WILL SMITH, GLOBAL CITIZEN AND EDUCATION CANNOT WAIT CELEBRATE ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF ‘THE JUMP’

Will Smith, Global Citizen and Education Cannot Wait are celebrating the one-year anniversary of Will Smith’s historic jump from a helicopter over the Grand Canyon. ‘The Jump’ backed a worldwide movement to mobilize resources for Education Cannot Wait (ECW), the global fund for education in emergencies.

Global Advocacy, Partnerships and Donor Engagement Have Mobilized US$560 Million to Date for the Global Fund for Education in Emergencies

LOS ANGELES, OCTOBER 15, 2019 – Will and Jada Smith’s Family Foundation (WJSFF), Global Citizen (GC) and Education Cannot Wait (ECW) are celebrating the one-year anniversary of Will Smith’s historic bungee jump over the Grand Canyon. ‘The Jump’ backed a worldwide movement to mobilize resources for Education Cannot Wait, the global fund for education in emergencies.

With the support of high-profile advocates like Will Smith and partnerships with leading advocacy organizations such as Global Citizen, Education Cannot Wait has surpassed over half-a-billion US dollars in resources mobilized (US$560 million) from donors, the private sector and philanthropic foundations since its inception.

Will Smith is an outspoken advocate for youth and lifelong education. His continued efforts to amplify Education Cannot Wait through the Will & Jada Smith Family Foundation in collaboration with Global Citizen encouraged governments and other funders to pledge an additional US$216 Million to ECW during this year’s United Nations General Assembly in September 2019.

“We were overjoyed by the outpouring of support we received from global leaders and organizations, following Will’s initial call to action with The Jump,” says Jana Babatunde-Bey, President of the Will & Jada Smith Family Foundation. “Through Will’s commitment to use his artistic platform to transform and improve lives around the globe, WJSFF’s partnerships will continue to focus on providing access and opportunity to quality education for communities and children around the world.  Educating the next generation is essential to our future, and we are proud to be at the forefront of mobilizing the resources and providing the global visibility necessary to empower our youth, and to bring hope and safety to every child.”

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On September 25, ECW hosted an event that brought together global leaders who recognize the urgent need to address the education crisis faced by millions of children and youth left furthest behind. Smith (vía video) issued a call to action to world leaders to continue to act to support ECW’s mission of serving every child. Leaders from Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Norway, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the private sector – The LEGO Foundation and ProFuturo – announced significant contributions to Education Cannot Wait at the event, which was produced in partnership with Global Citizen.

Smith’s call to action also aired at the annual Global Citizen Festival in New York’s Central Park on September 28. The live airing of the festival, simulcast on MSNBC, MSNBC.com and NBC News NOW, was the highest rated Global Citizen Festival broadcast ever on MSNBC among total viewers. Total viewers in 2019 increased by +29% compared to 2018 and it was the third straight year in which the festival increased ratings on MSNBC. Viewing hit a record in the prime time portion (7p-1010p), +22% over the prior year. More than 6 million viewed a portion of the Festival on MSNBC, and those who did watched for an average of 42 minutes, also a record.

Speaking on stage at the Global Citizen Festival, Education Cannot Wait Director Yasmine Sherif thanked Smith and Global Citizen for calling on world leaders to fund education in emergencies. “I’m so inspired and proud of all the Global Citizens who joined the fight for increased funding towards quality education for every child, everywhere. Your actions have helped raise US$216 million in the last month alone… keep the vision!” Sherif said.

The additional funding will help support ECW and its partners in reaching millions of children and youth worldwide caught in armed conflicts, forced displacements, natural disasters and protracted crises who have been deprived of the safety, hope and opportunity that a quality education can provide. Through its global advocacy and partnerships with world-renowned actors and activists like Will Smith, ECW seeks to mobilize US$1.8 billion by 2021 to reach 9 million children and youth.

Remembering ‘The Jump’

Last year, Smith chose to celebrate his 50th birthday by bungee jumping over the Grand Canyon to raise funds for education. Will & Jada Smith Family Foundation partnered with Omaze, a platform that democratizes traditional auction-giving by offering people the chance to have a once-in-a-lifetime experience for as little as $10. The proceeds benefited ECW’s critical work. The event was captured for Will Smith: The Jump, a YouTube Original special, produced by Smith’s Westbrook Studios. The video has attracted over 19 million views to date.

Initial funds raised under Smith’s campaign came in from individuals in 166 countries. The unique partnership brought together Global Citizen, Omaze and WJSFF to help empower vulnerable children across the globe through Education Cannot Wait’s collaborative partnerships and multi-year programs.

ECW was launched in 2016. Now just entering its third year of operation, the fund has already reached 1.5 million children and youth, 50 percent of whom are girls. By 2021, Education Cannot Wait will launch multi-year resilience education programs in 25 crisis-affected countries in collaborative partnerships with donors, national governments, NGOs, civil society and other key stakeholders.

The campaign amplified Global Citizen’s existing advocacy efforts and provided global visibility to a crisis that affects millions of children and youth worldwide. Global Citizen and its celebrity ambassadors, partners and frontlines activists will continue to campaign for Education Cannot Wait over the coming year through the Global Goal Live: The Possible Dream campaign and other unique initiatives. The 2020 ‘Global Goal Live’ campaign seeks to secure an additional US$350 billion in global commitments annually to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. 

Will Smith ‘The Jump’ Playlist

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You can learn more about Smith and the Will & Jada Smith Family Foundation online at wjsff.org or by following us on Instagram @officialwjsff, using our hashtag #WJSFF and on Facebook at @theofficialwjsff.

About Global Citizen

Since the first Global Citizen Festival in New York in 2012, Global Citizen has grown into one of the largest, most visible platforms for people around the world calling on world leaders to honor their responsibilities in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and ending extreme poverty by 2030. Global Citizens have mobilized $48.5 billion in commitments and policy announcements from leaders that have impacted the lives of 880 million people living in extreme poverty.

For more information about how to join the movement, please visit www.globalcitizen.org and follow @GlblCtzn Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using #GlobalCitizen.

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About Education Cannot Wait (ECW):

ECW is the first global, multi-lateral 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 and www.act4educationincrisis.org

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About the Will & Jada Smith Family Foundation:

The Will & Jada Smith Family Foundation (WJSFF) is a non-profit organization that sits at the convergence of philanthropy, media and social impact. WJSFF is an incubator and accelerator that ignites the next generation of big ideas, cutting-edge artists, thought leaders, change-makers and social innovators. Together with grantees and partners, WJSFF invests in organizations and initiatives that empower traditionally overlooked communities and affect real change. For more information, please visit www.wjsff.org

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WORLD LEADERS COMMIT A TOTAL OF $216M TO EDUCATION ON THE GLOBAL CITIZEN STAGE

Ireland, the US, the LEGO Foundation, and more are stepping up for children in crisis.

Originally published on Global Citizen. By Leah Rodriguez.

28 September 2019, New York – Over 254,000 Global Citizens have taken action this year to stand up for education, and world leaders have listened. 

Actress and Global Citizen Ambassador Rachel Brosnahan joined Yasmine Sherif, Director of the Education Cannot Wait (ECW) fund, on stage at the 2019 Global Citizen Festival in New York City’s Central Park on Saturday to thank Global Citizens. 

“I’m so inspired and proud of all the Global Citizens who joined the fight for increased funding towards quality education for every child, everywhere,” Sherif said. 

By raising your voices together, Global Citizens have helped urge world leaders to make pledges this month alone totaling $216 million in support of ECW — the first global fund for education in emergencies.

“Getting all kids in school and learning, especially in times of conflict and crisis, can boost economies, empower women, and end extremism,” Brosnahan reminded the crowd while sharing her experience visiting Peru with Global Citizen earlier this year. 

On the festival stage, Ireland, Norway, the US, and the LEGO Foundation reaffirmed their pledges made earlier this week to support children living in conflict and crisis areas — who are especially vulnerable to having their education cut short. This is the first commitment that Ireland has ever made to the fund.

The LEGO Foundation is contributing $12.5 million to ECW, which the United States Government is matching with a $12 million pledge. Ireland is making its first contribution ever to the fund with a €6 million (~$6.7m) commitment. 

“Education has the power to end conflict, to foster inclusion, tolerance, and human rights across the globe,” Minister Ciarán Cannon of Ireland told tens of thousands of assembled Global Citizens. “We believe that children and young people, even in the most difficult of situations, can have access to quality education, thus empowering them to be the very best they can be.”

Ireland, Norway, and the US are three of the seven donors that revealed major commitments to ECW on Wednesday, at an event in New York City entitled “Leave No One Behind: Accelerating the SDGs through Quality Education — Two New Initiatives”. 

Co-hosted by ECW, the Education Commission and Global Citizen, the event was part of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) week and the first Sustainable Development Goal Summit.  

Advocates and celebrity champions, from rapper French Montana to Global Teacher Prize winner Peter Mokaya Tabichi, were in attendance and encouraged stakeholders to prioritize children’s futures by assisting ECW.

At the Leave No One Behind event, Rasmus Prehn, Denmark’s Minister for Development Cooperation, announced that it will be increasing support to ECW by 25% each year — amounting to a total of $37M over four years. 

Germany is committing to provide €10M( ~$11.1m) to ECW, according to an announcement made by Dr. Maria Flachsbarth, the country’s Parliamentary State Secretary. 

Dag-Inge Ulstein, Norway’s Minister of International Development, said his country had doubled its efforts and pledged 500M Norwegian kroner, about $56.8m; while the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation’s Tatjana von Steiger also pledged $6 million to the fund. 

Actor Will Smith also shared a special video message at Leave No One Behind, encouraging leaders to continue investing in education for children in crisis.

Read More: Millions of Children in Emergencies Are Denied an Education. But That Can Change.

In 2018, Smith celebrated his 50th birthday by bungee-jumping over the Grand Canyon, after promising to take the plunge if he raised $750,000 for ECW. 

Now, he’s going even bigger — urging the world to help ECW meet its goal of raising $1.8 billion by 2021.

The UN’s Global Goal 4 works to ensure that everyone — no matter who they are or where they live — can access a quality education. However, at the current rate of progress, 225 million young people  will not be in school by 2030.

This means they won’t have the necessary skills to work, combat poverty, lead healthy lives, or rebuild their communities. ECW aims to reach every crisis-affected child with safe, free, and quality education by 2030.

“We can do more to keep this amazing work going,” Smith said over video. “We could use everybody’s help, including world leaders and businesses. Your actions are a contribution to the human family and that family needs you.”

 

WORLD LEADERS PLEDGE A RECORD US$216 MILLION TO EDUCATION CANNOT WAIT DURING UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY

The global fund for education in emergencies surpasses half-a-billion dollar milestone in resources mobilized to reach children and youth left furthest behind in crises

25 September 2019, New York – World leaders today committed to expanding access to inclusive quality education for girls and boys caught up in the world’s worst humanitarian crises with US$216 million in pledges for Education Cannot Wait (ECW), the global fund for education in emergencies.

Recognizing the urgent need to address the education crisis faced by millions of children and youth left furthest behind in armed conflicts, forced displacements, natural disasters and protracted crises, world leaders from Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Norway, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the United States and the private sector – The LEGO Foundation and ProFuturo – announced significant contributions to Education Cannot Wait, materializing their commitment to “reach those left furthest behind.”

Pledges were announced in a room filled to capacity with a wide range of stakeholders at the ‘Leave No One Behind: Accelerating the SDGs Through Quality Education – Two New Initiatives’ event held at UNICEF during the United Nations (UN) General Assembly.

“Last Friday, millions of children to their credit walked out of school to protest against climate change. Today, we are protesting that no children have no school to walk out from.  There are 260 million who don’t go to school — 75 million because of crisis. There is not just a climate emergency, there is an education emergency. Today’s announcement of new funds gives new hope to the millions of children around the world,” said the Rt Hon Gordon Brown, UN Special Envoy for Global Education.

With the announcement of a £85 million (US$105 million) contribution to ECW at the G7 in August, the United Kingdom (UK) is now the Fund’s top donor.

“Children living through wars and humanitarian crises have had their childhood taken away from them. We will not allow their future to be lost as well. This is why UK aid is helping some of the most vulnerable children, particularly girls, get the education they deserve. This will have a transformative effect on their lives,” said Alok Sharma, the UK Secretary of State for International Development.

Education Cannot Wait and partners seek to mobilize US$1.8 billion by 2021 to reach 9 million children and youth in countries affected by armed conflicts, forced displacement and natural disasters – which are often induced by climate change. Today’s new contributions bring the total resources raised by Education Cannot Wait to $560 million to date.

“As conflict and crises multiply and last longer, the need for education in emergencies grows. By working together with partners through Education Cannot Wait, we can ensure a more coordinated and efficient response. Only then can we succeed in reaching those left furthest behind, providing opportunities for some of the most marginalized and excluded children to thrive and become positive agents of change,” said Dag Inge Ulstein, Minister of International Development of Norway, who announced that Norway will increase its contribution to Education Cannot Wait.

“Today, with this tremendous support, Education Cannot Wait and our strategic donor partners are saying to girls and boys suffering the brunt of crises ‘You are no longer forgotten!’,” said Yasmine Sherif, Director of Education Cannot Wait. “Our investment modalities are designed to act swiftly, and we will immediately work jointly with our humanitarian and development partners on the ground in crisis-affected countries – including host-governments, UN agencies, civil society and the private sector – to transform these crucial resources into quality inclusive education, protection and physical and psychological well-being for millions of children and youth caught in some of the world’s most difficult and hostile environments.”

Since its inception in 2016, Education Cannot Wait has invested in 32 countries, reaching more than 1.5 million children and youth – half of them girls. The Fund works with a range of stakeholders – governments, UN agencies, private sector and philanthropic actors, civil society organizations and affected communities. ECW invests across the humanitarian-development nexus to support rapid education responses when a crisis strikes or escalates, while also ensuring predictable multi-year resilience education programmes for children and youth impacted by protracted crises. The Fund’s investments are designed to increase accountability, efficiency and sustainability; the share of ECW’s funding channeled as directly as possible to local actors increased from 19 per cent to 30 per cent in just two years.  

Education Cannot Wait’s strategic approach is inspired by, and aligned with the UN reform. With its lean and agile structure focused on delivering results, it is now considered one of the fastest growing multilateral initiatives to advance collective efforts towards Sustainable Development Goal 4, quality education, in crisis settings.

The ‘Leave No One Behind’ event was produced by international advocacy movement Global Citizen and moderated by CNN’s Zain Asher. Global Citizen’s Vice President of Policy, Madge Thomas, said greater attention is needed for causes like Education Cannot Wait, and that Global Citizen has joined civil society organizations including Save the Children, Theirworld, Plan International, the Global Campaign for Education and many others to help mobilize attention and resources.  

“Over 200,000 global citizens and young people around the world, some of them in the room today, called on governments to support Education Cannot Wait and provide better financing for education,” said Thomas. “Today, donors answered this call which is a great outcome to report back to all those who took action. But more is needed, and we hope this inspires other leaders to scale up support.” 

Several celebrities and global education advocates attended the event, using their presence and voice to shine the spotlight on the urgent need for education in emergencies to be front and center on the global agenda.  The list of personalities included: Education Cannot Wait’s global ‘Champion for children in conflicts and crises’ and winner of the Varkey Foundation 2019 Global Teacher Prize, Peter Tabichi, and Global Citizen Ambassador and Grammy-nominated rap-artist French Montana. World-renowned actor and supporter of Education Cannot Wait, Will Smith, also participated in the event through a video message.

LIST OF CONTRIBUTIONS ANNOUNCED FOR EDUCATION CANNOT WAIT

PUBLIC DONORS

Denmark: 25% increase in contribution for a total of US$37 million over 2019-2022, reaching a grand total of US$79.1 million to date

Germany: EUR 10 million/US$11 million, reaching a total of US$46.7 million to date           

Ireland: EUR 6 million /US$6.6 million, first-time contribution

Norway: NOK 500 million/US$55 million, reaching a total of US$77.2 million to date        

Switzerland:  CHF 6 million/US$6 million, first-time contribution

UK (DFID): GBP 85 million/US$106 million, reaching a total of US$149.5 million to date                         

USA (USAID/PRM): US$12 million, reaching a total US$33 million to date

PRIVATE SECTOR

The LEGO Foundation: US$12.5 million, first-time contribution

ProFuturo: Contributions to multi-year resilience programmes in-country to reach a total of 650,000 children

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Note to Editors:

About Education Cannot Wait (ECW):

ECW is the first global, multi-lateral 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 and www.act4educationincrisis.org

Follow us on Twitter: @EduCannotWait

For press enquiries, contact:

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For any other enquiries, contact:
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THE LEGO FOUNDATION AWARDS MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR GRANT TO EDUCATION CANNOT WAIT TO HELP INCREASE ACCESS TO QUALITY LEARNING IN EMERGENCIES AND PROTRACTED CRISES

John Goodwin, Lego Foundation CEO, announces the contribution at the Education Cannot Wait event at this year’s UN General Assembly.

View original Lego Foundation Press Release.

$12.5 million grant announced during this year’s U.N. General Assembly is part of a joint pledge made with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. State Department Bureau for Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM) to support education in crises situations

Billund, Denmark – 25 September 2019 – Today, the LEGO Foundation announced a $12.5 million grant to Education Cannot Wait (ECW) to bring quality learning experiences to children in emergency situations.  ECW is a global fund dedicated to education in emergencies and protracted crises. The grant is part of a joint pledge announced with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. State Department Bureau for Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM.)

“We recognize that high quality early childhood education supports school readiness and the social and emotional learning needed for successful transitions from emergency situations,” said John Goodwin, CEO at LEGO Foundation. “We are proud to join USAID and PRM in support of Education Cannot Wait, as we stand to lose an entire generation if we don’t take immediate action to support education in crisis settings.”

ECW is the first global fund dedicated to education in emergencies and protracted crises. The fund was established during the World Humanitarian Summit in 2016 to help prioritize education on the humanitarian agenda, foster a more collaborative approach among actors on the ground and raise additional funding to ensure that every child impacted by crisis is learning. The fund is widely supported by organizations and governments around the globe, including Denmark where the LEGO Foundation is headquartered.

“I want to commend the LEGO Foundation for taking a leading role in promoting ‘learning through play’, an important Danish tradition. I hope this will inspire other private actors to similar innovative partnerships. Furthermore, I look forward to developing our partnership with the LEGO Foundation on education in humanitarian situations,” said Rasmus Prehn, Minister for Development Cooperation of Denmark.

The joint pledge was announced during a panel discussion hosted by Education Cannot Wait on the main stage at this year’s United Nations General Assembly. Among the many topics of discussion during week long events, is progress towards achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs.) ECW operates in support of achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 (Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities.)

ECW’s mandate is both to inspire political commitment so that education is viewed by both governments and funders as a top priority during crises and to generate additional funding to help close the $8.5 billion funding gap needed to reach 75 million children and youth. The Fund is a catalyst for a wide range of partners to collaborate towards achieving learning outcomes for children and youth in crisis settings.

“This support provided by The LEGO Foundation, USAID and PRM will allow us to deepen our investments in the future of the millions of children and youth who are left furthest behind in armed conflicts, disasters and forced displacement. These are among the most vulnerable, excluded and hard-to-reach girls and boys in the world,” said Yasmine Sherif, Director of Education Cannot Wait. “We are very grateful to The LEGO Foundation for this new strategic partnership. We have a shared vision and outlook, which is inspiring. Our joint focus on pre-school aged children will support Education Cannot Wait in allocating 10 per cent of the Fund’s resources to early childhood education. Together with our partners, we must ensure children in crisis contexts have a better start in life.”

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About the LEGO Foundation
The LEGO Foundation aims to inspire and develop the builders of tomorrow; a mission that it shares with the LEGO Group. The LEGO Foundation is dedicated to building a future where learning through play empowers children to become creative, engaged, lifelong learners. Its work is about re-defining play and re-imagining learning. In collaboration with thought leaders, influencers, educators and parents the LEGO Foundation aims to equip, inspire and activate champions for play. Learn more on www.LEGOfoundation.com.

About 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 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.com

EDUCATION CANNOT WAIT AND IGAD ANNOUNCE NEW PARTNERSHIP TO ENHANCE EDUCATION SUPPORT FOR REFUGEE AND DISPLACED CHILDREN AND YOUTH IN THE IGAD REGION AND HORN OF AFRICA

IGAD Executive Secretary Amb. Mahboub M. Maalim and Education Cannot Wait Director Yasmine Sherif.

The partnership will support the implementation of the United Nations’ Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework and the Djibouti Declaration in a region that hosts 7.5 million refugees and internally displaced persons

24 September 2019, New York – Education Cannot Wait (ECW) and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) signed a partnership agreement today on the sidelines of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly to enhance regional cooperation and accelerate more effective education investments for refugees and displaced children and youth across the eight countries of the IGAD region.

The first-of-its-kind, this agreement provides a regional work approach across the eight members states of IGAD­ – Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda – a region where there are approximately 7.5 million refugees and internally displaced persons.

“No child can be left behind as we ramp up efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Through education – and partnerships like this – we can break the cycle of exclusion and vulnerability that comes with forced displacement and has often derailed and delayed social, economic and human development in the region,” said IGAD Executive Secretary Amb. Mahboub M. Maalim.

The partnership will promote access to education for refugees, returnees and internally displaced children and youth, as agreed in the Djibouti Declaration and the Addis Ababa Call for Action. It will support IGAD member states in increasing global, regional and country-level cooperation to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 4 for universal quality education (SDG4) as part of the implementation of the UN’s Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF).

“The IGAD region is one of the most affected by forced displacement in the world. In such a context, a regional approach is crucial for addressing education needs of uprooted children and youth in a comprehensive and sustainable manner across borders,” said Yasmine Sherif, Director of Education Cannot Wait. “Together with IGAD and our partners in the region who are responding to displacement – including governments, UN agencies, philanthropic and private sector actors and civil society – we will scale up our investments and support their efforts to achieve inclusive and equitable quality education for every child.”

The new ECW – IGAD partnership is designed to inspire more political commitment and financial resources for educational responses in the region, and to strengthen joint advocacy and capacity development. It builds on the successful model of the Education Response Plan for Refugees and Host Communities  developed by the Government of Uganda jointly with humanitarian and development aid partners with ECW’s support.

At this year’s UN General Assembly, world leaders are taking stock of progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals. Despite the considerable progress on education access and participation over the past years, 262 million children and youth aged 6 to 17 were still out of school in 2017. In all 75 million children and youth in crisis-affected countries don’t have access to a quality education.

Education Cannot Wait is scaling up education-in-emergencies responses across the world and has already reached over 1.5 million children and youth. A number of crisis-affected and forcibly displaced children and youth in IGAD Member States already benefit from ECW investments, including Ethiopia, Somalia and Uganda, with planned multi-year responses under development for South Sudan and Sudan.

The Uganda Model
Last year Education Cannot Wait worked with the Government of Uganda, humanitarian and development aid organizations, civil society and other partners to develop Uganda’s ground-breaking Education Response Plan for Refugees and Host Communities. ECW contributed US$11 million in seed funding to support the launch of the plan, which seeks to mobilize a total of US$389 million to reach more than 560,000 refugee and host community children and youth in the country. Additional ECW funding is planned over the next two years.

The partnership will empower other countries in the bloc to use the lessons learned from Uganda’s education response to better meet the needs of refugee and displaced children through national education plans, refugee and/or humanitarian response plans.
 
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Note to Editors:
About Education Cannot Wait (ECW):
ECW is the first global, multi-lateral 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 and www.act4education.org
Follow us on Twitter: @EduCannotWait
 
About the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD):
IGAD supports inclusive education and is committed to the United Nation’s Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF, Sept. 2016) and committed to mobilizing high level political commitment among its member states. The IGAD secretariat is committed to supporting Member States in the implementation of the Djibouti Declaration and the Addis Ababa Call for Action, through coordination, monitoring and follow up of the development of national inclusive costed plans, recognized regional certification, policy development, established minimum standards for refugees, returnees, IDPs and host communities.
 
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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 APPROVES US$6 MILLION FIRST EMERGENCY RESPONSE FOR SAHEL REGIONAL CRISIS

In response to the worsening crises that have affected over 2.3 million children in the Sahelian countries of Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger, Education Cannot Wait today announced a new US$6 million allocation to support education in emergencies responses that will benefit 187,000 children and youth.

Photo © UNICEF Mali

187,000 Children and Youth in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger to Benefit from Education Opportunities in Protective Learning Environments

22 July 2019, New York – In response to the worsening crises that have affected over 2.3 million children in the Sahelian countries of Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger, Education Cannot Wait today announced a new US$6 million allocation to support education in emergencies responses that will benefit 187,000 children and youth.

This ‘First Emergency Response’ allocation was developed to help address the urgent education needs faced by so many children and youth affected by the Sahel regional crisis – identified as an urgent priority by G7 leaders in Paris earlier this month.

At least 1.5 million children require education assistance, including more than 460,000 who have been forced to drop out of school. Hundreds of schools are closed in the region due to insecurity and violence. Schools and teaching personnel have been attacked and threatened.

Boys and girls in areas affected by violence face increased risk of recruitment into armed groups, exploitation and abuse, sexual violence, child marriage. Compounding factors in the region include insecurity, extreme poverty, impacts of climate change and epidemics.

“Children in the Sahel are among the most vulnerable in the world. We must act now to respond to the education crises in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger to ensure every child has the opportunity to learn and thrive in a safe and protective learning environment,” said Yasmine Sherif, Director of Education Cannot Wait. “For these girls and boys living with the uncertainty, fear and insecurity of violence, drought and hunger, access to quality education is a beacon of hope.”  

  • According to analysis of ongoing humanitarian response plans and flash appeals, a US$41 million funding gap for the education humanitarian response remains across the three countries.
  • In Burkina Faso, over 1,800 schools are closed in areas impacted by violence and targeted attacks against schools, affecting some 380,000 students.
  • In Mali, a quarter of a million students and close to 6,000 teachers have been affected by violence and insecurity, which has resulted in the closure of over 950 schools.
  • In the Tahoua and Tillabéri regions of Niger, an estimated 114,000 school-aged children require humanitarian assistance, with 60 schools closed in Tillabéri.

The 12-month Education Cannot Wait ‘first emergency response’ grants will help restore access to education for affected children and youth, with an emphasis on access to education for girls, the creation and maintenance of safe, protective learning environments, teacher training and community mobilization.

The planned responses were developed in partnership with national governments, education clusters, local and international NGOs, and civil society organizations. They will be implemented by: Plan International (US$700,000), Save the Children (US$700,000) and UNICEF (US$800,000) in Burkina Faso; Humanity and Inclusion (US$700,000) and Save the Children USA (US$1.2 million) in Mali; and, by UNICEF ($1.9 million) in Niger.

KEY PROGAMME OUTPUTS

  • Construction and rehabilitation of classrooms for close to 41,000 out-of-school, crisis-affected children
  • Construction and rehabilitation of latrines in schools and learning spaces to benefit approximately 47,000 students
  • Distribution of learning materials for over 94,000 students
  • Hygiene promotion, including menstrual hygiene management for over 68,000 students
  • Psychosocial support, risk mitigation and other capacity building on protective learning environments for 187,000 students
  • Teacher training for over 3,000 teachers on psychosocial support, risk mitigation, protective learning environments and inclusive education for 187,000 students
  • Mobilization of over 83,000 community members to support the creation of protective learning environments (including enhancing environments surrounding schools)
  • Radio education programming in Niger and Burkina Faso

THE GOVERNMENT OF PUNTLAND STATE OF SOMALIA, EDUCATION CANNOT WAIT AND SAVE THE CHILDREN LAUNCH MAJOR NEW EDUCATION PROGRAMME FOR CHILDREN AFFECTED BY CONFLICT AND DROUGHT

US$5.6 million catalytic grant kickstarts resource mobilization efforts to fully fund the US$60 million education response to reach approximately 400,000 children and youth

‘Puntland welcomes the new funds which bridge the humanitarian and developmental gaps within the education sector in the region. Save the Children and its partner Education Cannot Wait are responding to the chronic underfunding of education in emergencies and crises by placing education as a priority,’ H.E. Said Abdullahi Deni, President of Puntland said. Photo © Save The Children

$5.6 million catalytic grant kickstarts resource mobilization efforts to fully fund the $60 million education response to reach approximately 400,000 children and youth

20 July 2019, Garowe, Puntland, Somalia—The Government of Puntland, Education Cannot Wait and Save the Children launched a comprehensive new multi-year education programme today to improve learning and wellbeing of children affected by crises in Puntland.

The three-year 5.6 million seed-funding grant from Education Cannot Wait is designed to catalyse contributions from additional donors to cover the remaining $54.4 million required to implement the full programme over the next three years.

The programme will be implemented by Save the Children in partnership with the Government of Puntland to bridge the education gap for children and youth who have been forced out of education due to conflict and drought.

Access to education in Puntland is still limited with more than 41.2 per cent of children still out of school. Many of these children are recovering from being recruited into armed groups or have suffered significant psychological distress as the result of the on-going drought and conflict in the region. Girls are especially at risk for gender-based violence, early marriage and being left behind. The programme puts special emphasis on reaching children with disabilities.

H.E Said Abdullahi Deni, the President of Puntland, said the programme is a new beginning for Puntland’s children, and is a critical part of the state’s education in emergency strategy, which was finalised in December 2018.

“Puntland welcomes the new funds which bridge the humanitarian and developmental gaps within the education sector in the region. Save the Children and its partner Education Cannot Wait are responding to the chronic underfunding of education in emergencies and crises by placing education as a priority,’’ H.E Said Abdullahi Deni said. 

“It is our collective moral obligation to fulfil every child’s right to education. Girls and boys in Puntland deserve no less,” said Yasmine Sherif, Director of Education Cannot Wait. “With Education Cannot Wait’s catalytic grant, today’s launch marks a milestone in global efforts to ensure universal and equitable access to education as outlined in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG4). We must now work together to mobilize the resources for the full scope of the programme to ensure we leave no child behind in Puntland.”

Save the Children’s Country Director in Somalia, Mohamud Mohamed Hassan emphasised the importance of funding education for children in crises. 

“This new initiative comes at the right time. Many children in Somalia have missed years of education because of the massive disruption caused by conflict, loss of livelihoods through natural disasters, and insecurity. Children from this region deserve the opportunity to learn and develop, so they are fully able to participate in society when they get older. Children cannot miss out on education, even in emergencies, and for that, we thank Education Cannot Wait and the Government of Puntland for their timely support,” Hassan said.  

Save the Children is a close global partner with Education Cannot Wait. ln 2015, Save the Children published a report supporting the creation of a new funding mechanism for education in emergencies, which contributed to the development of the Fund. On the global level, Save the Children represents civil society organizations through Education Cannot Wait’s central governance structures, both in the High-level Steering Group and in the Executive Committee.

Education Cannot Wait and its wide range of partners – governments, UN agencies, international and national NGOs, the private sector and philanthropic foundations -are working to mobilize $1.8 billion by 2021 to support quality education for 9 million children living in conflict and protracted crisis.

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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. 

 

Additional information is available at www.educationcannotwait.org

 

 

About Save the Children

Save the Children believes every child deserves a future. Since our founding 100 years ago, we’ve changed the lives of more than 1 billion children. Around the world, we give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. We do whatever it takes for children – every day and in times of crisis – transforming their lives and the future we share.

 

Contacts

For press enquiries, contact:

Said Isse, Media Coordinator, Save the Children in Somalia

said.isse@savethechildren.org, +252907847640


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Mohamed Ali Farah, Director General, Ministry of Education and Higher Education, Puntland,

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SOMALILAND, EDUCATION CANNOT WAIT AND UNICEF LAUNCH MULTI-YEAR PROGRAMME TO PROVIDE EDUCATION TO MORE THAN 54,000 CHILDREN AFFECTED BY CRISES

The Somaliland Government, Education Cannot Wait and UNICEF Somaliland launched a multi-year programme today to increase access to quality education for children and youth impacted by ongoing crises in Somaliland.

Photo © Formal Education Network for Private Schools Somalia.

 

Education Cannot Wait allocates $6.7 million in seed funding to launch $64 million three-year education programme for children

13 July 2019, Hargeisa – The Somaliland Government, Education Cannot Wait and UNICEF Somaliland launched a multi-year programme today to increase access to quality education for children and youth impacted by ongoing crises in Somaliland.

Education Cannot Wait is providing a $6.7 million seed funding allocation to kickstart activities and to catalyse contributions from additional donors to cover the remaining $57.3 million required to implement the full programme over three years. The ECW investment will support 18,000 girls and boys per year with and with a target to reach 54,000 children a year with more funding supporting the total programme budget of USD 64 million 2019-2022. 

 “The Somaliland government is proud to be in partnership with Education Cannot Wait (ECW). With over 50 per cent of children out of school, the ECW investment will support 18,000 girls and boys per year to access quality education services, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to positively contribute to the social, political and economic development of their communities,” said Somaliland Vice President, HE. Abdirahman Abdillahi Ismail.  

“The Somaliland Ministry of Education is highly appreciative of ECW’s support for this multi-year resilience programme that will give a longer term funding to emergency affected children to complete primary education. The Government is committed to provide quality education to all  children,” said Honourable Minister of Education and Science, Osman Jama Adam.

Access to education in Somaliland remains extremely limited. The national primary net attendance ratio is estimated at 49 per cent for boys and 40 per cent for girls. Somaliland children are the most affected with more than 51 per cent of children are out of school. Only 16 per cent of Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) children and 26 per cent in rural communities are enrolled in primary schools. Drought, food insecurity, poverty and inequality also hinder efforts to get more Somaliland children and youth in schools.

The Education Cannot Wait-supported programme in Somaliland will contribute to achieving improved learning outcomes for school-aged children who are affected by emergencies through increased access to quality, inclusive, gender-sensitive, child-friendly and sustainable education.

“In our collective quest to reach the Global Goals, it is unacceptable that one in every two children in Somaliland doesn’t have the opportunity of an education. With the launch of this programme, we firmly stand with these children and youth. We stand with the Government and all our education partners,” said Yasmine Sherif, Director of Education Cannot Wait. “We are committed to fulfilling the right to SDG4 or quality education of all Somaliland’s children and youth. We are committed to accelerate the Sustainable Development Goals for those left furthest behind. It is their turn to develop, grow, learn and thrive.”  

 Education is a central pillar of the Government of Somaliland’s plans for long-term stability and socio-economic growth. Long-term development rests on the provision of good quality education services and training. The government recognizes that the economic growth of the country correlates with the proportion of people with access to education.

“With more than 50 per cent of children in Somaliland not enrolled in schools, the partnership between Somaliland Government, Education Cannot Wait and UNICEF represents a critical investment in education that will support children to fulfil their right to education, achieve their fullest potential and build human capital in Somaliland,” said Jesper Moller, UNICEF Deputy Representative.

Programme interventions were designed in partnership with a broad group of partners from the government, civil society, United Nations (UN) agencies and donors to ensure greater predictability, sustainability and continuity in responding to the needs of education for various age groups in Somaliland.

UNICEF continues to support the Somaliland government. It is also committed to working with the Ministry of Education and Science to strengthen children’s resilience through education, as well upstream work. This includes technical assistance to shape policy, legislation, guidance, standards and curricula, analytical work to strengthen the evidence-based programming and support for advocacy, piloting approaches and models for improved education financing, quality assurance, and overall system strengthening. UNICEF supports linking education in emergencies and education resilience with ongoing and emerging up-stream education work. This will ensure increased access to children who have never been to school, retention of those already in school, and ensuring children successfully complete a full cycle of basic education with good learning outcomes in Somaliland

Education Cannot Wait is the global fund for education in emergencies and protracted crises. Working with a wide range of partners – governments, UN agencies, private sector and philanthropic foundations and civil society – the Fund seeks to mobilize US$1.8 billion by 2021 to reach close to 9 million children living in crisis-affected countries around the world.

 

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

 

About UNICEF

UNICEF delivers relief and development assistance to individuals in more than 190 countries. UNICEF advocate for the protection of children’s rights, to help meet their basic needs, and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential. UNICEF has been operating in Somaliland since 1972. UNICEF delivers services in Health, Nutrition, WASH, Education, Child protection and Social policy; responds to emergencies and supports peace-building and development

 

Contact

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Contact for UNICEF:

Chief of Communication

UNICEF Somalia

Email: dpandian@unicef.org

 

Contact for the Government of Somaliland:

Ahmed Abokor

Director General

Ministry of Education and Science

Hargeisa, Somaliland

Email: dg.moe@hotmail.com

Mobile: +252634243149