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THE WILL TO ACT

Sonia Rodriguez Ines is only 6 years old. Until a few weeks ago, she lived a happy life like any child should do. When Cyclone Idai made landfall this March, Sonia’s life was turned upside down. Her school in Mozambique was severely damaged by the storm, which many say is the worst to hit southern Africa in the past 20 years. Instead of playing, learning and growing, Sonia’s education was disrupted, her community thrown into disarray and her life lay in tatters.

Hers is a fate shared by 1.5 million children in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, according to recent UN estimates. 1.5 million children who are today in need of immediate assistance - education a life-saving one. In Mozambique alone, 3,500 classrooms were either destroyed or damaged, disrupting the education of more than 335,000 girls and boys.

Driven by a collective will to action, The Education Cannot Wait community and its donor partners moved swiftly and allocated a total US$14 million for a First Emergency Responses to encourage Sonia and children like her in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe not to lose hope. Working with national partners, UN agencies, civil society and Education Clusters at the country level, ECW’s speedy response was made possible with the generous support of its strategic donor partners. Thanks to its pooled funding arrangement, designed to act with speed to deliver quality education, the response wasted no time. Additionally, DFID, Dubai Cares, Global Citizen and the Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation announced supplemental support for Education Cannot Wait’s  allocation, which further secured quality and depth of the response.

Globally there are 75 million children like Sonia whose education is at risk and whose hope is shattered because of conflict, disaster and crisis. To reach them and provide them with the protection and the opportunity of a quality education, action depends on the availability of  financial resources. In this spirit, we are calling on world leaders, civil society organizations, the private sector and philanthropic organizations to help mobilize US$1.8 billion in funding for education in crisis settings by 2021.

In our new Call for Action: A Case for Investment in Quality Education In Crisis, launched at our High Level Steering Group meeting in April, Education Cannot Wait and our partners renewed our shared commitment to deliver the resources required to take action: to restore hope to every child in crisis through the rapid delivery of quality education.

As a global fund specifically designed to deliver collaborative joint-up approaches to education in crisis, Education Cannot Wait depends on financial resources to take adequate collective action. In addition to our partnerships with national governments, civil society organizations, UN agencies, and a growing list of donors and champions, the private sector is stepping up too. 
 
In Uganda, refugees and host-communities are now able to benefit from educational technology through a new partnership with the tech giant HP. Civil society organizations in the United Kingdom, United States, Canada and France drive the global policy dialogue towards action. Peter Tabichi, who was awarded the world’s best teachers prize in 2019 by the Varkey Foundation has been appointed Champion for Children in Crisis and Conflict, all while Will Smith and Rachel Brosnahan tirelessly rally resources for action.
 
The desire to bring hope and deliver on our promises is multiplying.

Spurred by this collective commitment, Education Cannot Wait will convene member states, donors, private sector companies and foundations, UN agencies and civil society around a shared Call for Action at this year’s opening of the United Nations General Assembly in September. A high-level event on Education in Emergencies and Protracted Crisis will present some of the Fund’s achievements and provide a platform to announce new pledges. 
 
We all stand ready to act. 

Yasmine Sherif
Director
Education Cannot Wait

RESULTS & UPDATES

 
Education Cannot Wait has met and exceeded its funding targets since its inception with US$343.5 million in total funds mobilized in just two years of operation. As we accelerate our Call for Action, we are looking to mobilize a total of US$1.8 billion, including US$673 million for the Global Trust Fund and US$1.2 billion in co-finance to support multi-year resilience programmes in our 25 priority countries.
Case for Investment | Funding update

A CALL FOR ACTION



“If we are to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all by 2030, the pace of progress of engagement and investment in education in crises will have to ramp up. This is why the Education Cannot Wait initiative is so important. It addresses a critical gap for an estimated 75 million children and youth, whose education is disrupted due to armed conflict and natural disasters.” - UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Mark Lowcock
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NEWS

EDUCATION CANNOT WAIT APPROVES US$7 MILLION TO RESTORE EDUCATION FOR CHILDREN IN MALAWI, MOZAMBIQUE AND ZIMBABWE

Just five weeks after Cyclone Idai hit the coast of Southern Africa, Education Cannot Wait approved US$5 million for immediate relief in Mozambique, US$1 million for Malawi and US$1 million for Zimbabwe to get children back in school as part of a US$14 million emergency response for countries impacted by the cyclone.
Mozambique | Malawi | Zimbabwe | Cyclone Idai First Emergency Response
 

UNLOCK EDUCATION FOR EVERYONE: HOW THE UK CAN ENSURE CHILDREN AFFECTED BY CRISES GET AN EDUCATION

Through its Send My Friend to School Campaign, UK Civil Society is calling for a renewed commitment from its government to provide Education Cannot Wait with  £75 million in additional funding over the next three years. “We believe this increase is necessary and justified. It will help meet the considerable learning needs of the most marginalised children in the world and it therefore meets objectives in Get Children Learning.”
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FRENCH CIVIL SOCIETY UNDERSCORES VALUE OF EDUCATION IN EMERGENCIES

In a new report, the French Education Coalition highlights the value of education in emergencies and protracted crises with a specific focus on the Sahel countries. The report explores challenges to meet and features solutions that have proven effective. It also stresses the role of civil society organizations in delivering this response along with multilateral funding mechanisms, including Education Cannot Wait.
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EDUCATION CANNOT WAIT APPOINTS VARKEY FOUNDATION 2019 GLOBAL TEACHER PRIZE WINNER AS ‘CHAMPION FOR CHILDREN IN CONFLICTS AND CRISES’

“Education Cannot Wait is doing vital work to make sure these children are not left behind. It will be my great honour to help them ensure children whose lives have been blighted by war and catastrophe are given their birth right: a decent education.” – Peter Tabichi, Education Cannot Wait Champion for Children in Conflicts and Crises
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EDUCATION CANNOT WAIT REACHES 1.3 MILLION CHILDREN IN FIRST TWO YEARS OF OPERATIONS

The High-Level Steering Group of Education Cannot Wait met on the margins of the World Bank-IMF Spring Meetings on 11 April in Washington, D.C. Ministerial and senior education stakeholders from government and donors, civil society, the private and philanthropic sector, and heads of UN Agencies convened to take stock of Education Cannot Wait’s progress after two years of operations.
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EDUCATION CANNOT WAIT ANNOUNCES US$11.7 MILLION CATALYTIC GRANT FOR MULTI-YEAR EDUCATIONAL RESPONSE FOR CHILDREN IN THE WEST BANK AND GAZA

320,000 children to benefit from new programme designed with a broad range of partners. The programme will target some of the most vulnerable and at-risk children and youth in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, with special attention given to marginalized groups such as girls, children with disabilities, and vulnerable communities.
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HP AND EDUCATION CANNOT WAIT BRING EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY TO REFUGEE LEARNERS IN UGANDA

HP believes education is a human right, and technology can be the great equalizer. The global tech giant is partnering with Education Cannot Wait, UNHCR and Learning Equality to bring tech-enabled learning to students in Uganda, including refugee learners.
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WILL AND JADA SMITH FAMILY FOUNDATION & GLOBAL CITIZEN ANNOUNCE FUNDING FOR EDUCATION CANNOT WAIT CAUSE

“Someone who understands the importance of education is Will Smith, a true champion for children’s rights, who bravely bungee-jumped over the Grand Canyon in September to help countries like mine provide education in emergencies.” -  Deng Deng Hoc Yai, Minister of Education for South Sudan
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SECURING A BETTER WORLD – WORLD HUMANITARIAN FORUM

“We secure a better world by investing in the 75M #children & #youth left furthest behind in conflicts & displacement; by closing the funding gap & #EducationCannotWait target of $1.8 billion by 2021 to reach 9M of these children & youth.” ~ @YasmineSherif1 at @WHForumLondon
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THEIRWORLD

INSPIRING discussion w/@theirworld Global Youth Ambassador Javita @JNauth01! 2gether we call for immediate action to restore the future of 75M children & youth deprived of their right to #education b/c of conflict & crisis =>#InvestInHumanity #FundEducation RT if u agree
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EDUCATION ON THE MOVE

“The 2019 GEM Report lays bare what is at stake if we fail to mobilize humanitarian funding for education in emergencies and protracted crisis. It provides an insightful analysis in support of advocacy, policy and aid reform efforts towards more equitable investment in education in conflicts and disasters. The funding challenge is a chief obstacle to achieving the right to education in crises. The 2019 GEM report reminds us that education must be given priority, as it is the foundation for effective humanitarian assistance and its linkage to sustainable development investments.” – Yasmine Sherif, Director, Education Cannot Wait
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JOINT MISSION TO ETHIOPIA

#EducationCannotWait joint mission with @UNICEF @save_children @WFP @PlanUK 2 educational facilities at Qolaji IDP camp, Ethiopia to meet with children, teachers & the regional education bureau authorities, all committed to advance quality & inclusive education in emergencies.
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GLOBAL CITIZEN

We helped campaign for @EduCannotWait to be created so children living in emergencies can get back to school as soon as possible. Now with @sendmyfriend @SavetheChildren @Bondngo @glblCtzn @warchild @PlanUK we're ensuring this momentum can be built on.
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UNESCO PRIZE FOR GIRLS’ AND WOMEN’S EDUCATION

The UNESCO Prize for Girls’ and Women’s Education honours outstanding and innovative contributions made by individuals, institutions and organizations to advance girls’ and women’s education. It is the first UNESCO Prize of this nature and is unique in showcasing successful projects that improve and promote the educational prospects of girls and women and in turn, the quality of their lives.
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FEATURED PUBLICATIONS

In our efforts to provide increased transparency to a wide range of partners Education Cannot Wait is launching some of its key publications and documentation in French and Arabic.

UPCOMING EVENTS

2019 EDUCAID.BE CONFERENCE: EDUCATION AND DISPLACEMENT

16 May, Belgium
ECW Director Yasmine Sherif will address leaders from across civil society and international organizations in this event from Belgium’s 11.11.11 initiative to address innovative approaches to provide quality education for refugees and displaced people across the Global South.
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STOP THE WAR ON CHILDREN SYMPOSIUM

16 May, The Hague
Speaking at The Hague, the ECW Director will speak to the importance of prioritizing mental health as indispensable to quality education for children living in war zones, disaster areas, emergencies and crisis, joining luminary speakers such as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet in this high-level symposium from Save the Children.
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THIRD INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON SAFE SCHOOLS

28 May, Spain
As part of Education Cannot Wait’s uncompromising commitment to protection and respect for international law in conflict-affected countries, the ECW Director addresses international actors at this global conference in Spain to support the Safe Schools Declaration; which seeks to ensure a global commitment to protect students, teachers and educational institutions during armed conflicts.
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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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