ECW ALLOCATES US$3 MILLION TO MEET URGENT EDUCATION NEEDS OF NEWLY DISPLACED CHILDREN IN NORTH-WEST AND NORTH-EAST SYRIA

New York, 22 June 2018 – The Education Cannot Wait (ECW) fund announces an allocation of US$3 million to support the delivery of education services to newly displaced children in the ongoing Syria crisis. This allocation will support aid organizations in meeting urgent growing education needs resulting from new population displacements in Idleb and Aleppo Governorates in the North-West of the country and in Deir-ez-Zour, Hassakeh and Raqqa Governorates in the North-East.

The funds will improve access to quality education and learning opportunities for 20,000 newly displaced children and will support 500 education personnel. The 12-month programmes will include activities such as establishing safe learning spaces, delivering learning and recreational materials, distributing stipends and teaching resources to teachers and mobilizing communities in support of education.  Psychological support will also be provided to help children recover from the trauma they endured in active conflicts areas.

A displaced girl draws at a UNICEF-supported child-friendly space in Ain Issa camp, Raqqa Governorate, Syria. © UNICEF/Souleiman
A displaced girl draws at a UNICEF-supported child-friendly space in Ain Issa camp, Raqqa Governorate, Syria. © UNICEF/Souleiman

This allocation will build on the coordination and implementation architecture established under the ongoing Whole of Syria (WoS) ECW $15 million Initial investment. Activities to be implemented under this new allocation are also in line with the Syria Education Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) 2018.

Read the full press release here.

For press enquiries, contact:

Ms. Anouk Desgroseilliers, adesgroseilliers@unicef.org, +1917 640-6820

PAPUA NEW GUINEA: ECW ANNOUNCES US$1.5 MILLION TO RESTORE EDUCATION FOR CHILDREN AFFECTED BY EARTHQUAKE

New York, 1 June 2018 – The Education Cannot Wait (ECW) fund announces an allocation of US$1.5 million to bring thousands of children back to school in Papua New Guinea. The island nation was struck by a 7.5 magnitude earthquake at the end of February which affected more than half a million people and damaged key infrastructures, including hundreds of schools.

This ECW emergency response allocation will provide resources for humanitarian aid organizations to immediately start restoring education services, particularly through the setting up of temporary learning spaces. The funding will cover activities for a period of one year.

“It is urgent for children to recover a sense of normalcy in their lives after living through such a disaster. Going back to school is crucial to help them overcome the trauma they have endured and to ensure they continue to learn and thrive,” says ECW Director, Yasmine Sherif.

©UNICEF/Nybo: Lorina, 4, stands outside a makeshift tent where she has been living since a 7.5 magnitude earthquake on 26 February 2018 destroyed her home in nearby Daga village, in Pimaga, Papua New Guinea.
©UNICEF/Nybo: Lorina, 4, stands outside a makeshift tent where she has been living since a 7.5 magnitude earthquake on 26 February 2018 destroyed her home in nearby Daga village, in Pimaga, Papua New Guinea

ECW’s emergency response allocation targets some of the areas most affected by the earthquake in the Southern Highlands Province and in Hela Province. Thanks to ECW’s support, children will benefit from a safe learning environment while damaged infrastructure is being rehabilitated. They will also receive psychological support as well as learning and recreational materials. At total of 10,000 teachers will also be supported through these funds.

This is ECW’s second First Emergency Response allocation this year, further to a $3 million allocation announced in April to support the education response in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Read the full press release here.

ECW Funding Announced for Emergency Response In Bangladesh and Nepal

Supporting Rohingya refugee children fleeing violence in Myanmar and children affected by the floods in Nepal

On the sidelines of the 72nd United Nations General Assembly that took place in New York during the week of 18 September 2017, Education Cannot Wait announced immediate support to Rohingya refugee children fleeing violence in Myanmar and children affected by the recent floods in Nepal through its First Emergency Response funding window.

BANGLADESH

A $3 million emergency grant has been allocated to respond to the immediate educational needs of Rohingya children who have found refuge in Bangladesh, including US$500,000 donated by Dubai Cares. An estimated quarter of a million Rohingya child refugees are among the 430,000 people that have fled across the border from neighbouring Myanmar into Bangladesh in recent weeks. ECW’s funding will help partners on the ground, coordinated  by the Education Sector Group, to scale up the ongoing response in the southern city of Cox’s Bazar. ECW’s emergency grant will help cover more than 70 percent of the emergency educational needs of these children until the end of 2017.

More: OCHA update on the response to Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh coordinated by the Inter-Sector Coordination Group

 

NEPAL

ECW has allocated $1.5 million to help ensure continuous access to quality learning for the children most affected by the recent flooding in Nepal. Generated by heavy mansoon rains, floods and landslides have impacted 1.7 million people in 75 districts. 460,000 people are displaced. The floods have destroyed 80 schools and damaged a further 710. ECW’s funding will support up to 50 percent of the emergency education response until February 2018, as defined in the joint Nepal Response Plan issued by the UN Resident Coordinator.

More: ReliefWeb update on the joint Nepal Response Plan

Posted 28 September 2017