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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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Yasmine IWD 2021
The following opinion piece is part of series to mark the upcoming International Women’s Day, March 8. Access to an inclusive quality education is a universal human right. When the inherent right to a good education is ignored or denied, the consequences are severe. For a girl in country of...
We, The People
Director's Corner
Education Cannot Wait follows people or populations. We reach those left furthest behind: the refugees, the internally displaced and the crisis-affected children and youth, their teachers and communities, who are all struggling to hold on to hope in refugee camps and war-torn communities. This is our added value. A few...
Yasmine Sherif, ECW Director, helps launch the EiE-GenKit. Director Sherif explains why this toolkit, which promotes gender-responsive and inclusive education interventions in emergency & protracted crises settings, is critical in improving gender and education outcomes of learners living in crises and addressing the realities on the ground.
We Must Make It Happen_Together
Director's Corner
“As we enter 2021, education must be at the core of pandemic response and recovery efforts,” says António Gutteres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, in his interview with Education Cannot Wait (ECW), reminding us that “upholding our pledge to leave no one behind starts with education.” Indeed, without making inclusive...
The Director of Education Cannot Wait – the global fund for education in emergencies and protracted crises – Ms. Yasmine Sherif, visits Burkina Faso from 13-15 January, 2021 to see first-hand the education needs of children and youth caught in the multiple crises affecting the country and announce new funding...
Hope Thrives on Action
Director's Corner
As 2020 comes to a close and we reflect on Education Cannot Wait’s mission this past year, two things stand out: hope and action. Amidst multiple crises around the globe, exacerbated by the COVID-19 global pandemic, hope has been the fuel driving us all forward to take action to deliver...
The Climate Education Crisis
Climate change threatens the very future of humanity. Entire villages are already being washed to sea, and conflicts over scarce resources are intensifying around the world. Each year, more and more families are forcibly displaced by extreme weather events, creating a vicious cycle of extreme poverty, acute hunger, and insecurity...
Education is a Fundamental Human Right and the Priority of the 21st Century
On Human Rights Day, Education Cannot Wait Director Yasmine Sherif explains how education is the key to unlocking all other human rights
Education is a Fundamental Human Right and the Priority of the 21st Century
Education is not a privilege. It is a fundamental human right. Yet, education is undervalued even at the best of times. We often fail to connect the dots between the right to education and the realization of all human rights. As noted by the Nobel-winning economist Amartya Sen, we have...
ECW Director Yasmine Sherif visits with leaders, students and other stakeholders impacted by the multiplying crises in Lebanon.
They Deserve No Less in Central Sahel
“I am so happy. This is my success!” says 13-year old Cynthia, beaming proudly as she shows her Primary School Certificate with an average mark of 120 out of 150. Thanks to the Radio Education Programme, she will now graduate on to Grade 6! Cynthia’s sense of pride, joy, and...
Statements of ECW director Yasmin
20 October 2020 – as prepared for delivery Education Cannot Wait is the first and only global fund dedicated to supporting the education of children and youth in emergencies and protracted crises, including armed conflict. Following the escalation of the crises in Central Sahel in 2019, particularly in Burkina Faso...

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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