US$1.8 BILLION REQUIRED FOR EDUCATION CANNOT WAIT TO SUPPORT 8.9 MILLION CHILDREN AND YOUTH BY 2021

The US$1.8 billion resource mobilization target will support ECW in reaching 8.9 million children and youth in 25 priority countries affected by crisis by 2021.
The US$1.8 billion resource mobilization target will support ECW in reaching 8.9 million children and youth in 25 priority countries affected by crisis by 2021.

EDUCATION CANNOT WAIT WELCOMES OCHA UNDER-SECRETARY-GENERAL, GERMANY AND THE WORLD BANK GROUP TO ITS HIGH-LEVEL STEERING GROUP MEETING

4 October 2018, New York – Education leaders on the Education Cannot Wait (ECW) High-Level Steering Group, chaired by United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown, approved the fund’s $1.8 billion resource mobilization target for the period of its 2018-2021 Strategic Plan at their biannual meeting on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly on 25 September in New York.

This financial target underpins ECW’s goal for its investments to be reaching 8.9 million children and youth in 25 priority countries affected by crisis by 2021 with quality education, improving their learning outcomes and enhancing their socio-emotional wellbeing and employability.

ECW’s Director, Yasmine Sherif, briefed the High-Level Steering Group (HLSG) on the latest achievements of ECW, highlighting the fund is on track to reach 1 million children and youth in 17 crisis-affected countries by the end of 2018 – 48 per cent of whom are girls. The Chair highlighted ECW’s latest allocation of US$35 million in seed funding to launch multi-year programmes in Uganda, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. Brown also stressed ECW’s urgent need to raise $285 million in 2018-2019 to support the launch of additional planned multi-year programmes.

Participants discussed next steps for ECW as the fund scales up its support for education in crisis. They stressed the importance to increase educational support for girls living in crisis, extend support in protracted crisis, promote psychosocial services, focus on host communities, connect education in crisis with long-term development, ensure better services and inclusion of refugees and increase multi-year programmatic support.

Participating in the High-Level Steering Group meeting for the first time were Mark Lowcock, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator (OCHA), along with high-level representatives from the World Bank and Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Netherlands and Dubai Cares announced new pledges of $17.5 million and $3.75 million respectively, while Sweden reiterated its $30 million contribution announced earlier this year. Later during the UN General Assembly week, Denmark announced a new $46 million pledge and Norway announced an additional $2.5 million increasing its 2018 contribution to a total $10 million, bringing the total new pledges to ECW during the week to $70 million. The World Bank noted its interest to formally join the ECW partnership.

“Access to education is a human right and its essential to ensure education for refugees,” said State Secretary of  Norway Jens Frølich Holte in an address to the High-Level Meeting on Action for Refugee Education. “Norway, together with other important partners, took the initiative to increase support to education in emergencies and protracted crisis. This resulted in the launch of the global fund Education Cannot Wait, which you all know. And we were, and still are, very impressed with what has been achieved since it has been established in 2016. So impressed that just before we got here to New York, we decided to allocate 40 million krone [US$2.5 million] more to Education Cannot Wait. And we are very eager to keep on collaborating with Education Cannot Wait because the needs are great.”

Speaking on the “Humanitarian-Development Nexus” OCHA’s Mark Lowcock pointed out that joining humanitarian and development systems together is a top priority for the UN. He underscored the importance of multi-year humanitarian funding and that every humanitarian dollar invested needs to impact development. Lowcock also stressed that that modest progress was made in financing education needs in the humanitarian appeals system, but gaps to meet education needs in emergency contexts remain huge.

The next HLSG meeting will be held in April 2019 in Washington on the margins of the IMF-World Bank Spring Meetings.

Meeting Participants (in alphabetical order):

Chair: Gordon Brown, United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education,

Tariq Al Gurg, CEO, (Dubai Cares), Harriet Baldwin, Minister of State for Africa and International Development (United Kingdom) Tanya Barron, CEO (Plan International), Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development (Canada), Dean Brooks, Director, (Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies), Julie Cram, Deputy Assistant Administrator of the E3 Bureau USAID (United States), Henrietta Fore, Executive Director (UNICEF), Birgit Frank, Deputy Head of the Education Division of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (Germany), Julia Gillard, Chair (Global Partnership for Education), Stefania Giannini, Assistant Director-General for Education (UNESCO), Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Martin Bille Hermann, State Secretary for Development Policy (Denmark), Jens Frølich Holte, State Secretary (Norway), Anna Maria Alida Hoogenboom, Country Director (Novamedia / People’s Postcode Lottery), Sigrid Kaag, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development (Netherlands), Dr. Justin Lee, First Assistant Secretary, Multilateral Policy Division, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Australia), Mark Lowcock, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator (OCHA), Stefano Manservisi, Director-General, International Cooperation and Development (European Commission), Johannes Oljelund, Director-General for Development (Sweden), Jamie Saavedra, Senior Director for the Education Global Practice (The World Bank Group), Yasmine Sherif, Director (Education Cannot Wait), Helle Thorning-Schmiedt, CEO (Save the Children)

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.

 

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.