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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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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
Op-Eds
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
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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
Op-Eds
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...
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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
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“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
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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...
Scaling up SDG4 in Crises
Op-Eds
Out of global crises spring opportunities for change. In crisis, change is not an option. It is a necessity. And, as Plato famously noted: “Necessity is the mother of invention.” Education Cannot Wait (ECW) is an invention that sprang out of crisis and was borne of necessity. Education Cannot Wait...
Teachers Shoulder the Burden
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By Yasmine Sherif, Dean Brooks and Mary Mendenhall Teachers are at the heart of children and young peoples’ educational experiences. Teachers play multiple roles in their students’ lives by supporting their learning, providing them with inclusive and safe environments to grow and develop, and helping them become more confident as...
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Al Arabiya ‘Diplomatic Avenue’ Interview With Yasmine Sherif
Working Together to Build Back Better Through Education
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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread around the world, jeopardizing the education of 1.18 billion learners in 191 countries, some are even more severely affected than others. These are the 75 million children and young people, including 39 million girls, already marginalized by armed conflict, forced displacement and natural...
In the Arab Region, Education Cannot Wait.
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View the original article on the global media platform openDemocracy. New Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report published by UNESCO shows forced displacement holding back a generation of learners across the Arab region. Hassan is 16 years old. He fled Syria five years ago with nothing but a school bag on...

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Al Arabiya with Yasmine Sherif, Director of Education Cannot Wait

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Diplomatic Avenue : Al Arabiya Exclusive with Yasmine Sherif, Director of UN Global Fund ECW

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

[FR] ECW Director Yasmine Sherif mission in DRC - part 1

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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