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IT IS THEIR TURN NOW: CHILDREN AND YOUTH LEFT FURTHEST BEHIND


Over the past three years, 670,000 children and youth in Cameroon have been forced out of school due to the conflict. But just a few days ago, in collaboration with the Government, the Humanitarian Coordinator, UN agencies and NGOs, ECW approved a First Emergency Response investment to bring thousands of these crisis-affected children and youth back to learning in 2019. It is their turn now. 

Meanwhile, three innovative ECW-facilitated Multi-Year Resilience Programmes (MYRP) were simultaneously launched in Somalia, Somaliland and Puntland, with the Government and the humanitarian and development community to jointly deliver on SDG4. The programmes have an overall target of 583,000 vulnerable girls and boys whose education has been chronically disrupted by protracted conflict and climate-induced droughts and floods. It is their turn now.

Zamzam Abdi is a bright young Somali girl who represents just one of these vulnerable children. Part of the large returnee population in Somalia, Zamzam is now back home in her country and learning in grade 4. ECW funding provides a holistic investment and approach covering teaching, learning health, hygiene and nutrition, among others.

“I have not missed class even for a single day,” says Zamzam. “When my parents moved back to Somalia from Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya I was worried that I would not be able to continue with my studies. But now I am able to attend classes in a good school. My journey to becoming a teacher is still on course!” It is her turn now.

Affected children and youth in Cameroon and Somalia are just some of the 75 million girls and boys left furthest behind because they live in the most abnormal and unpredictable contexts and are the most difficult to reach. Violent conflict and punishing natural disasters – often climate change induced – are the biggest impediments to achieving the SDGs. Recent analysis by our partners at Plan International UK indicates that 1 in 5 girls living in countries affected by crisis still won’t be able to read a simple sentence by 2030.

What can the rest of us do to stay the course on SDG4?

It requires crisis-sensitive investments to deliver on SDG4. As a global fund dedicated to SDG4 in emergencies and protracted crises, ECW has invested in 27 crisis-affected countries. This has been possible thanks to generous donors, the collective work of in-country partners, and ECW’s use of the established humanitarian coordination system providing both access and speed, with strong links to development structures to strengthen quality, national ownership and sustainability.

It also requires political will. Indeed, there is growing political will to support education in emergencies among stakeholders. During the  'G7 France – UNESCO International Conference' in Paris in July 2019, UNESCO convened a Meeting of Principals of Global Multilateral Education Partners with the UN-SG’s Special Envoy for Global Education, UNICEF, UNHCR, ILO, EU, WB, Education Commission, GPE and ECW.

The meeting adopted the Paris Outcome Statement on Jointly Accelerating Progress for SDG4 in which UN General Assembly Resolution 46/182 [humanitarian coordination] became an integral part of a more coordinated and speedy pursuit of SDG4 in complex emergencies and natural disasters. This marks a critical milestone in our collective efforts to “pay special attention to the furthest behind and hardest to reach, particularly out-of-school children and youth, those affected by emergencies, conflict and forced displacement.”

Moreover, it requires attention to those refugees whose education is disrupted for years, often living on the margin in their host-countries and unable to access public schools. The Global Refugee Forum is gearing up for 17-18 December 2019 in Geneva. In close cooperation with host-governments and UNHCR, ECW has made significant investments in refugee education, starting with the Education Response Plan for Refugees and Host-Communities in Uganda in 2017, followed by other ECW multi-year investments and first emergency responses, such as the Venezuela Regional Response Plan.

In this spirit, the 2019 Global Education Monitoring Report (GEM Report) highlighted the importance of ECW’s potential to mobilize new, predictable, multi-year funds in support of refugee education. It is our intention to stay the course in support of the Global Refugee Forum and in translating commitments into action for refugee children and youth.

In addition, it requires in-country ownership and focus on the point of delivery. Indeed, we see a genuine commitment among most host-governments, UN agencies and civil society organizations in-country. They work and live amongst the hardest hit communities and are familiar with the unique context that each crisis represents. They need no convincing as to why SDG4 is the foundation for conflict prevention, effective redress of climate change, democratic governance, respect for human rights, and the maintenance of peace and security.

Finally, quality education in emergencies and protracted crisis requires financing. We continue to call on all global leaders to urgently fill the US$1.8 billion gap by 2021 to deliver on SDG4 for 9 million children and youth left furthest behind. If we are to stay the course on SDG4, we need to invest in them. It is their turn now.
 
Yasmine Sherif
Director
Education Cannot Wait

RESULTS & UPDATES

ACT 4 EDUCATION IN CRISIS

The Act 4 Education in Crisis campaign is a global initiative led by Education Cannot Wait in partnership with civil society organizations, global leaders, private sector partners, philanthropists and global education ambassadors. Across the globe, tireless advocates are appealing to governments, private sector and foundations to mobilize US$1.8 billion by 2021 to provide education for children caught in emergencies and protracted crises.
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NEWS

SCALING UP CYCLONE RESPONSE IN MALAWI, MOZAMBIQUE AND ZIMBABWE

Education Cannot Wait is expanding its recovery support for communities affected by the devastating cyclone season in Southern Africa with an additional US$7.8 million in funding for education responses for children in Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
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SUPPORTING COMOROS IN RECOVERING FROM CYCLONE KENNETH

Education Cannot Wait approved a US$639,000 allocation to get 27,000 children and youth back into safe, quality learning environments in Comoros after Cyclone Kenneth caused widespread destruction in the small island developing state in late April.
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US$14 MILLION IN SEED FUNDING ALLOCATIONS FROM ECW SUPPORT THE LAUNCH OF MULTI-YEAR RESILIENCE PROGRAMMES IN SOMALIA TO REACH OVER HALF A MILLION CHILDREN

Education Cannot Wait announced a two-year US$14 million allocation to support the launch of ground-breaking multi-year education programmes in the Federal Government of Somalia and Member States, Somaliland, and Puntland. The programmes target 583,000 vulnerable girls and boys in a country stricken by decades of conflict, widespread violence and disasters, such as droughts and floods.
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IN NORTHWEST AND SOUTHWEST CAMEROON, EDUCATION CANNOT WAIT FIRST EMERGENCY RESPONSE WILL GET 18,000 CHILDREN BACK IN SAFE LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS

Education Cannot Wait announces a US$2.7 million allocation to support the emergency education response in the Northwest and Southwest Regions of Cameroon where the ongoing crisis has left more than 90 per cent of school-aged children without access to any education opportunities.
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PARTNERING WITH PROFUTURO TO DEPLOY DIGITAL EDUCATION SOLUTIONS FOR REFUGEE CHILDREN IN ETHIOPIA

Education Cannot Wait is partnering with ProFuturo to improve access to quality education and learning opportunities for children uprooted by conflict and crises through digital education and teacher training solutions.
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#ACT4ED VIDEO CHALLENGE

Check out our Act4Education Playlist. We love videos and we invite our partners to create videos for the campaign. The top submissions will be considered for screening at this year’s United Nations General Assembly. We are looking for videos on education in emergencies, why filling the funding gap is important and why ‘I #Act4Ed in Crisis.’
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IMPACT

INCLUSIVE EDUCATION

In the complex Rohingya crisis, Education Cannot Wait’s support provides children with disabilities, like Yasmine, with the hope and opportunity provided by quality education.
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AFTER THE QUAKE

In the remote villages of Papua New Guinea, Education Cannot Wait’s support brings much-needed relief to children living in fear after a massive earthquake leveled homes and displaced families.
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PORTRAITS OF RESILIENCE

In Mozambique, communities are reeling from the devastating Cyclones Idai and Kenneth which caused widespread destruction affecting 1.5 million children across the country. In the wake of the disaster, Education Cannot Wait is supporting the swift resumption of education services to ensure children get back to safe and protective learning environments. Meet Maria Alberto, an inspiring teacher who is helping children recover from the disaster and be better prepared should another disaster occur.
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OUR PARTNERS

ECW INTERVIEW WITH ALLEGRA BAIOCCHI – A HUMANITARIAN COORDINATOR COMMITTED TO EMERGENCY EDUCATION FOR CHILDREN IN CAMEROON

The UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator for Cameroon shares her insights on the current humanitarian situation, the importance of education for children caught in emergencies and the crucial role of ECW’s support to the emergency response in the country.
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OPINION: WORLD LEADERS CAN AND MUST DO MORE FOR GIRLS' EDUCATION IN EMERGENCIES

UK Labour MP Stephen Twigg and Education Cannot Wait's Director Yasmine Sherif believe that we can and must do more for girls' education in emergencies. 'That’s why we’re calling on the U.K. government to build on its leadership to date, including by increasing support for the Education Cannot Wait fund to £75 million (US$94.7 million) over three years and supporting the fund to increase the amount it allocates to secondary education.'
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RACHEL BROSNAHAN HIGHLIGHTS NEED TO FUND EDUCATION CANNOT WAIT FOR WORLD REFUGEES DAY

‘Only 2-4% of annual humanitarian funding goes to education. That number is staggeringly low and simply not enough. Earlier this year, I took a trip to Peru with @GlblCtzn to learn more about the life-changing and life-saving work that @EduCannotWait did in Piura in the wake of the 2017 mudslides and to see firsthand the growing need for support in the area as Peru works to accommodate the nearly 800,0000 migrants they have welcomed due to the ongoing crisis in Venezuela. This #WorldRefugeeDay, stand with me and #GlobalCitizen as we call on leaders from Ireland, UK, US and more to support @educannotwait’s effort to mobilize $1.8 billion by 2021.’
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MALALA CALLS ON G20 LEADERS TO FUND EDUCATION CANNOT WAIT

‘I’m grateful to President Abe for placing girls’ education on the G20 agenda. I hope Japan’s commitment and funding for education grows to match its achievements in global health. During the upcoming August interim budget, Japan should increase its contribution to the Global Partnership for Education and Education Cannot Wait.’
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THEIRWORLD'S #RIGHTTHEWRONG CAMPAIGN KICKSTARTS RESOURCE MOBILIZATION FOR EDUCATION CANNOT WAIT

'In the coming weeks, leaders will hear from our Global Youth Ambassadors and other campaign supporters about what they can do to ensure funding for education and create millions of school places for vulnerable children.' - Justin van Fleet, President, Theirworld.
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SCALING UP EDUCATION TO TRANSFORM THE LIVES OF UGANDA’S REFUGEE CHILDREN 

‘The ECW programme aims to combine technical and operational approaches harmoniously between partners, allowing the programme to be more effective in delivering quality education, without reinventing the wheel.’ - Rachael Corbishley, Save the Children
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EDUCATION CANNOT WAIT MAKES AN IMPACT ON GIRLS’ EDUCATION

‘Civil society organizations – including the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) – have joined forces to voice our support for Education Cannot Wait as it works towards its goal of supporting quality education for close to 9 million children annually in some of the world’s worst humanitarian crises.’ – Giulia McPherson, JRS
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SOCIAL

LEADERSHIP FROM THE UK

Yasmine Sherif‏ 
Thank you @Hbaldwin for strong leadership & voice of support to girls’ #EducationInEmergencies and #EducationCannotWait’s replenishment. #G7France #LeaveNoGirlBehind @DFID_UK @AliciaH_1 – at Unesco
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CELEBRATING CANADA’S CONTRIBUTION

Yasmine Sherif‏ 
Thank you @MaryamMonsef for generous contribution to #EducationCannotWait during Charlevoix and continued championship for #GirlsEducationInEmergencies during #G7France @DevCanada #LeaveNoGirlBehind #Act4Ed – at Unesco
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DFID SUPPORTS ECW AND GPE ON WORLD REFUGEE DAY

DFID Child,Youth&Ed
We are proud of our support through @EduCannotWait and @GPforEducation which is providing refugees with access to a quality education. While the scale of the challenge remains daunting, the future looks positive and solutions are in reach. #WorldRefugeeDay #UKaid
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INEE CALLS ON LEADERS TO #ACT4ED

INEE
When we #Act4Ed in Crisis, we bring dignity to the people. We stand with @EduCannotWait in calling on global leaders to fill the funding gap for education in conflict & crises with $1.8 billion to support 9 million children by 2021. https://act4educationincrisis.org
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DATA SHOULD CAPTURE THE REALITIES

”The changing humanitarian landscape is illustrated by staggering figures for displacement as a result of conflicts & #climatechange & a sharp rise in funding needs. #EiEData needs to capture & report on these emerging challenges to ensure adequate investment in SDG4 in crisis.”
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UNICEF LOOKS TO #ACT4ED TO EMPOWER AN ENTIRE GENERATION

UNICEF Education‏ 
Children and youth in fragile and conflict-affected countries are 30% less likely to complete primary education. It's time to think about how an education can empower an entire generation! #Act4Ed Take action: https://uni.cf/2x4itCx  v/@EduCannotWait
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HP BUILDS OUT SUPPORT FOR EDUCATION IN UGANDA

HP Sustainable Impact
21M learners have benefited from @HP education programs since 2015. We're on our way to 100M by 2025, thanks to partners like @Educannotwait, @LearnEQ, @UNIDO, @UNHCR and others who help accelerate our progress. More in our #HPSIReport18 https://bit.ly/2WU9le6
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NATIONAL EDUCATORS UNION

National Education Union
75 million school-aged children and youth are in desperate need of educational support, either in danger of, or already missing out on their education.@sendmyfriend @EduCannotWait #UnlockEducation Learn more: http://www.educationcannotwait.org/
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ECW EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Justin W. van Fleet
Reviewing the results presented to the @EduCannotWait Executive Committee today and happy to see progress — 7% of education funding in emergencies to early years and @theirworld 10% target referenced as the goal...! @REAL_Centre #WriteTheWrong
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SAFEGUARDING & PROTECTION!

Yasmine Sherif‏ 
Every armed conflict is marked by violations and abuses of school-aged children. #EducationCannotWait joins forces with @CPiE_Global & @INEEtweets in a tripartite agreement to translate the legal standards and conventions into practical action of protection!
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UPCOMING EVENTS

WORLD DAY AGAINST TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS

30 July
Connect with the global movement to #Act4Ed in Crisis to protect children against #HumanTrafficking #EndHumanTrafficking 
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Education Cannot Wait (ECW) is the first global fund dedicated to education in emergencies and protracted crises. ECW was established during the World Humanitarian Summit in 2016 by international humanitarian and development aid actors, along with public and private donors, to help reposition education as a priority on the humanitarian agenda, usher in a more collaborative approach among actors on the ground and foster additional funding to ensure that every crisis-affected child and young person is in school and learning. Figures for donor contributions and pledges are rounded up. Variations may occur due to exchange rates and fluctuations from local currencies to $US. 


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