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A DECADE FOR ACTION – TO BE OR NOT TO BE?


The marking of the International Day of Education on 24 January served as a stark reminder of both our commitment to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education for all, but also of what actions have yet to be taken.

It is thus promising that the Day of Education this year opened the Decade for Action: a new resolve to accelerate efforts to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), not least, SDG 4 on inclusive, quality education. The Decade of Action, which “calls on the world to mobilize everyone and everywhere. It demands urgency and ambition. It supercharges ideas to solutions.”

These words and commitments project who we want to be. But it is only our actions that will prove who we actually are.

For years, Rt. Hon. Gordon Brown, the UN Special Envoy for Global Education and the Chair of the Education Cannot Wait High-Level Steering Group led a call for action together with civil society, UN heads of agencies and their staff, the European Commission and their staff, development ministers and their teams, philanthropic funds, private sector, coalitions and other policy-makers to establish a new, positively disruptive global fund dedicated to education in emergencies and protracted crises.  After years of campaigning, Education Cannot Wait was established at the World Humanitarian Summit in 2016.

One year later, Education Cannot Wait was operationalized as a global fund, hosted by UNICEF, determined to reach 75 million children and youth left furthest behind in conflicts, natural disasters and forced displacement. It was mandated to mobilize political support and financial resources. It was expected to operate with urgency, speed and ambition. The premise for success assumed that all partners and stakeholders would be supercharged with inspiring ideas to achieve practical solutions.

Today, we dare to say that, together with you, Education Cannot Wait has moved from words to action. We, as an ECW community, are gradually becoming what we wanted to be. With resources surpassing over a half a billion US dollars, new strategic donor partners are joining ECW every year and investments continue to increase rapidly. With an uncompromising focus on inclusion and quality of learning outcomes. ECW’s First Emergency Responses and Multi-Year Resilience Programmes now span more than 30 crisis-affected countries around the world. It is indeed possible to translate a vision into reality and together we are doing so as we accelerate our efforts towards the Sustainable Development Goals.

As we enter the Decade of Action, we are pleased to share an in-depth interview with Rt. Hon. Gordon Brown, the United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education and Chair of Education Cannot Wait’s High-Level Steering Group. Supported by the ECW Executive Committee and the ECW Secretariat, the High-Level Steering Group is composed of the heads of UN agencies of UNICEF, UNHCR, UNESCO, OCHA and WFP, our strategic donors from the UK, Norway, USA, Canada, Denmark, Netherlands, European Union, Sweden, Germany, Ireland, Australia and Switzerland, ministerial representation from Lebanon and Tanzania, the Chair of GPE, CEO representation from the World Bank Group, Dubai Cares, Save the Children, Plan International, the  LEGO Foundation, the Dutch  Postcode Lotterie (Novamedia) and INEE.

As we commemorate the International Day of Education, we are also delighted to announce two other remarkable leaders of action as ECW’s Global Champions for Education in Emergencies: former European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Mr. Christos Stylianides, who played  an instrumental role in turning the tide on education in emergencies, including the  increase in EC humanitarian aid to 10 per cent for education in emergencies; and, the former Director-General of UNESCO, Ms. Irina Bokova who has tirelessly driven the agenda for education, higher education and the call for culture and peace in education. Both were among the founders of Education Cannot Wait and now, as ECW Global Champions, will continue their efforts together with the entire ECW community.

ECW is a disruptive global fund. It is supercharged to translate the words of SDG4 into results for children and youth in the most crisis-affected parts on the globe. Provided that the required financial resources of US$1.8 billion are committed to Education Cannot Wait’s Trust Fund and country-investments, those words will be a reality for some 8 million children and youth by 2021.

If not, words will serve as a stark reminder of who we wanted to be, but never became.

Yasmine Sherif
Director
Education Cannot Wait

RESULTS & UPDATES


 

NEWS

EDUCATION CANNOT WAIT INTERVIEW WITH RT. HON. GORDON BROWN, UN SPECIAL ENVOY FOR GLOBAL EDUCATION

As we enter the Decade of Action to achieve the SDGs, Education Cannot Wait’s Director, Yasmine Sherif, interviewed one of today’s most prominent and passionate advocates for the global movement to ensure education for all. In his role as UN Special Envoy for Global Education and as Chair of the ECW High-Level Steering Group, Rt. Hon. Gordon Brown has successfully galvanized financial and political support globally with the hope and opportunity of quality education for every child in this world.

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SHAPING THE WORLD THROUGH EDUCATION

In her remarks at the high-level meeting for the International Day of Education, UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed highlighted the power of education to shape the world. ‘We have a duty to the millions of children and adolescents for whom school remains an empty promise. We have a duty to the millions of women and men who cannot realize their full potential. We have a duty to step up our efforts, so that quality education for all is no longer a goal for tomorrow, but a reality.’
Learn more about the event | President of the General Assembly Tijjani Muhammad-Bande Remarks | Amina Mohammed Remarks
 

EDUCATION CANNOT WAIT APPOINTS TWO ‘GLOBAL CHAMPIONS FOR EDUCATION IN EMERGENCIES’ ON INTERNATIONAL DAY OF EDUCATION

Former UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova and former European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides join the global movement to ensure children and youth caught in crises have access to the safety, protection and hope of an education.
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ECW DIRECTOR BRIEFS THE PRESS AT UN HEADQUARTERS

The ECW Director, Yasmine Sherif, briefed the press at the UN noon briefing on 24 January highlighting the latest trends and figures on the pressing needs for children and youth caught in crises. 'Just think what will happen with this generation, and with all of us one day, if these 75 million children don’t access a proper, decent quality and continued education,' Sherif said. She stressed the worsening situations and growing needs for Venezuelan refugee children in host countries and for children affected by the crises in the Sahel and Yemen. She also announced the two new ECW Global Champions for Education in Emergencies, Irina Bokova and Christos Stylianides.
 

UN ALARM AT EDUCATION CRISIS - INTNL MEDIA

This story by the Associated Press sounds the alarm on the crisis in education, pointing to the '258 million children under the age of 17 who are not going to school' and the '800 million children who are leaving the education system without any qualifications worth their name.' The story, published on the International Day of Education, cites the UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed, the UN Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown, UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay, ECW's Director Yasmine Sherif and the UN General Assembly President. It was featured in international and national media across the globe, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Toronto Star, The Times of India, Daily Sabah, The New Nation and 570 News.

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EDUCATION CANNOT WAIT AND PARTNERS PUT EDUCATION FIRST AT GLOBAL REFUGEE FORUM

New pledges by Germany, European Commission/European Union, Norway and Theirworld bring January-December 2019 donor contributions to Education Cannot Wait to over a quarter of a billion US dollars – with over half a billion US dollars raised in just three years.
Learn More | View ECW’s Commitment at the Global Refugee Forum | ECW’s Joint Pledge to Increase Financing and Coordination
 

EDUCATION CANNOT WAIT ANNOUNCES A RECORD-HIGH US$64 MILLION INVESTMENT TO SUPPORT NEW MULTI-YEAR EDUCATION PROGRAMMES IN CHAD, ETHIOPIA, SOUTH SUDAN AND SYRIA

The seed funding will roll out interventions that are part of wider multi-year programmes facilitated by Education Cannot Wait to support quality inclusive education for marginalized and vulnerable girls and boys affected by the protracted crises in the four countries. Taken together, the multi-year programmes aim to mobilize over US$1 billion across the four countries over the next three years to provide crisis-affected children and youth with improved access to inclusive, equitable, safe and protective learning environments.

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SOCIAL

ECW CHAMPION TABICHI MEETS WITH POPE

Education Cannot Wait
#EducationCannotWait's 'Global Champion for Education in Emergencies', Peter Tabichi meets with @Pontifex to discuss importance of education for children. Peter is also Global Teacher Prize 2019 winner. More: https://bit.ly/35CeaNB @varkeyfdn @un @yasminesherif1 @vaticannews
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UNESCO DIRECTOR GENERAL ON CELEBRATING THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF EDUCATION

@UNESCO

"Education is the cornerstone of the #GlobalGoals. If we fail in #education, the entire structure of development will fall down" - @AAzoulay On #EducationDay, let's rethink what we learn & how we learn it to build the future we want! https://on.unesco.org/educationday2020 #FuturesOfEducation

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UNICEF EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR HIGHLIGHTS WISE INVESTMENTS IN EDUCATION AT WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM

Henrietta H. Fore
We are at a critical juncture. If we invest wisely and equitably in children’s education, we have the best possible chance of lifting children out of poverty by empowering them with the skills they need to access opportunities, and create new ones for themselves. #wef20
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WFP CHIEF AND UNICEF CHIEF ON VALUE OF SCHOOL MEALS FOR EDUCATION

David Beasley
With the inspiring @unicefchief today, working together to reach more children w/ school meals, so they'll be ready to learn. And that means a brighter future for them and their countries! #wef20. https://bit.ly/2sVnfnw
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UNHCR HIGH COMMISSIONER PUTS EDUCATION FIRST AT GLOBAL REFUGEE FORUM

Proud that the first event of the Global #RefugeeForum was a meeting with civil society. Non-governmental, faith-based, refugee-led and other organizations, together with academic institutions and sport networks are the backbone of global solidarity for refugees.
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RESPONDING TO A ‘LIVING HELL’

Justin Van Fleet
A few months ago I was in Kos. No words can describe the "living hell" conditions in this camp. I'm proud @theirworld & @PostcodeLoterij are forging a strong partnership w/
@EduCannotWait, @UNICEF, @Refugees & others to deliver education for these children. https://bit.ly/2uZWvCP
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AFGHANISTAN MINISTER OF EDUCATION LOOKS AT POST-CONFLICT SOLUTIONS AT EDUCATION WORLD FORUM

Mirwais Balkhi
While attending the Education World Forum 2020, I spoke about the current situation of the Education Sector in post-conflict countries, specifically Afghanistan. In my speech, I highlight the key indicators of a systematic education delivery in Afghanistan and other countries...
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ENSURING ACCESS TO EDUCATION FOR REFUGEES

World Bank Education
70.8 million people faced forced displacement due to conflict, violence, persecution or human rights violations at the end of 2018. This is a record number, over 60% increase since 2009. How to ensure every refugee child has access to quality #education?
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USAID AND ECW SHAPING THE DESTINY FOR GIRLS CAUGHT IN CONFLICT

USAID Education
Says @USAID partner Education Cannot Wait’s @YasmineSherif1-Education in crisis and conflict situations allows girls to get out, shape their destiny. https://www.educationcannotwait.org/
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UPCOMING EVENTS

MULTI-YEAR RESILIENCE PROGRAMME LAUNCH CHAD

Launch planned for 7 February
The Government of Chad, Education Cannot Wait and UNICEF will launch a new multi-year investment in Chad this February to support quality education for over 230,000 children and youth.
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MULTI-YEAR RESILIENCE PROGRAMME LAUNCH ETHIOPIA

Launch planned for 14 February
The Government of Ethiopia, Education Cannot Wait and partners will launch a multi-year resilience programme this February to support the delivery of quality inclusive education to close to 750,000 girls and boys displaced by the crises in Ethiopia.
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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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