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Yasmine Sherif is the Director of Education Cannot Wait (ECW). A lawyer specialized in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Law (LL.M), she has over 30 years of experience with the United Nations and international NGOs. 

Ms. Sherif has served in some of the most crisis-affected areas of the world, including Afghanistan and the Middle East, the Balkans, Cambodia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Sudan. She has also led teams in New York and Geneva – from where she continues to conduct regular missions to countries affected by armed conflicts, forced displacement, climate-induced disasters and other crises.

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We Stay and Deliver Until the Light Shines
Director's Corner
Kabul 1990. I land in the capital of Afghanistan for my very first mission with the United Nations. Controlled by the government, Kabul was surrounded by the Mujahedeen. As a young female professional, living and working across the country, I felt protected by the Afghans, whether walking in the bustling...
Afghanistan girls education
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View Original on InterPress Service The Taliban takeover of government in Kabul is just days old, and the eyes of Afghans and the world are cautiously watching and hopeful to see them stand by their word and ensure that girls’ education be promoted and protected. Twenty years ago, under the...
We Were Born to Do This
Director's Corner
The first time I visited South Sudan in 2004 - prior to its independence - I travelled across the entire country which was then a region devastated by man’s inhumanity to man. Although South Sudan is slightly larger than France, I could find only one concrete school building in Rumbek...
Videos
Education Cannot Wait is developing a curriculum derived from the seminal work of world-renowned psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl’s “Man’s Search for Meaning”, and its related branch of psychotherapy, Logotherapy. The curriculum, which has been preliminary field-tested in Uganda, aims to fully tap into the resilience of girls and...
Bridging the Gap and Crossing the Bridge
Director's Corner
It may be a challenge, but it is also an absolute necessity: bridging the gap between international law and reality and quickly crossing the bridge to reach all crisis-affected children and youth left furthest behind. Inclusive and equitable quality education is the right of every girl and boy and the...
Theirworld and Education Cannot Wait Strongly Condemn the Abduction of Schoolchildren in Nigeria
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We are deeply alarmed by reports of the abduction of 80 schoolchildren in the State of Kebbi in Nigeria on 17 June and call for their immediate release. This news comes only a few days after another tragic attack in which 150 students were abducted in north-central Nigeria. Such heinous...
Justice Delayed is Justice Denied
Director's Corner
Justice delayed is justice denied: their education cannot wait. The right to an inclusive quality education is not a privilege. It is a human right. Delaying or ignoring the right to an education equals failing to protect human rights. The longer we wait, the less we contribute to justice. For...
Videos
After five years, ECW Director thanks the partners that have helped ECW to reach millions of children worldwide with the power of education.
Reimagining Education with Imagination
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The month of May marks mental health awareness month, or mental health awareness week, in several countries around the world. Many people will be reading posts and blogs about the importance of getting more sunshine and exercise to avoid the blues, about ways to deal with the stress of the...
Their Boundless Hope Breaks All Boundaries
Director's Corner
Those left furthest behind are the ones with no legal, nor physical protection. They are the ones not accessing their right to an inclusive and continued quality education. They are hidden in the margins of the society - far away from official registers and development plans. They are hiding in...
Videos
After her misison to DRC, ECW Director Yasmine Sherif calls for increased funding to this forgotten crisis.
Invest in the Humanity of Those Left Furthest Behind
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Today, the humanity of 128 million children and adolescents living in countries is impacted by armed conflicts, forced displacement and climate-induced disasters, where virtually every single one of their human rights are being challenged. The most central one, and in all too many cases, their only hope - their inherent...

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ECW Executive Director Yasmine Sherif Celebrates the Fifth Anniversary of Education Cannot Wait

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Resolutions are just tiny steps. To make them a reality requires Action. Until it becomes action on the ground, those words mean very little. Not until you help that child to access a safe, quality education have you actually achieved the result.

Yasmine Sherif, ECW Director