Project Syndicate: Tackling the COVID Hunger Education Crisis

“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, Mark Lowcock

In this new, compelling opinion piece featured on Project Syndicate, Gordon Brown, UN Special Envoy for Global Education and former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, and Mark Lowcock, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, highlight the devastating COVID-19, hunger and education crisis facing millions of vulnerable children and youth around the world. They call for urgent financing for Education Cannot Wait and its partner organizations like WFP, Save the Children and UNICEF, so that together, they can reach more of these children with the help they so desperately need now.

"With only 31% of refugee children enrolled at the secondary level, and just 27% of girls, Education Cannot Wait – which helps displaced children into school and has raised almost $1 billion in its short existence – needs to be fully funded. By directing additional resources to education, we can get 136 million children in some of the poorest and most conflict-affected countries back in school – and help them stay there.”

Please read the full article available in English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, German, Dutch and Russian on Project Syndicate.


About Education Cannot Wait (ECW):
ECW is the first global fund dedicated to education in emergencies and protracted crises. It was launched by international humanitarian and development aid actors, along with public and private donors, to address the urgent education needs of 75 million children and youth in conflict and crisis settings around the world. ECW’s investment modalities are designed to usher in a more collaborative approach among actors on the ground, ensuring relief and development organizations join forces to achieve education outcomes. Education Cannot Wait is hosted by UNICEF. The Fund is administered under UNICEF’s financial, human resources and administrative rules and regulations, while operations are run by the Fund’s own independent governance structure.

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