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


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

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


Notes to Editors:

Details on ECW’s Resource Mobilization Challenge are available at:

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

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Ms. Anouk Desgroseilliers,, +1 917 640-6820

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