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WE HAVE PROMISES TO KEEP

This year we marked the fourth anniversary of the Safe Schools Declaration. This was commemorated at the Third International Conference on Safe Schools in May. Now signed by 91 nations, the declaration serves as a stark reminder of our urgent need to renew political commitment to international law and universal values. Last year alone, over 1,000 schools were closed in Afghanistan due to the ongoing conflict. Globally more than 14,000 armed attacks on education took place across 34 conflict-affected countries over the last five years.

These are the figures of the 21st century – seven decades after the creation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Geneva Conventions. The conventions enshrine the right to – and protection of – education in conflicts and disasters. The commitments must now materialize. It is time to act for education in crisis. The Safe Schools Declaration is a reminder that such action means closing the gap between our promises and the reality on the ground.

We are in a race against time. Generation after generation of children and youth affected by conflict and crisis continue to be forced to withstand shocks and cope with unspeakable violations of international law. For girls and boys in conflicts and crises quality education can be a significant form of protection. Without it, 75 million children and youth risk losing this very last protection and coping mechanism, along with a loss of hope in our promises. We cannot afford to rest.

Impatient to close the gap, Education Cannot Wait has now joined forces with several partners to strengthen protection in and through education. A new partnership agreement was concluded with the Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) Collaborative to adequately address mental health and psycho-social services in all Education Cannot Wait investments. A similar partnership agreement was made with the Alliance for Child Protection & Humanitarian Action and the Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE), whose action-oriented approach, high standard-setting and widespread presence in crisis countries ensure that a global fund like ECW fully serves the local level.

It is thanks to ECW’s in-country partners in government, UN agencies, Non-Governmental Organizations and communities that ECW’s investments have to date reached more than 1.4 million children and adolescents. And it is thanks to our strategic donor partners that ECW can ensure quality and speed in its mission.

Last month, Education Cannot Wait, in close cooperation with DFID, Dubai Cares, Global Citizens with the Will & Jada Smith Family Foundation and the Education Cluster, were among the first responders to Cyclone Idai in Southern Africa. Shortly thereafter, Education Cannot Wait’s Executive Committee approved the launch of a US$7 million allocation for the Venezuela regional crisis to support 84,500 children and youth in Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru.

Indeed, to bridge the gap between our promises and the cruel reality out there, we need not just impatience, but also the political commitment and the financial means. To reach the target of 9 million children and youth by 2021, Education Cannot Wait needs $1.8 billion.

Encouraged by Education Cannot Wait’s generous strategic donor partners in government, foundations and private sector, a determined civil society and the collective efforts across the multilateral humanitarian and development aid system, Education Cannot Wait is launching a global campaign to mobilize the funds required to meet our targets: Act 4 Education in Crisis. The time to act is now.

To paraphrase Robert Frost: “We have promises to keep and miles to go before we sleep.”

Yasmine Sherif
Director
Education Cannot Wait

RESULTS & UPDATES

NEWS

EDUCATION CANNOT WAIT ALLOCATES US$7 MILLION TO SUPPORT EDUCATIONAL RESPONSES IN COUNTRIES AFFECTED BY THE VENEZUELA CRISIS

In a coordinated response to the Venezuela regional crisis, Education Cannot Wait announced a US$7 million allocation to support first emergency response grants in Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. The grants will focus primarily on out-of-school children and adolescents from Venezuela and host-communities to get them back in protective, quality learning environments. In all, some 84,500 children and youth, including 42,600 girls, will benefit from the fast-acting investment.
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EDUCATION CANNOT WAIT AND MHPSS COLLABORATIVE PARTNER TO DELIVER MENTAL HEALTH AND PSYCHOSOCIAL SUPPORT

Education Cannot Wait partners with MHPSS Collaborative and jointly scale up focus on mental health and psychosocial well-being of children affected by conflict delivered through education.
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DELIVERING EDUCATION IN CRISIS

In her special contribution to the Commonwealth Education Report 2019, Education Cannot Wait Director Yasmine Sherif underscores that ‘genuine survival depends not only on meeting basic physical needs, but also on quality education towards a productive future.’
Yasmine Sherif’s Contribution | Commonwealth Education Report 2019
 

CHARTING NEW TERRITORY

Education Cannot Wait’s policy brief on foundation engagement outlines new opportunities to fund education in emergencies.
Blog | Full Policy Brief

 

EDUCATION CANNOT WAIT, INEE AND THE ALLIANCE FOR CHILD PROTECTION IN HUMANITARIAN ACTION SIGN NEW PARTNERSHIP

Education Cannot Wait’s joins forces with the Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) and the Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action to ensure that protection is at the forefront of ECW’s investments. In a tri-partite agreement, the three organizations commits to jointly advocate for stronger inclusion of child protection in education responses in emergencies and protracted crises.
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IMPACT

NO MORE LIMITS

Taboos on menstrual hygiene are keeping girls out of school – especially in crisis and emergency situations. Our special guest contribution from Save the Children lays out the work being done in the Education Cannot Wait-supported Multi-Year Educational Response and other related initiatives in Uganda to ensure dignity, access and empowerment.
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UNITED IN HOPE

Dogodjima is a refugee. Sawa is a local resident. The two are best friends dreaming of an education in Chad. With funding from Education Cannot Wait, UNICEF, the Ministry of Education, ACRA, Jesuit Refugee Service and RET International are building classrooms, mobilizing community support and supporting quality educational outcomes for both refugees and host-communities.
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BUILDING PEACE THROUGH EDUCATION IN SOUTH SUDAN

There are more than 2.2 million school-aged children in South Sudan whose education has been disrupted due to the continuous conflict. Education will play a key role in building peace and stability.
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THE WILL TO LEARN

In Syria, a boy with a congenital heart disease gets a new lease on life. Through the Whole of Syria approach, Education Cannot Wait and UNICEF have partnered with six international NGOs and 11 Syrian NGOs across the country to build classrooms, empower and train teachers, and keep children in safe, protective learning environments. In all, some 85,000 children have been enrolled and supported in education services to date.
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OUR PARTNERS

NO LOST GENERATION

Education Cannot Wait champions the work of the No Lost Generation. Working across three pillars – Education, Child Protection and Livelihoods – NLG connects the dots between partners and sectors for a more comprehensive approach to supporting children and youth affected by the conflict in Syria.
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GEM REPORT

The ‪@GEMReport highlights Uganda’s Education Response Plan for Refugees and Host-Communities as a blueprint for best practice. Working with the Government, UN agencies and Civil Society, Education Cannot Wait brought together humanitarian and development partners and they are now now committed to fund Uganda’s Education Response Plan for Refugee and Host Communities #EducationOnTheMove Bit.ly/2019gemreport


 

SAFE SCHOOLS DECLARATION


At the Third International Safe School Conference, held in Palma de Mallorca, Her Majesty Queen Letizia of Spain supports the Safe Schools’ Declaration, stating that safe access to education is everyone's responsibility. #EducationCannotWait and GCPEA are honored to meet the Queen #PalmaConference @EduCannotWait
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EDUCATION CANNOT WAIT CHAMPION PETER TABICHI


Our Head of Department @AliciaH_1 was honoured to meet the inspiring @petertabichi last night - Global Teacher Prize winner & new @EduCannotWait Champion. Look forward to working together to advocate for children in conflict and crises @YasmineSherif1 @vikaspota @VarkeyFdn
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RESPONDING TO KENNETH


#EducationCannotWait is on the ground to see the damages of #CycloneKenneth and discuss additional support with partners.
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MHPSS PARTNERSHIP


”Partnership Signed! #EducationCannotWait & Collaborative on #MHPSS join forces to make #MentalHealth a top priority for effective delivery of #EducationInEmergencies.” We call on partners to join the Netherlands & #InvestInHumanity
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EU COMMISSION DEVOTES 10% ON HUMANITARIAN BUDGET TO EDUCATION IN EMERGENCIES


Thank you @EU_Commission for your leadership in devoting 10% of your 2019 annual #humanitarian budget to education in emergencies! This is a shining example for all to follow! #School4All #EducationCannotWait for #children in #crisis
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FEATURED PUBLICATIONS

UPCOMING EVENTS

EDUCATION CANNOT WAIT EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

17 June, Berlin
Education Cannot Wait’s Executive Committee meets in Berlin to discuss the Fund’s replenishment and next steps as we move into the second half of the year.


INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE ELIMINATION OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE IN CONFLICT

19 June
On the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict we stand together with global leaders and the international community to put an end to conflict-related sexual violence. It’s a day to honor the victims and survivors of sexual violence and to pay tribute to those frontlines heroes that devote their lives to keeping our children safe.
Learn More | Twitter #SSI2019


WORLD CONFERENCE OF MINISTERS RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUTH 2019 AND YOUTH FORUM

22-23 June, Lisbon
The 2019 World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth and Youth Forum calls on states to scale up efforts and effectively mainstream youth in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.
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World Refugee Day

20 June

We live in a world where violence forces thousands of families to flee for their lives each day, disrupting the education of millions of children worldwide. On World Refugee Day, we stand #WithRefugees to put education first.

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G20 Japan 2019

28-29 June
Along with this year’s G20 Meeting in Japan, we are calling on world leaders @G20Org to #Act4Ed in crisis and support  #EducationCannotWait in mobilizing US$1.8 billion by 2021 to reach close to 9 million children living in crisis and emergencies. 
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OUR DONORS AND PARTNERS

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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