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HER EDUCATION IS OUR FOUNDATION

Conflicts and disasters are about destruction. Discrimination and marginalization are about disempowerment. Combine the two and we get a glimpse of the brutal reality affecting millions of girls today. Standing amidst the ruins of their towns, displaced communities and torn-apart families, they are further shackled by exclusion, exploitation and lost opportunities because of their gender.
 
An estimated 39 million girls and adolescent girls in countries affected by armed conflicts, forced displacement or natural disasters lack access to quality education. They represent a new generation prevented from acquiring the skills they need to withstand the shocks of crisis, to rebuild their lives and to contribute to the reconstruction of their society. They also represent a significant segment of humanity deprived of their inherent human right to learn, grow and achieve their potential.
 
Girls are the ones furthest left behind. We find them in South Sudan, where 72 per cent  of primary school-aged girls (vs. 64 per cent of boys) do not attend primary school; in the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya, where only 38 per cent of primary school students are girls; in Niger, where only 15 per cent of 15- to 24-year-old girls and young women are literate (vs. 35 per cent of young men); and, in Afghanistan where 70 per cent of the 3.5 million out of school children are girls, to mention just a few staggering, illustrative examples in the 21st century.
 
Yet, it has been demonstrated that better educated women have better incomes, and their children are better educated and in better health. The World Bank estimates that if every girl worldwide were to receive 12 years of quality-schooling, their lifetime earning could increase by $15 trillion to $30 trillion. Moreover, greater education equality between male and female students could decrease the likelihood of violent conflict by as much as 37 per cent. Thus, while the statistics clearly make the case for bold financial investments in girls’ education now, the lack of such investments is even costlier and its impact will haunt generations to come.

As a global fund for education in emergencies and protracted crises, ECW leverages funding to advance girls’ education in the humanitarian-development nexus. ECW’s recently published Gender Policy and Accountability Framework sets out our approach in translating our commitment to girls’ education in conflict- and crisis-affected countries into action. ECW has also taken affirmative action to ensure that 60 per cent of all students benefiting from ECW investments are girls and adolescent girls, while gender-sensitivity is integrated across all ECW-funded joint programmes.

Together with ECW stakeholders and partners on the ground, such as host-governments, strategic donor partners, UN agencies, civil society and private sector, we pursue gender equality and the empowerment of girls in emergencies and protracted crises through Sustainable Development Goal 4, since it is the foundation for all other SDGs.
 
Without a strong foundation values and aspirations tend to crumble. Can there be a more urgent mission than to invest in girls’ education to ensure a solid foundation for the Decade of Action?

Yasmine Sherif
Director
Education Cannot Wait

RESULTS & UPDATES


 

NEWS

CIVIL SOCIETY: A DYNAMIC FORCE IN THE GLOBAL EDUCATION CANNOT WAIT MOVEMENT

Education Cannot Wait interviews Birgitte Lange, CEO Save the Children Norway and Civil Society Organization Representative to the ECW High-Level Steering Group.
Read the interview

EDUCATION CANNOT WAIT INVESTS $48 MILLION IN CHAD AND ETHIOPIA

ECW and our implementing partners launched two new multi-year resilience programmes with the Governments of Chad and Ethiopia. to support quality education for children and youth affected by conflict, forced displacement, protracted crises and the impacts of climate change, including droughts and floods. In addition to ECW’s $48 million seed funding investment, we are working with our partners to mobilize the additional $168 million required to fully implement the multi-year programmes in the two countries.
Learn More | Coverage in Xinhua and MSN.com | Chad Video | Ethiopia Video | Yasmine Sherif Ethiopia Video

EDUCATION IN THE SAHEL: THE LONG WAY TO GO  

In an op-ed published in Libération, the French Chapter of the Global Education Campaign “Coalition Éducation” argues that education is a crucial stepping stone to support crisis recovery and development in the Sahel. “Coalition Éducation” calls on France to strengthen its global leadership in the sector by immediately increasing its contribution to Education Cannot Wait and the share of its humanitarian aid spending that goes to education. 
Read the op-ed in Libération [FR]

ECW EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE TAKES STOCK

In a February meeting in Dubai, ECW’s Executive Committee discussed the multi-year resilience approach and civil society engagement, approved a second tranche of funding for the Afghanistan Multi-Year Resilience Programme, learnt more about the educational challenges and opportunities for refugee and host-community children and youth in Lebanon, explored how to strengthen the measurement of learning outcomes, and examined current resource mobilization efforts looking at 2020 and beyond.

PUTTING LEARNING FIRST WITH PORTICUS

Education Cannot Wait and Porticus announce a new partnership focused on measuring holistic learning outcomes for children and youth caught in protracted crises and emergencies.
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YASMINE SHERIF AL ARABIYA INTERVIEW

In this latest interview, ECW Director Yasmine Sherif highlights ECW’s support to crisis-affected countries in the Arab world and beyond as we work with our partners to ensure every girl and boy on the planet has access to the safety and protection of a quality education.
Watch Interview

FROM OUR PARTNERS

LEAVE NO GIRL BEHIND

The new UNGEI Leave No Girl Behind research report and policy note –Transformative political leadership to promote 12 years of quality education for all girls – is out.
View Report | UNGEI
 

RESTORING EDUCATION, RESTORING HOPE

Stories from the field. 1 million girls and boys are out of school in Ethiopia. New efforts funded by Education Cannot Wait are working to get these children and youth back in safe, protective learning environments.
Read the story from UNICEF Ethiopia

SCHOOL CLOSURES IN A GROWING NUMBER OF COUNTRIES TO CONTAIN THE SPREAD OF COVID-19 ARE DISRUPTING THE EDUCATION OF MILLIONS STUDENTS ACROSS THE GLOBE

UNESCO is sharing 10 recommendations to ensure that learning remains uninterrupted during this period. 
Read More | UNESCO global monitoring of learners affected by school closures caused by Covid-19
 

INEE RESOURCE COLLECTION ON CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) 

INEE has collected the following list of resources to support the provision of education in places affected by COVID-19, with particular focus on distance learning, alternative education, e-learning, and psychosocial support.
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NORWEGIAN MINISTER OF INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT DAG-INGE ULSTEIN DISCUSSES ECW 2020 PRIORITIES WITH ECW DIRECTOR YASMINE SHERIF

Earlier this year, Norwegian Minister of International Development Dag-Inge Ulstein, ECW High-Level Steering Group member, and ECW Director Yasmine Sherif met in Geneva to discuss ECW’s results achieved and our priorities –to reach those left furthest behind.
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SOCIAL MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS

UN HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR REFUGEES, FILIPPO GRANDI, APPEALS FOR URGENT AID FOR PEOPLE DISPLACED BY VIOLENCE IN BURKINA FASO

@FilippoGrandi
In Burkina Faso, over 600 thousand people have been displaced by the violent action of armed groups. In Kaya and Dori, we have heard terrible stories of men killed, women raped, schools destroyed, children separated from families. More aid is needed, urgently, and on the ground.
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BARONESS SUGG BECOMES UK FIRST SPECIAL ENVOY FOR GIRLS’ EDUCATION

Baroness Sugg
@liz_sugg
I’m delighted to become the UK’s first ever Special Envoy for Girls’ Education. 130 million girls are out of school in the world’s poorest countries, those in school are often not learning. UK will be a force for good in changing that, so they can realise their full potential.
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UNESCO DIRECTOR GENERAL, AUDREY AZOULAY, STRESSES EDUCATION IS THE CORNERSTONE OF DEVELOPMENT

@UNESCO
"Education is the cornerstone of the #GlobalGoals. If we fail in #education, the entire structure of development will fall down" - @AAzoulay. We all must rethink what we learn and how we learn it to build the future we want! Information source  https://on.unesco.org/2kySQqL #FuturesOfEducation
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DEPUTY DIRECTOR GENERAL DG DEVCO ON THE IMPORTANCE OF STRENGHTENING HUMANITARIAN DEVELOPMENT COORDINATION

Marjeta Jager
@marjetajager
Improving coordination between humanitarian and development actors in education field is a joint priority HandshakeGreat conclusion to our 2 days of discussions with Yasmine and ECW #educationcannotwait #uganda #ethiopia #afghanistan #sahel @europeaid @YasmineSherif1
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#UNLOCKBIGCHANGE WITH THEIRWORLD

@theirworld
By working together, we can #UnlockBigChange for the millions of young women who still do not have access to safe and quality education. Here's a look at how @Theirworld is working to act, advocate, and amplify #SDG4 – education for all. #IWD2020
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NRC LATIN AMERICA ON THE POWER TO CHANGE LIVES THROUGH EDUCATION

@NRC_LAC
Jhon, Daily and Shirdey were forced to flee of their home and interrupted their education due to armed conflict in #Colombia. With #EducationCannotWait we made it possible for them to return to school. We provide hope #Education has  the power to change lives. @EduCannotWait
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UNICEF CAR WORKING TO ENSURE EVERY CHILD CAN LEARN

@UNICEF_CAR
Passionate and more determined than ever to learn, nothing can distract 10-year-old Ya Mandé from his classes. Thanks to @EduCannotWait @KfW @UEenRCA @eu_echo @GPforEducation #CHF @Irish_Aid for working with us to ensure every child can learn. #ForEveryChild, an education.
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EDUCATING THE PUBLIC ON THE CORONA VIRUS
@EduCannotWait
World leaders, experts warn against discrimination caused by #coronavirus: “Educating the public is key, incl. sharing preventive measures w/schools, teachers, children & parents”~ @YasmineSherif1 #ECW Director. For prevention, #EducationCannotWait! on.china.cn/2UwJtYb @xinhua
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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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