UNHCR and Education Cannot Wait are pleased to announce the launch of the second phase of the Humanitarian Education Accelerator (HEA) programme.

Following the success of the first iteration of the HEA, the Education Cannot Wait (ECW) Acceleration Facility is funding UNHCR $2.2 million to identify and support a further cohort of humanitarian education innovations, in 5 countries: Chad, Ethiopia, Jordan, Lebanon and Uganda.

The Call for Applications is now open!

Read the Applicants’ Guide and FAQ document for detailed information on the HEA eligibility criteria and selection process.

Applications will close on 15 January 2021.

For any additional information about the programme or the call for applications, visit or contact .



Note to Editors

Read the press release of the launch here.

About the Humanitarian Education Accelerator (HEA): 
The HEA has been working since 2016, through an initial partnership with UNICEF and the UK Department for International Development, to support promising humanitarian education innovations on their journey from successful pilots to projects that can operate at scale – in order to reach more children and youth with quality education. 

Through capacity building in M&E and scaling, tailored mentorship and rigorous research on what does (and does not) work in humanitarian education, the HEA has built valuable evidence on the scaling process for education in crisis settings.

The HEA is managed by the UNHCR Global Education Section, which is based in Copenhagen, Denmark. Additional information about the lessons coming out of the HEA so far can be found here: HEA Learning Series

For press inquiries or additional information on HEA: Charlotte Jenner, HEA Communications & Reporting Officer:  

About Education Cannot Wait (ECW):
ECW is the first global fund dedicated to education in emergencies and protracted crisis. 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 educational outcomes. Education Cannot Wait is hosted by UNICEF. We re-emphazise our call to public and private sector donors to step up to mobilize US$400 million in funding in support of the establishment of a series of global multi-year resilience education programmes around the world.

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