At this year’s UNGA, world leaders stepped up in an inspiring way to provide quality, inclusive education to children and youth left furthest behind.
PROVIDING HOPE THROUGH QUALITY EDUCATION IN EMERGENCIES & PROTRACTED CRISES
At this year’s United Nation’s General Assembly, world leaders stepped up in an inspiring way to provide quality, inclusive education to children and youth left furthest behind in armed conflicts, forced displacement and natural disasters. A total of $216 million was pledged at our Leave No One Behind event on 25 September 2019. New strategic donor partners, such as Ireland, Switzerland and the LEGO Foundation, joined forces with Denmark, Germany, Norway, the United Kingdom and the United States and announced a record amount for Education Cannot Wait to date at UNGA. The Education Cannot Wait fund (ECW) has now surpassed over a half a billion US dollars ($560 million).
In the same spirit, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands also expanded their commitment to inclusive and continued quality education for children and youth in middle-income and lower-middle-income countries. $600 million was pledged to the new International Facility for Education (IFFEd), which offers grants and concessional loans to accelerate SDG 4.
During the event the Global Partnership for Education (GPE), who had a very successful replenishment in Senegal in 2017, actively participated and shared insights on their investments on SDG 4 and complementarities with other funds.
With all key strategic donor partners attending the event, including the EU/EC and the WB, alongside host-government, UN agencies, non-governmental organizations, private sector and academia, the event served as a moving reminder of our collective efforts and shared progress. In a world where 262 million children and youth do not access quality, inclusive education, where a whole generation is disempowered and denied their right to learn, develop and realize their full potential, we have a moral, legal and financial obligation to tirelessly search for new solutions, innovative designs and financial means. The event illustrated how this is possible.
ECW, GPE and IFFEd are three funding mechanisms that offer solutions by working together in a complementary fashion. Each fund applies a different business model and has unique comparative advantages for different contexts. Indeed, in closing the significant funding gaps and addressing the context specific challenges, complementarity and cooperation are not options. They are imperatives.
Complementarity and cooperation are also overarching strategic objectives of ECW’s approach to humanitarian-development coherence for SDG 4 in emergencies and protracted crisis. Multi-year resilience investments bring together humanitarian and development actors into one joint programme - towards collective outcomes that put the needs of the child at the center.
Across the UN System, UNICEF, UNHCR, UNESCO and WFP each bring their added value. Save the Children, Plan International, International Rescue Committee, Norwegian Refugee Council, Humanity Inclusive and War Child are but a few of the strong civil society partners that contribute significantly according to their comparative advantage.
And, at the heart of it all are national governments and local civil society organizations. We are pleased that ECW has now exceeded the localization target of 25% by reaching 30% in just over two years of operations. Together, all of ECW’s partners have delivered on SDG4 to more than 1.5 million children and youth.
By serving as a catalyst for financial resources for inclusive quality education through joint programming in complex crisis settings, ECW aspires to serve as a catalyst for hope, action and genuine learning. As the UN Special Envoy for Global Education, the Rt Hon Gordon Brown so eloquently stated at the beginning of our ‘Leave No One Behind’ event: “Hope dies if we don’t allow our young people to prepare for the future.”
With these new pledges and complementary approaches, we are now able to take further action and sustain further hope for millions more. Somali girls like Nadifa can start their day in the classroom and not in the quarry. Girls forced to flee violence in the Lake Chad region like Aisha now have a chance to make their dreams of becoming teachers, doctors and engineers come true.
Children and youth affected by conflicts, dispossession and forced displacement cannot live without hope. In all too many cases, hope is the only thing left that they have when all else is gone. In deep suffering, they hope to survive. When given an opportunity to access education, they hope to change their lives. And when they plan for their future, they hope to make a positive difference in the world.
During UNGA 2019, action was taken. Hope was delivered. May it sustain, inspire and multiply in the years to come. Quality education and learning in crisis countries is priceless, yet it comes at a significant cost. ECW must meet its funding target of $1.8 billion by 2021 to reach 9 million crisis-affected children and youth.
This is a target that we cannot afford to miss at any cost.
Education Cannot Wait
CONTRIBUTIONS & PLEDGES TO ECW
WORLD LEADERS PLEDGE A RECORD US$216 MILLION TO EDUCATION CANNOT WAIT
To accelerate the Sustainable Development Goals through education SDG4 - world leaders from Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Norway, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the United States and the private sector - The LEGO Foundation and ProFuturo - announced US$216 million in new contributions to Education Cannot Wait at this year’s UN General Assembly. With these contributions ECW has now surpassed half-a-billion US dollars (US$560 million) in resources mobilized. Learn More | Video Highlights
HLSG: STRENGTHENING COLLABORATION AND PARTNERSHIPS TO ACCELERATE SDG4 FOR THOSE LEFT FURTHEST BEHIND IN CRISES
At the September ECW High-Level Steering Group Meeting, leaders acknowledged the Fund’s efforts to strengthen education responses and outcomes with focus on the responses in Afghanistan and Mozambique.
The Eminent Person & Dutch Minister of Trade and Development Sigrid Kaag introduced a strategic discussion on the Grand Bargain.
ECW has now exceeded the 25% target for the localization agenda and reached 30% in empowering local actors to deliver education to children and youth caught in emergencies and protracted crisis.
In addition, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi briefed the HLSG on the forthcoming Global Refugee Forum.
NETHERLANDS MINISTER FOR FOREIGN TRADE & DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION, SIGRID KAAG, AT ECW HLSG
#UNGA: At today’s @EduCannotWait HLSG, @SigridKaag highlights crucial need & right to education for millions of children/youth left furthest behind in emergencies & protracted crises + the need to provide mental health & psychosocial support. @NlatUN @MinBZ @UN @MatthewRycroft1 Share Tweet
NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH LEGO FOUNDATION TO SUPPORT LEARNING THROUGH PLAY
The Lego Foundation is partnering with Education Cannot Wait with a new US$12.5 million grant that will increase access to quality learning environments for girls and boys caught in emergencies and protracted crises. ‘We are proud to join USAID and State PRM in support of Education Cannot Wait, as we stand to lose an entire generation if we don’t take immediate action to support education in crisis settings,’ said John Goodwin, CEO at LEGO Foundation. “I want to commend the LEGO Foundation for taking a leading role in promoting ‘learning through play,’ an important Danish tradition. I look forward to developing our partnership with the LEGO Foundation on education in humanitarian situations,” said Rasmus Prehn, Minister for Development Cooperation of Denmark. Learn More
PARTNERING WITH IGAD TO INCREASE ACCESS TO QUALITY AND INCLUSIVE EDUCATION FOR REFUGEE AND DISPLACED CHILDREN
ECW and the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) signed a partnership agreement on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly to enhance regional cooperation and accelerate more effective education investments for refugees and displaced children and youth across the eight countries of the IGAD region - based on the model of the Uganda Education Response Plan for Refugees and Host-Communities. Learn More
GLOBAL CITIZEN FESTIVAL
Introduced by globally renowned actor and humanitarian activist, Hugh Jackman and Emmy-award winning actress and Global Citizen Ambassador Rachel Brosnahan, ECW Director Yasmine Sherif took to the stage at the Global Citizen Festival concert - headlined by Queen, Pharrell and Alicia Keys - in Central Park on 28 September, to thank 60,000 Global Citizen and their supporters around the world for their efforts to drive increased resources and political support for ECW. Learn More
SOCIAL MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS
@EduCannotWait’s Most Popular Tweet of September 2019
Quality pre-primary education is the foundation of child’s learning journey: every stage of education that follows relies on its success. Together with @GPforEducation and @EduCannotWait, we urge governments and partners to invest in #preprimaryforall. Share Tweet
Early education is one of the best investments a country can make to keep children in school and learning. Together with @UNICEF and @EduCannotWait, we urge governments and partners to make pre-primary education a reality for all. @GPforEducation Share Tweet
UNHCR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FILIPPO GRANDE AT ECW HIGH-LEVEL STEERING GROUP FORUM
#UNGA: @RefugeesChief and @EduCannotWait Director @YasmineSherif1 at #ECW’s HLSG Forum. Working together so refugee children and youth can access quality and continued education for 12 years in the public school system. @unhcr_education @unicefeducation @un @unhcr_education @unicefeducation @un Share Tweet
Note: ECW education in emergencies investments include refugee education as a priority and we are committed to scale up secondary education for refugees. ECW’s support to the upcoming Global Refugee Forum is also a key priority for our work.
UNICEF EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR HENRIETTA FORE OPENS ECW ‘LEAVE NO ONE BEHIND’ UNGA EVENT
#UNGA: @UnicefChief opens #ECW session of ‘Leave No One Behind’ – focused on the key role and need for increased investments in education in emergencies for children left furthest behind. @UNICEF @OfficeGSBrown @AminaJMohammed @UNICEFEducation Share tweet
RT HON GORDON BROWN ADDRESSES ECW ‘LEAVE NO ONE BEHIND’ UNGA EVENT
Standing ovation follows @OfficeGSBrown impassioned speech on need for more support for #ECW because #EducationCannotWait for any girl or boy. #UNGA @DFID_Education @AminaJMohammed @UnicefChief @UNICEFEducation @UNHCR_Education Share Tweet
ECW DIRECTOR YASMINE SHERIF CHAIRS HIGH-LEVEL PANEL AT ECW ‘LEAVE NO ONE BEHIND’ UNGA EVENT
#UNGA: High-level @EduCannotWait panel discussion on key role and urgent need for education in emergencies for millions of children/youth caught in crises. @AliceAlbright @SteGiannini @YasmineSherif1 @Unicef @OfficeGSBrown @UN @AminaJMohammed Share Tweet
DENMARK’S MINISTER FOR DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION RASMUS PREHN AT ECW’S ‘LEAVE NO ONE BEHIND’ UNGA EVENT
Thank you to Minister @RasmusPrehn for supporting @EduCannotWait with 50 mill DKK. Happy to have a solidarity minister and hope new finance budget 2020 will have more funding for 2020. 75 million children live in crises. @redbarnetdk @DanishMFA Share Tweet
NORWAY’S MINISTER OF INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT DAG INGE ULSTEIN ON STAGE WITH ECW SUPPORTER FRENCH MONTANA
We cannot accept that education remains a distant dream for millions of children caught up in conflict & crises. Must reach out to the most marginalized & excluded children. Norway is a proud partner for @EduCannotWait! #SDG4 #UNGA #ConsistentPartner. Share Tweet
UN DEPUTY HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR REFUGEES KELLY CLEMENTS ADDRESSES UNESCO UNGA EVENT
‘This is a big #education week, not only a big climate action week! We have seen it also with the big commitments to our partner @EduCannotWait and the recognition of the importance of education in emergencies’ - @KellyTClements #UNHCR #UNGA2019 @UNESCO event. Share Tweet
SARAH BROWN VISITS THEIRWORLD’S INFINITY CLASSROOM AT UNGA
I made it to the @theirworld Infinity Room at the @UN for a thoughtful moment. A lot of money raised for education this week which is wonderful. #whataweek #WriteTheWrong Share Tweet
PRESIDENT OF THEIR WORLD, JUSTIN VAN FLEET, VISITS THE INFINITY CLASSROOM AT UNGA
This week at #UNGA I visited the @theirworld Infinity Classroom to see the scale of the 260 million out-of-school children. It’s time for world leaders to pledge to #WriteTheWrong this week and fund education! #act4ed #educationcannotwait #iffed Share Tweet
VIDEO CLIP OF EMMY-AWARD WINNING ACTRESS RACHEL BROSNAHAN AND ECW DIRECTOR YASMINE SHERIF THANKING ECW SUPPORTERS AT GLOBAL CITIZEN FESTIVAL
Watch @YasmineSherif1 speech at the @GlblCtzn #GlobalCitizenFestival 2019 in NYC. Please RT to support @EduCannotWait’s goal to mobilize $1.8B to reach 9M children caught in war, conflict & disaster with education by 2021. @RachelBros @HughCEvans #GlobalCitizen #Education #SDG4 Watch Video
ECW DONOR THANK-YOU VIDEO CLIP OF UNGA PLEDGES
Thank-you! $216M pledged to #ECW at #UNGA! ECW now surpasses half-a-billion dollars ($516M) in contributions for education support to children caught in emergencies. @DFID_UK @NorwayMFA @StatePRM @Swiss_UN @CiaranCannon @RasmusPrehn @GermanyUN @USAID @LEGOFoundation @Profuturo_ Share Tweet
PARTNERS/DONORS JOIN STAGE AT CLOSING OF ECW’S ‘LEAVE NO ONE BEHIND’ UNGA EVENT
#UNGA: Working together in close collaboration is how #EducationCannotWait & partners are able to deliver quality, inclusive education results for children/youth left furthest behind in emergencies & protracted crises. Here are a few of these wonderful partners! ~ @YasmineSherif1 Share Tweet
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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.