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We, The Peoples.


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 years ago, 75 million children and youth were estimated to be left behind in emergencies and protracted crisis. Their governance structures were either unable or unwilling to deliver the basic service of an inclusive quality education, their societies torn apart by conflict and disasters, their life a constant survival amidst systematic violations of human rights, humanitarian and refugee law. Today, and as a result of COVID-19, they number 128 million. Among them are more than 79 million girls and boys under the age of 18 in forced displacement.

Education Cannot Wait invests in refugees in border camps, we invest in children and youth in conflict-affected territories no longer governed by governments, we invest in internally displaced children and youth whose whereabouts are no longer registered, and we invest in girls, adolescent girls and children with disabilities enduring marginalization. Because they are the ones falling between the cracks in national plans in countries plagued by weak governance, lack of the rule of law, conflict and forced displacement.

Indeed, Education Cannot Wait and our UN and Civil Society partner work closely with both communities and national governments. We know that the majority of education ministries are not unwilling to deliver on Sustainable Development Goal 4. Rather, they are unable to deliver an inclusive quality education to those left furthest behind. This is where Education Cannot Wait empowers government and communities through our partners in-country.

Adopting a crisis-sensitive approach, we deliver on a development sector in contexts where the conventional development structures are unable to effectively and efficiently carry out the delivery of basic services to the whole population, including to refugees. 

‘We the Peoples’ – as the UN Charter states in its preamble – drives ECW. Our priority is to reach young school-aged people whose access to an inclusive quality education is disrupted by conflicts, climate-induced disasters and forced displacement, leaving them furthest behind in reaching Sustainable Development Goal 4.

Their education is of absolute essence to all of us, as we collectively prepare for their future and that of their crisis-affected societies. Their education cannot wait until good governance and the rule of law have been restored. In the aftermath of long-running conflict, recovery and rehabilitation take decades and will require a “whole of government” approach to be efficient, transparent and effective in delivering a quality education. However, the brutal reality is that most conflicts today are still active and protracted. These children and youth cannot wait for systems to be functional. They are individuals with dreams, hopes, resilience and a future – now.

Until the social contract between a government and the people on its territory (citizens and refugees alike), has been restored, we need to make the children and youth left furthest behind our primary responsibility. In countries that receive investments from ECW in the sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East or South America, millions of the children and youth exist merely as a statistic on official records, often labeled as ‘children out of school’. Education Cannot Wait is able to find them with the help of international and national civil society, grassroots and UN partners with deep outreach in the field. We follow them in their flight from their homes and countries of origin, we search for them in the darkest corners of the world. This is the mission of Education Cannot Wait.

While the number of young people left furthest behind in emergencies and protracted crisis has now reached 128 million due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it continues to rise with the onset of new conflicts and forced displacements in sub-Saharan Africa. Without the financial support and funding for Education Cannot Wait and our partners in the UN and civil society community in the field, many of our education programs will come to a grinding halt.

Still, something can be done to prevent this. A total of 16 million children and youth could be reached provided that Education Cannot Wait’s multi-year resilience programmes are fully funded. With an additional $400 million for 2021-2022 towards our humanitarian-development multi-year investments in 26 protracted crisis-countries, we can make a difference. In addition, another $25 million for 2021 could enable Education Cannot Wait to respond rapidly with its emergency response to the growing refugee and internally displaced populations in Ethiopia, Niger, Burkina Faso, Chad and Sudan, among others.

The funding targets for Education Cannot Wait have been set at the minimum to accommodate the current economic challenges and recession.  In doing so, we hope to demonstrate that it takes so little to make a big difference. By shifting our focus to these young school-aged human beings, their teachers and their communities, working hand-in-hand with education ministers struggling alone against all odds, we focus on human beings, or ‘We, the Peoples’. When we recognize their humanity and see our own children in them, we will know what needs to be done.  
 
Yasmine Sherif
Director
Education Cannot Wait (ECW)
RESULTS & UPDATES

NEWS

ECW INTERVIEWS REFUGEE YOUTH ADVOCATE NUJEEN MUSTAFA

At just sixteen years old, Nujeen Mustafa made the 3,500-mile journey from Syria to Germany in a steel wheelchair. Nujeen was born with cerebral palsy and spent the majority of her life confined to her apartment in Aleppo, Syria, where she taught herself English watching shows on TV. Learn more about the inspiring UNHCR refugee youth advocate in this compelling interview.
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PROJECT SYNDICATE: TACKLING THE COVID, HUNGER, EDUCATION CRISIS – GORDON BROWN AND MARK LOWCOCK

“The choice facing world leaders is simple: act now to tackle the hunger crisis, or pay a much higher price later. Immediate action will be cheaper and save more lives than responding only after multiple famines have taken hold and a generation’s missed education has exacted a terrible toll.” – Gordon Brown and Mark Lowcock in Project Syndicate.
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ECW 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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ECW COVID-19 RESPONSE: ECW AND PARTNERS HAVE REACHED OVER 9 MILLION VULNERABLE CHILDREN AND YOUTH ALREADY

As the world marks the one-year anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic, initial progress reports on Education Cannot Wait’s (ECW) COVID-19 emergency responses to date indicate that the Fund and its partners have reached over 9 million vulnerable girls and boys.

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ECW JOINS UNICEF AND THE WORLD IN CONDEMNING THE ATTACK AND ABDUCTION OF SCHOOLGIRLS IN NIGERIA

#ECW joins #UNICEF and the world in condemning the attack and abduction of innocent schoolgirls from a secondary school in Zamfara State, #Nigeria. Morally reprehensible and a gross violation of children’s rights, we call for their safe, immediate return - @YasmineSherif1 @UNGEI @UN
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ECW AND PARTNERS CONTINUE TO DRIVE ADVOCACY WITH GLOBAL MEDIA COVERAGE

ECW and partners continued to make headlines in leading media outlets across the globe, reaching a readership of 142 million. Coverage included the role of COVID-19 in rising food insecurity, new funding in Mozambique, and ECW Director Yasmine Sherif’s ongoing advocacy for increased funding for education in emergencies and protracted crises.
Project SyndicateThe New York Times | Xinhua | UN.org | Global Citizen | VOA | ReliefWeb | UNHCR | IPS

STORIES FROM THE FIELD

SADIYA GOES TO SCHOOL IN NIGERIA WITH UNICEF AND ECW SUPPORT

Displaced and living with a physical disability, a determined and courageous young girl in Nigeria takes her first steps to learning and the future, with support from UNICEF and Education Cannot Wait.
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SOCIAL MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS

HELEN GRANT UNDERSCORES THE VALUE OF WORKING WITH ECW TO DELIVER VITAL EDUCATION SERVICES FOR GIRLS LIVING THROUGH CRISES

Helen Grant
@HelenGrantMP
The UK is working with @EduCannotWait to deliver vital education services to girls living through crises & emergencies. Now more than ever it’s important to work together. I talked with @YasmineSherif1 to hear how #UKAid is supporting continued learning around the world.
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DANISH MINISTRY OF FINANCE ON SUPPORT FOR ECW

Helle Gudmandsen
@helle_heg
Vigtig artikel fra Johanne i dag. Sæt børn og unge i centrum fro en ny udviklingsstrategi.
@DanishMFA @EduCannotWait
#dkaid Red Barnet: Ret fokus mod børn og unge i den nye udviklingspolitiske strategi - Altinget - Alt om politik: http://altinget.dk
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ECUADOR MINISTER OF EDUCATION ON ECW INVESTMENTS IN ECUADOR

Monserrat Creamer
@monserratcream1
GRACIAS! Quoting tweet. #ECWResults with @unicefecuador @RETAmericas. 3,260 grants have been awarded for uniforms, school supplies, educational kits, tablets, and connectivity packages. Learn more about the impact of #ECW-financed activities in #Ecuador. https://bit.ly/3oXqCB3
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UNICEF MARKS 75 YEARS DELIVERING #FOREVERYCHILD

Henrietta H. Fore
@unicefchief
COVID-19 is the first truly global crisis we have seen in our lifetime – and it will not be the last. To mark UNICEF's 75th anniversary, I’ve written an open letter on five opportunities we must seize to reimagine a better future #ForEveryChild.
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STATE PRM (POPULATION, REFUGEES, AND MIGRATION BUREAU) SHOUT-OUT TO ECW’S EXPOSURE STORY-TELLING PLATFORM

Check out @EduCannotWait’s new project w/@Exposure, telling the stories of the world’s most vulnerable: children. The #USA has supported ECW since its inception to do our part to address the educational needs of children in conflict and crisis situations.
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WFP’S DAVID BEASLEY: ‘SUPPORT WFP AND ECW’S PARTNERSHIP TO GIVE THESE CHILDREN NEW HOPE’

Education Cannot Wait
@EduCannotWait
The #COVID19 pandemic means children and youth across the globe are missing out on school meals and going hungry. Together with @WFP and partners, we are making a difference to extend school feeding programs. http://educationcannotwait.org. @WFPChief @WFP_Media @WFPUSA @WFP_Africa
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NORWAY PROUD TO PARTNER WITH THE WORLD FOOD PROGRAMME (WFP)

NorwayUN
@NorwayUN
Norway is a proud partner to @WFP & @EduCannotWait. Important to keep giving children in conflict access to education & food, despite #Covid19 challenges.
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ECW COMMENDS COLOMBIA’S HISTORIC DECISION TO GRANT TEMPORARY PROTECTION STATUS TO VENEZUELAN’S, ALLOWING CHILDREN TO ACCESS EDUCATION

#ECW commends: Colombia’s historic decision to grant temporary protection status to Venezuelan’s, allowing children to access education; and, #ECW partner @Refugees @FilippoGrandi @CNNConnect @VictoriaBxE @MinEducacion @YasmineSherif1
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UNICEF, UNESCO, GPE, IFFED AND MORE PARTICIPATE IN MULTILATERAL EDUCATION PLATFORM MEETING

Inspiring Multilateral Education Platform Meeting! #ECW supports national partners, @UN agencies & civil society to deliver on #SDG4 with speed, scale and results through multilateral coordination mechanisms for effective humanitarian-development coherence. @YasmineSherif1 @UNICEF
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, GORDON BROWN! THANK YOU FOR YOUR INSPIRING LEADERSHIP AND COMMITMENT TO #EIEPC

Education Cannot Wait
@EduCannotWait
Happy Birthday, Gordon Brown, from all at #ECW! Thank-you for your inspiring leadership - changing lives of crisis-affected children & youth every single day – as @UN Special Envoy for Global Education & Chair of ECW's High-Level Steering Group!  @antonioguterres @officegsbrown
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ANTONIO GUTERRES S’EST ENTRETENU AVEC @EDUCANNOTWAIT SUR L’IMPORTANCE DE L’ÉDUCATION EN CETTE PÉRIODE DE CRISE. @ONU_FR

“Alors que nous entamons l’annéee 2021, l’éducation doit être au coeur de notre riposte à la pandémie et de nos efforts de relèvement.” @AntonioGuterres s’est entretenu avec @EduCannotWait sur l’importance de l’éducation en cette periode de crise.
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ECW THANKS UN RELIEF CHIEF MARK LOWCOCK FOR HIS LEADERSHIP, INSPIRATION AND STRONG SUPPORT OF ECW’S MISSION TO DELIVER #SDG4

From all of us at #ECW, thank-you Mark for your leadership, inspiration and strong support of @EduCannotWait’s mission to deliver on #SDG4 for those left furthest behind. Our warm wishes to you and your family! @YasmineSherif1 @UNReliefChief @UNOCHA @UN
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SHAKIRA ADVANCES GLOBAL CITIZEN ‘RECOVERY PLAN FOR THE WORLD’ TO ADVOCATE FOR ECW

Shakira
@shakira

COVID-19 school closures have affected 1.5 billion kids worldwide — with 33% unable to access any form of remote learning. Join me and @GlblCtzn to call for better education funding as a part of the Recovery Plan for the World: http://glblctzn.me/shakirareturntolearn
#WorldRecoveryPlan
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INTERNATIONAL PARLIAMENTARY NETWORK FOR EDUCATION (IPNE) HIGHLIGHTS VALUE OF ECW’S COVID-19 RESPONSE

International Parliamentary Network for Education
@IPNEducation

For a generation of children and youth whose education has been disrupted by conflict and humanitarian disasters, COVID-19 is a crisis upon a crisis. @EduCannotWait's COVID-19 emergency response has reached over 9 million children and youth to date. Find out more: bit.ly/3k5TEh9
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EMPOWERING TEACHERS WITH PLAN INTERNATIONAL

Plan International UK
@PlanUK

As well as providing training for teachers, Plan International - with funding from @educannotwait - has built additional classrooms for the growing numbers of students in need and provided pupils with school kits to facilitate their return to school.
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THE OXFORD FORUM FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT EDUCATION IN CRISES PANEL

Teach For All
@TeachForAll
In case you missed it here is a summary of the past "Education in Crises"  @ox_fid panel discussion with our CEO @wendykopp, @EduCannotWait’s @YasminSherif1 & other world education leaders! http://bit.ly/3bqaaow
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REHABILITATING SCHOOLS IN SOMALILAND WITH UNICEF IN SOMALIA

UNICEF Somalia
@unicefsomalia
Together with @EduCannotWait and the Government, we're rehabilitating schools, training teachers, providing learning materials and flexible lesson times to give more children in #Somaliland the change to get a quality #education. #ForEveryChild, learning.
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ALGERIA BECOMES 107th STATE TO ENDORSE THE #SAFESCHOOLSDECLARATION!

Wonderful! #Algeria becomes the 107th state to endorse the #SafeSchoolsDeclaration! Every child has the right to learn without fear of violence! Who’s next? @AlgeriaUN @UN
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UNICEF PROVIDES HANDWASHING KITS TO SCHOOLS IN CHAD TO PREVENT SPREAD OF COVID-19 WITH ECW SUPPORT

At the pilot school in Bol, this girl washes her hands with soap and water before going to her classroom. Thanks to @EduCannotWait which has provided each school with handwashing kits, the school is working to prevent Covid-19. #ForEveryChild. @WHO @OnuTchad @UNICEFAfrica
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SDG 4 AID COORDINATION DONOR MEETING EMBRACES CROSS-SECTORAL APPROACH

Education Cannot Wait
@EduCannotWait
#SDGG4 Aid Coordination Donor Meeting: #ECW Director @YasmineSherif1 emphasizes the need to use the existing @UN coordination structure for all #SDGs to ensure a multilateral cross-sectoral approach, cost-effectiveness, speed and results! @antonioguterres @aminajmohammed @unesco
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UNICEF ECUADOR: ‘LA EDUCACIÓN ES EL CAMINO’

UNICEF Ecuador #LaEducaciónEsElCamino | La alternancia entre casa y escuela busca que nadie deje de estudiar y que los estudiantes puedan mantener contacto con sus docentes y compañeros al menos una vez por semana. @Educacion_Ec @ONUEcuador @UNESCOQuito @ACNUREcuador @EduCannotWait
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FORMER LES FUTURS SCIENTIFIQUES DU TCHAD À TRAVERS L’APPUI DE l’UNICEF ET ECW 

L’étude des sciences a un impact potentiellement transformateur sur les enfants vivant dans des zones affectées par un conflit à travers le monde.
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CALLING ALL BILLIONAIRES! YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS TO ECW WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Education Cannot Wait
@EduCannotWait
"Over 7 months of the pandemic in 2020, ~600 billionaires' net worth grew by $931 billion collectively. Hopefully, they can also give back to help crisis-affected girls/boys whose education is disrupted in conflict & displacement settings" ~ @YasmineSherif1 @elonmusk @jeffbezos @un
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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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