EDUCATION CANNOT WAIT APPROVES US$1 MILLION EMERGENCY RESPONSE ALLOCATION FOR DISPLACED CHILDREN AND YOUTH IN MOZAMBIQUE

New funding will provide children and youth displaced by violence in Cabo Delgado and doubly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic with safe and protective learning environments

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4 February 2021, New York – In response to the escalating humanitarian crisis in Mozambique, Education Cannot Wait (ECW) today announced a US$1 million first emergency response allocation to benefit displaced children and youth impacted by increasing violence in Cabo Delgado province. Ongoing violence and insecurity have displaced more than half a million people, including 250,000 children in just the past few years. The COVID-19 pandemic makes matters even worse, straining education, health and financial systems, and forcing crisis-affected children even further to the margins.

There has also been a rise in attacks on schools in Mozambique. Between 2017 and 2020, 171 schools were affected by school attacks and 45 schools were destroyed. This affected close to 75,000 students and 1,500 teachers. Even more concerning were the killings of six teachers over this same time period. Mozambique endorsed the Safe Schools Declaration in 2015. The declaration is an inter-governmental political commitment to protect students, teachers, schools, and universities from the worst effects of armed conflict.

“Without access to safe and protective learning environments in such a volatile environment, girls face the risk of sexual abuse, early pregnancy and child marriage, while boys may be recruited into armed groups or forced out of school into child labour. The Safe Schools Declaration is our global commitment to ensure every girl and boy on the planet has the right to an education without fear of violence or attack,” said Yasmine Sherif, Director of Education Cannot Wait, the global fund for education in emergencies and protracted crises. “Amidst insecurity, forced displacement and COVID-19, education means not only means safety, protection and a sense of normalcy for these crisis-affected girls and boys, it also means the possibility for a brighter tomorrow.”

“Cabo Delgado Province has been experiencing armed violence in its central and northern zone districts since 2017, forcing many displaced people to take refuge in the districts of Mecúfi, Pemba, Metuge, Ancuabe, Chiúre, Namuno, Balama, Montepuez, Mueda, Nangade and Palma. Before this, classrooms were already overcrowded in the province,” said Mr. Florencio Mbiquem, Cooperation and Emergency Coordinator with the Cabo Delgado Provincial Education Directorate. “Furthermore, Cyclone Kenneth in 2019 resulted in damage to 185 schools in the province, affecting 45,242 students and 966 teachers. The rainy seasons are causing more education infrastructural damage, not to mention the unprecedented challenges posed by COVID-19. Education Cannot Wait’s support is therefore very important for children, youth, teachers and their families.”

The new 12-month grant builds on ECW’s COVID-19 response and cyclone relief grants, which have already benefited hundreds of thousands of children in the country. The new funding grants will be implemented in coordination with the Government of Mozambique and the Education Cluster through Save the Children (US$341,000), UNICEF (US$341,000) and Plan International (US$316,000).

Planned interventions will build age-appropriate educational opportunities for crisis-affected girls and boys, support safe and inclusive learning spaces, expand remote learning options, provide children with learning materials, train teachers, and raise awareness to prevent sexual exploitation and abuse, including psychosocial support. To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, water and sanitation services will be built at schools and learning centres.

In launching this new US$1 million investment, Education Cannot Wait calls on donors, philanthropic foundations and the private sector to fully fund the US$4.2 million education funding gap within Mozambique’s Humanitarian Response Plan.

LE FONDS ÉDUCATION SANS DÉLAI ET SES PARTENAIRES LANCENT UN PROGRAMME D’EDUCATION PLURIANNUEL POUR ASSURER L’ACCES A L’EDUCATION A PLUS DE 800 000 ENFANTS TOUCHES PAR LES CRISES AU BURKINA FASO

Éducation sans délai fait un investissement initial de 11,1 millions de dollars américains pour déployer le programme triennal de 59 millions de dollars américains

14 janvier 2021, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso – En collaboration avec le gouvernement du Burkina Faso, l’UNICEF et Enfants du Monde, Éducation sans délai (« Education Cannot Wait » en anglais ou « ECW » – le fonds mondial dédié à l’éducation dans les situations d’urgence et les crises prolongées – a lancé aujourd’hui un nouveau programme pluriannuel qui vise à assurer l’accès à l’éducation à plus de 800 000 enfants et adolescents dans les régions du pays touchées par la crise.

Le nouveau programme bénéficie d’un financement de démarrage de 11,1 millions de dollars sur trois ans de la part d’ECW, qui sera mise en œuvre par l’UNICEF (6,1 millions de dollars) et Enfants du Monde (5 millions de dollars) en collaboration avec les partenaires des Nations Unies et de la société civile. Il vise à mobiliser 48 millions de dollars supplémentaires auprès de donateurs publics et privés pour être entièrement financé. Les interventions du programme sont alignées avec la Stratégie nationale d’éducation en situation d’urgence du Burkina Faso et le Plan de réponse humanitaire du pays.

« Au Burkina Faso, le secteur de l’éducation subit les effets négatifs de la crise de la COVID-19 ainsi que de la crise sécuritaire actuelle. Cette dernière a entraîné la fermeture de plus de 2 300 écoles et le déplacement massif de plus d’un million de personnes, tandis que la pandémie de COVID-19 a provoqué la fermeture de toutes les écoles du pays pendant plusieurs mois. Je saisis donc cette occasion pour exprimer ma reconnaissance envers Éducation sans délai pour son appui indéfectible envers nos efforts pour soutenir l’éducation en situation d’urgence », a déclaré S.E. M. Stanislas Ouaro, Ministre de l’Éducation nationale et de l’Alphabétisation du Burkina Faso.

S’exprimant lors du lancement à Ouagadougou, la directrice d’ECW, Yasmine Sherif, a salué le leadership du Gouvernement et des partenaires en éducation quant à la qualité du programme spécialement conçu pour relever les défis spécifiques auxquels les filles et les garçons touchés par la crise sont confrontés pour accéder à une éducation de qualité dans les communautés touchées par la violence et l’insécurité, les déplacements forcés, l’insécurité alimentaire et les catastrophes (épidémies, sécheresses, inondations) qui sévissent au pays.

« La crise au Burkina Faso et dans tout le Sahel central est parmi les crises qui se détériorent le plus rapidement dans le monde. Nous pouvons soit regarder et ne rien faire, soit agir maintenant en investissant dans les enfants et les adolescents pour leur donner les moyens de réaliser leur plein potentiel et de devenir des agents de changement positifs pour leurs communautés », a-t-elle déclaré. « Au fonds Éducation sans délai, nous croyons au véritable pouvoir transformateur d’une éducation de qualité. Avec le lancement de ce nouveau programme, nous appelons d’autres donateurs à se joindre à nous pour garantir qu’aucune fille ni aucun garçon ne soit laissé pour compte au Burkina Faso ».

Mme. Sherif a souligné l’approche holistique des interventions planifiées pour répondre à la gamme complète des besoins des enfants et des jeunes vulnérables, y compris le soutien en matière de santé mentale, psychosocial et nutritionnel, ainsi que l’accent mis sur l’éducation des filles et la promotion d’environnements d’apprentissage sûrs et protecteurs conformément à la Déclaration sur la sécurité dans les écoles. « Nous ne pouvons pas laisser des enfants se rendre à l’école sans savoir s’ils en sortiront vivants. La Déclaration sur la sécurité dans les écoles et le droit international doivent être respectés », a-t-elle déclaré.

Le financement pluriannuel d’ECW cible 60 pour cent de filles et se concentre sur les plus vulnérables, y compris les enfants déplacés et les enfants des communautés d’accueil, ainsi que les enfants handicapés. Le programme assure la continuité de l’éducation de la petite enfance (25 pour cent des enfants visés) au primaire (43 pour cent) et jusqu’au secondaire (33 pour cent).

Ces dernières années, la violence et l’insécurité ont contraint 1 000 000 de personnes à fuir leur domicile au Burkina Faso. En raison de l’insécurité croissante et des violentes attaques contre l’éducation, les enseignants et les élèves, les fermetures d’écoles ont doublé entre 2017 et 2019, perturbant l’éducation de plus de 400 000 enfants. La pandémie de COVID-19 en 2020 a exacerbé davantage les vulnérabilités aiguës des filles et des garçons déjà frappés par les crises.

À l’échelle nationale, un quart des filles et des garçons âgés de 6 à 11 ans ne sont pas scolarisés, et deux tiers de ceux-ci viennent de six des régions les plus à risque : Boucle de Mouhoun, Centre-Est, Centre-Nord, Est, Nord et Sahel. Le nouveau programme pluriannuel se concentre sur ces six régions, où le taux d’achèvement du primaire n’est que de 29 pour cent, soit moins de la moitié de ce qu’il est au niveau national, et où 56 pour cent des filles et des garçons, en particulier des adolescents, ne sont pas scolarisés. Le fait de ne pas être scolarisé expose ces filles, garçons et adolescents à de nombreux risques, notamment le recrutement dans des groupes armés, le mariage forcé et la grossesse précoce, et l’engagement dans des pratiques dangereuses de travail des enfants.

Nous sommes convaincus que ce partenariat améliorera l’accès à l’éducation des enfants vulnérables gravement touchés par la crise et préviendra la perte d’apprentissage, le risque d’abandon scolaire et l’exposition aux risques de travail des enfants et de mariage forcé », a déclaré Sandra Lattouf, Représentante de l’UNICEF au Burkina Faso. « Nous savons que l’investissement dans l’éducation est essentiel pour donner aux filles et aux garçons la possibilité de réaliser leur plein potentiel et de devenir des citoyens actifs et productifs de l’avenir. Par conséquent, nous devons agir maintenant et accélérer nos actions pour protéger le financement de l’éducation, accélérer l’accès à des écoles sûres et réintégrer tous les enfants non scolarisés, en particulier les filles les plus marginalisées et les enfants handicapés ».

« Enfants du Monde est ravie d’avoir été sélectionnée comme l’un des bénéficiaires du prochain financement de l’ECW dans le cadre du programme pluriannuel de résilience. Elle s’engage à travailler avec les partenaires du consortium d’ONG nationales, du Ministère de l’Éducation à travers le Secrétariat Technique de l’Éducation en Situation d’Urgence et ses autres services techniques ainsi que le Cluster Éducation pour réaliser les objectifs définis dans le programme en appui à la Stratégie nationale d’éducation en situation d’urgence, » a déclaré Tougma Téné Sankara, Coordinateur Régional, Sahel, Enfants du Monde.

L’annonce du financement initial pluriannuel porte le total des investissements d’ECW au Burkina Faso à plus de 21 millions de dollars depuis la mi-2019. ECW a également annoncé de nouveaux investissements pour déployer des programmes de résilience pluriannuels similaires afin de répondre aux besoins éducatifs pressants dans les pays voisins du Mali et du Niger, qui sont également touchés par les crises qui sévissent au Sahel central.

Faits et chiffres clés:

  • Le budget total du programme pluriannuel de résilience 2021-2023 pour le Burkina Faso est de 59,1 millions USD. Avec une allocation généreuse de 11,1 millions de dollars de financement de démarrage du fonds Éducation sans délai, le programme vise à mobiliser 48 millions de dollars supplémentaires auprès de donateurs publics et privés pour être pleinement mis en œuvre.
  • Le programme pluriannuel de résilience cible 813 000 filles et garçons, y compris les adolescents, dans six régions prioritaires – Boucles de Mouhoun, Centre-Est, Centre-Nord, Est, Nord et Sahel.
  • Le financement de démarrage d’ECW ciblera directement 144 000 enfants (21% du total) dans trois des six régions prioritaires avec une vaste gamme d’interventions. Les bénéficiaires visés incluent les personnes exposées à des risques sanitaires élevés et / ou de sécurité, dont 87 000 (60%) sont des filles et des adolescentes et 14 000 (10%) sont des enfants et des adolescents handicapés. Par ailleurs, 9 000 filles et garçons supplémentaires, y compris des adolescents, bénéficieront de possibilités d’éducation non formelle.

EDUCATION CANNOT WAIT AND PARTNERS LAUNCH MULTI-YEAR EDUCATION PROGRAMME TO DELIVER EDUCATION TO OVER 800,000 CHILDREN AFFECTED BY CRISES IN BURKINA FASO

Together with the Government of Burkina Faso, UNICEF and Enfants du Monde, Education Cannot Wait (ECW) – the global fund dedicated to education in emergencies and protracted crises – launched today a new multi-year programme that aims to provide education to over 800,000 children and adolescents in crisis-affected regions of the country.

ECW invests initial US$11.1 million to roll out the 3-year US$59 million programme

14 January 2021, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso – Together with the Government of Burkina Faso, UNICEF and Enfants du Monde, Education Cannot Wait (ECW) – the global fund dedicated to education in emergencies and protracted crises – launched today a new multi-year programme that aims to provide education to over 800,000 children and adolescents in crisis-affected regions of the country.

The new programme benefits from an initial three-year $11.1 million allocation in seed funding from ECW to be implemented by UNICEF ($6.1 million) and Enfants du Monde ($5 million) in collaboration with UN and civil society partners. It aims to mobilize an additional $48 million from public and private donors to be fully funded and reach all targeted children and youth. Programme interventions are aligned to Burkina Faso’s National Education in Emergencies Strategy and to the country’s Humanitarian Response Plan.

“In Burkina Faso, the education sector is suffering the negative effects of both the ongoing security and COVID-19 crises. The security crisis resulted in the closure of more than 2,300 schools and a massive displacement of more than one million people. The COVID-19 pandemic further resulted in the closure of all schools in Burkina Faso for several months. I therefore take this opportunity to express my gratitude to Education Cannot Wait for their unwavering support in our efforts to support education in emergencies,” said H.E. Mr. Stanislas Ouaro, Minister of National Education and Literacy for Burkina-Faso.

Speaking at the launch in Ouagadougou, ECW Director Yasmine Sherif commended the leadership of the Government and education partners in Burkina Faso in designing a programme addressing the specific challenges of crisis-affected girls and boys in accessing quality education in communities affected by the violence and insecurity, forced displacement, food insecurity and natural and man-made disasters (epidemics, drought, floods).

“The crisis in Burkina Faso and in the whole Central Sahel is among the fastest deteriorating in the world. We can either watch and do nothing, or we can actually act now by investing in children and adolescents to empower them to achieve their full potential and become positive change agents for their communities,” said Yasmine Sherif. “At Education Cannot Wait, we believe in the true transformative power of quality education. With the launch of this new programme, we appeal to additional donors to join us to ensure no girls and boys are left behind in Burkina Faso.”

Ms. Sherif stressed the holistic approach of the planned interventions to meet the full range of needs of vulnerable children and youth, including mental health, psychosocial and nutrition support, as well as the focus on girls’ education and the promotion of safe and protective learning environments in line with the Safe School Declaration. “We cannot have children going to school and not knowing if they will come out alive. The Safe School Declaration and International Law have to be respected,” said Sherif.

ECW’s multi-year funding targets 60 per cent girls, and focuses on the most vulnerable, including both forcibly displaced and host community children, as well as children with disabilities. The programme ensures continuity from early childhood education (25 per cent of the total children targeted), to primary (43 per cent) and secondary (33 per cent).

In recent years, violence and insecurity have forced 1,000,000 people to flee their homes in Burkina Faso. Due to growing insecurity and violent attacks against education, teachers and students, school closures doubled between 2017 and 2019, disrupting education for more than 400,000 children. The COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 further exacerbated the acute vulnerabilities of girls and boys already caught in crisis.

Nationwide, a quarter of girls and boys aged 6-11 are out of school, two-thirds of whom come from six of the highest risk regions: Boucle de Mouhoun, Centre-East, Centre-North, East, North and Sahel. The new multi-year programme focuses on these six regions, where the primary completion rate is just 29 per cent, or less than half of what it is at the national level; and where 56 per cent of girls and boys, particularly adolescents, are out of school. Being out of school exposes these girls, boys, and adolescents to a plethora of risks including recruitment into armed groups, forced marriage and pregnancy, and engagement in harmful child labour work practices.

“We are confident that this partnership will improve the access to education for vulnerable children severely impacted by the crisis and prevent learning loss, the risk of drop-out and exposure to risks of child labor and forced marriage” said Sandra Lattouf, UNICEF Representative in Burkina Faso. “We know that investing in education is critical to give girls and boys the opportunity to realize their full potential and to become active and productive citizens of the future. Therefore, we must act now, and accelerate our actions to protect education financing and to fast track the access to safe schools and reintegrate all children out-of-school, especially the most marginalized girls and children with disabilities”

“Enfants du Monde is pleased to have been selected as one of the grantees of ECW’s seed funding allocation to the Multi-Year Resilience Programme in Burkina Faso. We are committed to working with partners from the national NGO consortium, the Education Ministry through the Technical Secretariat for Education in Emergencies and its other technical services as well as with the Education Cluster to meet the programme objectives in support of the National Strategy for Education in Emergencies,” said Tougma Téné Sankara, Regional Coordinator Sahel,  Enfants du Monde.

The announcement of the multi-year seed funding brings the total of ECW investments in Burkina Faso to over $21 million since mid-2019. ECW has also announced new investments to roll out similar multi-year resilience programmes to respond to pressing education needs in the neighbouring countries of Mali and Niger, which are also affected by crises in the Central Sahel.

Key facts and figures:

  • The full cost of the 2021-2023 Multi-Year Resilience Programme for Burkina Faso is US$59.1 million. With a generous $11.1 million seed funding allocation from Education Cannot Wait, the programme aims to mobilize an additional $48 million from public and private donors to be fully implemented.
  • The Multi-Year Resilience Programme targets 813,000 girls and boys, including adolescents, in six priority regions – Boucles de Mouhoun, Centre-East, Centre-North, East, North and Sahel.
  • ECW’s seed funding will directly target 144,000 (21% of the total) learners in three of the six priority regions with a comprehensive package of interventions. This includes those exposed to major health and/or security challenges, of whom 87,000 (60%) are girls and adolescent girls and 14,000 (10%) are children and adolescents with disabilities. An additional 9,000 girls and boys, including adolescents, will benefit from non-formal education opportunities.

EDUCATION CANNOT WAIT APPROVES US$22.2 MILLION FOR MULTI-YEAR RESILIENCE PROGRAMME IN THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO

Responding to the intensifying humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Education Cannot Wait (ECW) today announced US$22.2 million in catalytic investment grants to accelerate the nation’s education in emergency response. The initial programme will run for three years, with the goal of leveraging an additional US$45.3 million in co-financing from national and global partners, the private sector and philanthropic foundations to reach over 200,000 children and youth.

In response to large-scale, complex and protracted crises, the three year programme aims to reach over 200,000 internally displaced, returnee and refugee girls and boys – as well as host community children and youth – with safe and equitable quality education.

18 December 2020, New York – Responding to the intensifying humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Education Cannot Wait (ECW) today announced US$22.2 million in catalytic investment grants to accelerate the nation’s education in emergency response. The initial programme will run for three years, with the goal of leveraging an additional US$45.3 million in co-financing from national and global partners, the private sector and philanthropic foundations to reach over 200,000 children and youth.

“Education is a top priority for the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, contributing to sustainable development and peace in the country,” said Jean-Marie Mangobe Bomungo, Secretary-General of the Ministry of Primary, Secondary and Technical Education. “Refugee, internally displaced and host community children must be able to benefit from education like all children. Thanks to Education Cannot Wait funding, this new multi-year resilience programme will help us to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and leave no one behind, especially as we work to guarantee inclusive, quality education for every girl and boy in the country.”

“Millions of children and youth in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are being left behind. Facing the compounding risks of violence, conflict, food insecurity, natural disasters – as well as the COVID-19 pandemic and multiple health crises over the years including cholera and ebola – girls and boys are at high risk of dropping out of school permanently, being forcefully recruited into armed and militant groups, or being pushed out of school to join the workforce. For girls, the situation is even worse. They risk all forms of gender-based violence, including sexual exploitation, forced child marriage and early pregnancy and various forms of abuse,” said Yasmine Sherif, Director of Education Cannot Wait. “Working together with the speed of humanitarians and the quality of development in crisis contexts, this new joint programme helps bridge the humanitarian-development-peace nexus and aims to address the current needs, while also building long-term solutions to keep Democratic Republic of the Congo’s most crisis-affected children and youth in school with a real opportunity for learning. Their education cannot wait. Now is the time for hope.”

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a severe impact on education in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Following the closure of schools as a preventive measure, around 27 million students have had their schooling interrupted. This is in addition to an estimated 15 to 23 million school-aged children and adolescents who were out of school before the COVID-19 crisis. The government is stepping up its response, with recent initiatives to support free primary education allowing more children the opportunity to attend school, but this has also caused overcrowded classrooms and is depleting resources.

Attacks on schools and recruitment into armed groups are on the rise. Recruitment into armed groups doubled from the previous year in 2017, with over 1,000 verified cases. Schools are being destroyed during armed conflicts and are being occupied by armed groups or displaced persons. In crisis-affected Tanganyika, Ituri and Kasai Central provinces, one out of every four children and youth are out of school. Across the country, teachers are hard to retain and receive low pay, and only 5 per cent of children have access to pre-school education, with girls receiving more access than boys.

This new, multi-year education programme – implemented by UNICEF in coordination with the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo, national and international partners, and a broad coalition of partners on the ground – the programme will improve equitable access to inclusive learning environments in the provinces of Tanganyika, Ituri and Kasaï Central.

Fully funded, the programme will reach over 200,000 internally displaced, returnee and deported refugee girls and boys – as well as host community children and youth. Out of this total, Education Cannot Wait seed funding will focus on Tanganyika province to reach 68,000 children and adolescents aged 5–17 years, 52 per cent of whom are girls. These include children from internally displaced, returnee and refugee populations and children with disabilities (15 per cent of the total). Teachers and school communities, indigenous people, former child soldiers, victims of gender-based violence, unaccompanied children, children from host communities, and other vulnerable children and adolescents are also targeted through the intervention.

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Notes to editors:
Programme outputs:

  • The programme focuses on increasing access to safe and quality education for all children and adolescents with a focus on the most vulnerable, including those with disabilities. This will be partially accomplished through the construction or rehabilitation, and equipping of learning spaces for formal (pre-primary, primary and secondary) and non-formal education (remedial education and vocational training centres). The school environment will be adapted to ensure equity of access and to meet local safety, hygiene and sanitation standards.
  • To address high numbers of out-of-school children, and to prevent further dropouts, particularly during and after the COVID-19 pandemic, the programme will address the underlying issues that lead to drop-out. Collaboration between the Education Cluster and the government together with the Health, Nutrition and Child Protection Cluster will develop a multi-sectoral approach to nutrition and wellbeing. To address issues of food security, learners will be provided school meals and will also be taught to grow gardens and to learn about nutrition and ecology.
  • The programme will ensure that children and adolescents have access to a holistic package of education that is relevant to their academic, physical and socio-emotional development.
  • The programme will work with the local, provincial and national government to improve key capacities for the provision of quality and relevant learning. It will also ensure the systems are in place that monitor the quality of learning, respond to crisis and improve equity of access to education.
  • The programme will address the significant protection risks faced by children in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and in particular for children affected by armed conflict. This starts with creating a safe and protective learning environment. A safe school approach will be developed and adapted in accordance with the joint education needs assessments results and through joint planning with the Child Protection Cluster.
  • The programme will address gender equity and inclusion through direct action and by creating a supportive environment that establishes space for greater inclusiveness in the Democratic Republic of Congo in the long term. In line with the programmatic approach, the programme will address immediate barriers to learning, particularly for girls, while also strengthening systems to ensure that these barriers are reduced indefinitely.

EDUCATION CANNOT WAIT APPROVES US$20.1 MILLION FOR MULTI-YEAR RESILIENCE PROGRAMME IN NIGERIA

In response to the armed conflict and escalating humanitarian crisis in northeast Nigeria that has left over 1 million girls and boys in need of educational support, Education Cannot Wait (ECW) today announced US$20.1 million in catalytic investment grants to accelerate the response to the protracted crisis.

Three-year education programme for the protracted crisis in northeast Nigeria aims to reach 2.9 million children and youth in response to armed conflict and ongoing humanitarian needs

18 December 2020, New York – In response to the armed conflict and escalating humanitarian crisis in northeast Nigeria that has left over 1 million girls and boys in need of educational support, Education Cannot Wait (ECW) today announced US$20.1 million in catalytic investment grants to accelerate the response to the protracted crisis.

The initial programme will run for three years, with the goal of leveraging an additional US$98.7 million in co-financing from national and global partners, the private sector and philanthropic foundations to reach over 2.9 million children and youth.

“Education Cannot Wait has been supporting the education in emergencies response in Nigeria since 2018 through the First Emergency Response intervention. During the COVID-19 pandemic, ECW was the first donor to offer support to conflict-affected North East Nigeria. Once more, ECW is supporting Nigeria in the advancement of education in emergencies through the multi-year resilience programme. This is highly commendable, and a much appreciated endeavor,” said Dr. Shettima Bukar Kullima, Executive Chairman, Borno State Universal Basic Education Board Nigeria.

“Children and teachers are being targeted in violent attacks. Killings, rape and other forms of sexual violence, abduction and child recruitment are putting girls and boys at extreme risk. Education is not only every child’s right, but the protection it provides is also all too often life-saving,” said Yasmine Sherif, Director of Education Cannot Wait. “This new education in emergency response, which delivers across the humanitarian-development-peace nexus, helps sow the seeds of peace and tolerance, while also ensuring girls and boys have access to safe and protective learning environments.”

“Nigeria is making progress in addressing the protracted crisis in the northeast of the country, but with limited resources and continued violence, progress has been uneven,” said Sherif. “There are still approximately 1 million children, including 583,000 girls, and 18,000 education personnel that are in rapid need of support to either resume or sustain education in northeast Nigeria. I call on public and private sector donors to urgently help close the $98.7 million funding gap for this crucial programme. There is no time to lose.”

The number of children and youth with chronic needs in education remains high across the three states targeted through the Education Cannot Wait investment. Estimates indicate that nearly 60 per cent of primary school-age children and adolescents are not attending school, with girls disproportionally affected. Despite a decrease in the number of security incidents targeting education structures since 2017, the risk of violent attacks, abduction, and kidnappings remains a constant threat.

Poverty remains one of the greatest barriers to educational access. Parents simply cannot afford to send their children to school. COVID-19 has made matters even worse. Classrooms often lack school furniture and water, sanitation and hygiene facilities, teachers are poorly paid, and schools and learning centres often lack high-quality learning materials.

Implementing in partnership with the Government of Nigeria by UNICEF, Save the Children, and a consortium between the Norwegian Refugee Council and Street Child, the overall multi-year resilience programme targets 2.9 million children and adolescents from 2021 to 2023. Half of the targeted beneficiaries are displaced children and youth, while the other half live in host communities that are affected by conflict.

The programme builds on the success of the Education Cannot Wait funded ‘first emergency response’ in northeast Nigeria that reached 290,000 children.  Education Cannot Wait seed funding will initiate the implementation of the programme by focusing on reaching girls and boys in the states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe. In total, over 482,000 girls and boys will access learning opportunities of whom over 60% are girls and adolescent girls. The programme also targets 48,000 girls and boys in early learning programmes, 380,000 at primary level and some 50,000 at the secondary level, in both formal and non-formal education settings.

Among its various outputs, the programme will build and renovate classrooms and learning spaces, support stipends for teachers and increase continuity by working with local partners to keep children and youth in school. It will also ensure educators have the training and tools they need to build gender-responsive learning plans, and safe and protective learning environments that respond to the specific needs of girls, children with disabilities and crisis-affected children in need of psychosocial support.

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Notes to editors:
Programme outputs:

  • Continued delivery of strong education in emergencies programming: The programme will continue the delivery of holistic education in emergencies programming for conflict-affected children, adolescents and families in Northeast Nigeria. Initiatives to strengthen access, equity and quality all remain a primary focus.
  • Mainstreaming of learners into formal education: Many learners remain in temporary learning spaces or alternative education programmes. As the situation stabilises, the formal education system will need to increase its capacity to ensure the delivery of quality, equitable education to all children currently in informal programmes. Further efforts will need to promote the flexibility and adaptability of the formal education system to meet the needs of learners, especially those affected by conflict.
  • Addressing key crosscutting issues, with a special focus on gender, disability and mental health and psychosocial support: Myriad crosscutting issues have also been incorporated into this programme, with a key focus on gender, disability, inclusion and vulnerability. Meeting the needs of those traditionally not included within education systems comprises a primary focus of this programme. Moreover, the programme aims to mainstream protection and mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) services for learners and teachers as they access schools.
  • Strengthening educator and school leader capacities and motivation: Local educators and school leaders continue to need substantial support with regards to their capacity and motivation to deliver quality, equitable, and inclusive education. As learners are mainstreamed into formal education programmes, the programme will ensure these educators have the required skills to deliver effective education well into the future. A key focus of this programme is addressing the MHPSS needs of the teachers themselves – their own psychosocial needs must be considered and addressed if they are able to support those of their students,
  • Strengthening local leadership to take full ownership of delivery and transitions to formal education: Local stakeholders in government (at the national, state and local government levels), as well as in National NGOs, are expected to take on increasing leadership and responsibility for the education in emergencies response.

EDUCATION CANNOT WAIT AND UNICEF ACCELERATE COVID-19 INTEGRATED EDUCATION RESPONSE IN LIBYA

Special contribution by UNICEF Libya (View Original)

The “Education Cannot Wait” Fund allocated US$750,000 towards a UNICEF-initiated education in emergency response programme to support 9,000 girls and boys affected by the ongoing protracted crisis in Libya which is compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The protracted crisis in Libya is now entering its ninth year and has left over 400,000 people in displacement, including nearly 120,000 children. Since 15 March 2020, schools and non-formal learning centres in Libya have remained closed to limit the spread of COVID-19; this has left at least 1.3 million students out of school.

The closure has also left conflict-affected children and adolescents unable to access various essential services including psychosocial support, as schools and non-formal learning centres serve as access points for these services.

“With more than eight months into the pandemic, children’s education is significantly disrupted. With education on hold, their future will be on hold. We cannot allow that,” said UNICEF Special Representative in Libya, AbdulKadir Musse. “This initiative will enable UNICEF and its partners to help children in Libya, including the most vulnerable, such as children with disability and refugee and migrant children. We must act now to ensure they are not left behind.”

The initiative will help to minimize the impact of disruption in education by increasing accessibility while maintaining the safety of children and educational personnel during the COVID-19 pandemic. UNICEF, as the sector lead and in partnership with the “Education Cannot Wait” fund and other stakeholders, has prioritized distance learning, capacity building of educators for mental health and psychosocial support to children, catch up classes, water and sanitation activities, and supplementary food distribution in selected schools.

“This initiative has been most timely, offering hope and assistance to vulnerable boys and girls who have already suffered too much,” said Yacoub El Hillo, Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General, UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator for Libya. “We are very proud of this partnership with “Education Cannot Wait” and hope to work with more partners to meet the full scope of the needs in Libya.”

The “Education Cannot Wait” Fund is deeply appreciated by UNICEF, the larger UN family and implementing partners in Libya. This initiative helps to ensure that 4,050 children receive individual learning materials, 2,500 children benefit from supplementary food distribution and 4,000 children receive water, sanitation, and hygiene support. Students with disabilities and children from vulnerable groups, including internally displaced persons, migrants, refugees and host communities, are key beneficiaries of the initiative.

Education Cannot Wait’s ‘Stories from the Field’ series features the voices of our implementing partners, children, youth, and the communities we support. These stories have only been lightly edited to reflect the authentic voice of these frontlines partners on the ground. The views expressed in the Stories from the Field series do not necessarily reflect those of Education Cannot Wait, our Secretariat, donors, or UN Member States.

DESPITE CONFLICT AND COVID-19, CHILDREN STILL DREAM TO CONTINUE THEIR EDUCATION, IPS REPORTS

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