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INVITATION - RESPONDING TO THE EDUCATION CRISIS IN CENTRAL SAHEL


Online event: Responding to the Education Crisis in Central Sahel
12 October 2020 at 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. CEST, 9 a.m. EDT
Side event to the Ministerial Roundtable on Central Sahel in October 2020
We invite you to register today for this event: Via this link


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

Ms. Yasmine Sherif
Director, Education Cannot Wait (ECW)

Mr. Michael Köhler
Deputy Director-General, European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) (to be confirmed)

Ms. Goundo Odette Keita
National President, Organisation des Jeunes Africains pour le Développement et l’Emergence, Mali

Ms. Yasmina Mohamed Boubacar
Advocate for children’s and girls’ education, Plan International Niger

Mr. Issoufou Ouedraogo
Education in Emergencies Specialist, Save the Children Burkina Faso

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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.

On Twitter, please follow: @EduCannotWait  @YasmineSherif1  @KentPage 

Additional information available at: www.educationcannotwait.org

To support our efforts and donate to Education Cannot Wait, text ‘ECW’ to 707070 (*from the US and Canada only) or visit www.pledgeling.com/ECW

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