An education crisis is facing Central Sahel, requiring urgent response in order to build the future of the region.
Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger have seen education under attack from armed conflict, displacements, climate change and recently the COVID-19 crisis, leaving 13 million out of school and exposing especially vulnerable children and girls to risks of abuse, child labour, early marriage or radicalisation.
There is vital need for the education emergency to be addressed in a consolidated response to the Sahel crises through increased financing and stronger and more holistic partnerships. The event brings together ministers, donors, NGOs and the voices of affected children and youth to highlight the education crisis and its impact on the region, present best practices, and provide concrete recommendations.
The side event is co-hosted by the Ministry of National Education, Literacy and Promotion of National Languages of Burkina Faso, Education Cannot Wait, Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack, and Save the Children. Recommendations from the side event will be put forward to the High-Level Ministerial Roundtable on Central Sahel to be held on October 20th 2020, hosted by the Governments of Denmark and Germany, the European Union and the United Nations
Speakers: H.E. Stanislas Ouaro
Minister of Education, Ministry of National Education, Literacy and Promotion of National Languages of Burkina Faso
About Education Cannot Wait (ECW):
ECW is the first global fund dedicated to education in emergencies. 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. 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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