

Ms. Anouk Desgroseilliers, Education Cannot Wait +1 917 640-6820; adesgroseilliers@educationcannotwait.org

[1] Afghanistan Ministry of Education, IOM, OCHA, OHCHR, UNAMA, UNESCO, UNFPA, UNICEF, UNOPS, UNHCR, WFP, WHO, the World Bank and Education Cannot Wait, national and international NGOs such as Save The Children, Norwegian Refugee Council and International Rescue Committee.

PRESS STATEMENT: Urgent appeal for new funding for lost generation of 30+ million displaced and refugee young people

PRESS STATEMENT
For Immediate Release
February 19 2019

Urgent appeal for new funding for lost generation of 30+ million displaced and refugee young people

** Two major programmes launched this month to help the 75 million children without education trapped in emergencies and crises

Gordon Brown, the United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education, speaking at the United Nation headquarters in New York said:

“I am here today to speak up for the 99 percent of the world’s young refugees – the lost generation who are now becoming, to us, the invisible generation – who will never get a place in college or in higher education.  And to speak for the 80 percent of refugee teenagers who will never get a secondary education.

A lost generation is not only identified by empty classrooms, silent playgrounds and short, unmarked graves.  A lost generation is one where hope dies in those who live.

The urgency comes as 2019 is starting with escalating crises:

  • the estimated 3 million exodus from Venezuela – the largest in the history of Latin America and the Caribbean;
  • the half a million out-of-school children living in the Central African Republic (CAR);
  • the need to reopen 1,000 schools in Afghanistan where there are still 3.7 million out-of-school children, more than 2 million of them girls;
  • and the ongoing refugee crises as result of the Rohingya, Syria, Yemen and South Sudan conflicts.

The desolation of the lost generation is so extreme that there have been reports last autumn from the Moria refugee camp, where there is no formal education on offer to thousands of young people, that two young boys had attempted suicide.  At ten, when life should be in front of you – full of hope and excitement at every new dawn – young boys are so devoid of hope that they attempted to take their own lives.

These young people are no longer only the lost generation, they are the invisible generation. And we must do more.

On Thursday February 21, the Education Cannot Wait Fund (ECW) – headed by Yasmine Sherif – and a coalition of partners will launch a program for safe and reliable education for 500,000 children in Afghanistan, including 325,000 girls.

The following week, on 27 February in the Central African Republic, ECW, the government and a coalition of partners will launch a new three-year education response program to reach an estimated 900,000 children – half of whom are girls – to address the violence and displacement that has left nearly half a million children out of school.

This follows the multi-year program in Uganda, launched in September, to help with the influx of South Sudanese refugees, which has already brought $70 million in additional resources through the coordinated multi-year approach.

ECW aims to catalyse a total $1.8 billion in education financing by 2021. This includes mobilizing $570 million by 2021 for the Trust Fund which will support rapid responses, global goods and seed funding investments to catalyse an additional $1.1 billion of in-country financing for multi-year programmes to be rolled out in ECW’s 25 priority countries.

Current investments will soon reach 2.5 million children – with 1 million children covered by the end of 2018 and 1.4 million in new programs announced by the end of this month.

Already ECW has invested $134.5 million in 19 crisis-affected countries, including in 16 emergency responses.

It is time to count the cost of a decade of disruption:

  • 12 million child refugees and rising
  • More than 30 million displaced children in total – with Venezuela, CAR, the DRC, South Sudan, Pakistan, Myanmar and Syria some of the biggest numbers
  • 75 million children with education disrupted because of conflict and emergency

People – children – are not broken just by the wave that submerges the life vest or the convoy that does not make it to the besieged town. They are broken by the absence of hope – the soul-crushing certainty that there is nothing ahead for which to plan or prepare, not even a place in school.

What holds them back is not just their location, their homelessness, and their poverty – but the death of their dreams.

The only way to reach the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) of every child at school is for a child’s real passport to the future stamped in the classroom – and not at a border check post.

So today I propose:

First, let us expand Education Cannot Wait and recognize that committing to the SDG on education for all means committing to education without borders – the right of even the stateless and the displaced child to a quality education.

And second, for the long-term, we must support the International Finance Facility for Education, which is designed to serve the 700 million children and youth living in lower-middle-income countries, where the majority of out-of-school and displaced children reside.  The facility is advancing rapidly with a high-level event scheduled in April where prospective donors will agree to constitute what could be a $10 billion fund this year.

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Notes:

  • According to UNHCR, the number of forcibly displaced people is 68.5 million. Among them are nearly 25.4 million refugees, over half of whom are under the age of 18. Today 1 out of every 110 people in the world is displaced.
    Source: UNHCR Global Trends,
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  • A report from Médecins Sans Frontières says that MSF teams are seeing multiple cases each week of teenagers who have attempted to commit suicide or have self-harmed.  In group mental health activities for children (aged between six and 18 years) between February and June 2018, MSF teams observed that nearly a quarter of the children (18 out of 74) had self-harmed, attempted suicide or had thought about committing suicide. Other child patients suffer from panic attacks, anxiety, aggressive outbursts, constant nightmares or voluntarily become mute.

The report by Theirworld, Safe Schools: The Hidden Crisis, showed that by 2030, 622 million – nearly a third of all children that will be alive at that point – will live in countries where education is under threat from war, endemic high violence, or environmental threats. In the absence of increased investment and delivery of safe schools and learning environments, three of every four young people in these countries are projected to be unequipped with the skills to participate fully in society and the economy.

 

ABOUT EDUCATION CANNOT WAIT (ECW)

 

Education Cannot Wait is the first global movement and fund dedicated to education in emergencies and protracted crises.  It was established during the World Humanitarian Summit in 2016 by international humanitarian and development aid actors, along with public and private donors, to help reposition education as a priority on the humanitarian agenda, usher in a more collaborative approach among actors on the ground and foster additional funding to ensure that every crisis-affected child and young person is in school and learning. Based on the recognition that continuous access to quality learning is a priority for children and families affected by conflicts, natural disasters and displacement and that no organisation can do it alone, ECW comes as a ground-breaking initiative bringing together public and private partners eager to work together differently and mobilise the funding required to deploy immediate and sustainable programmes tailor-made to the educational needs of these children.
www.educationcannotwait.org

 

ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL FACILITY FOR EDUCATION (IFFED)

 

The International Finance Facility for Education is a groundbreaking way to finance education in countries around the world. By multiplying donor resources and motivating countries to increase their own investments, the Facility will unleash tremendous new funding streams for education. The Facility has the power to help tens of millions of children go to school and prepare millions more young people for the future of work.

The Facility is a recommendation of the Education Commission, put forward in The Learning Generation report released in September 2016. In the first round of funding, donor countries will provide the Facility with about $2 billion in guarantees, which will then be leveraged to create up to about $8 billion in new financing. By blending this financing with grant funding, the Facility would help mobilize more than $10 billion for education. www.educationcommission.org

For more information contact: Francois Servranckx, at fservranckx@educationcommission.org

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Let’s act before it’s too late: the urgent need for action on the hidden safe school crisis

 Justin van Fleet is the Director of the International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity & Chief Advisor to Theirworld.

When Education Cannot Wait was established, its founders knew there was an immediate issue which needed solved: systematically, education was not seriously included in humanitarian response plans and the link between emergencies and longer-term development was missing. A new way of working was necessary.

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