“It is our common responsibility to ensure that all children and young people have access to quality education.” – Svenja Schulze, Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany
Russia’s war in Ukraine has severely affected access to education for approximately 7 million children. In response to this, the German government today announced €10 million in additional new funding for Education Cannot Wait at the Global Citizen Festival.
Germany is the largest donor to Education Cannot Wait, the United Nations global fund for education in emergencies and protracted crises, with nearly €330 million in total funding to date.
“The international community must urgently increase its investment in education. Citizens of the world, please raise your voice to demand more support from Education Cannot Wait, so that all young people everywhere have access to quality education: this will allow us to end extreme poverty – now said Svenja Schulze, Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany.
“Thank you, Germany! Your inspiring leadership and strong support has taken Education Cannot Wait to the next level. Education is the most crucial investment to make today, to build a more equal, prosperous and peaceful future for all! Through global and local partnerships, we can deliver on our promise of quality education for children and young people affected by the crisis, ensuring that no one is left behind,” said Yasmine Sherif, Director of Education Cannot Wait.
The new contribution is tied to Education Cannot Wait’s emergency first response grants in Ukraine. Current investments are managed by Save the Children and UNICEF and focus on protecting the wellbeing of conflict-affected Ukrainian girls and boys, while ensuring continued access to education and psychosocial support.
Schools across Ukraine have been the target of repeated attacks throughout the seven-month war. Recent government reports indicate that as many as 2,300 educational institutions have been affected and over 280 have been destroyed. Millions of refugees have fled to neighboring countries, stretching resources, tearing families apart and depriving children and adolescents of their inherent human right to 12 years of quality education.
With the war in Ukraine, mass displacement in Africa, Latin America, the Middle East and Asia, the cumulative effects of the climate crisis and global economic uncertainty, the world is facing a deepening global crisis of education.
A shocking new analysis from ECW indicates that 222 million girls and boys affected by the crisis need urgent educational support – up from previous estimates of 75 million in 2016.
In response to the global education crisis, ECW launched its investment case and strategic plan 2023-2026 at this year’s United Nations General Assembly. To deliver on the promises set out in the Sustainable Development Goals (particularly SDG4 – Education for All), the Safe Schools Declaration and other international agreements, the Fund mobilizes donors and strategic partners to mobilize 1 $.5 billion in funding to reach at least 20 million people in crisis. -reached children and teens over the next four years through its #222MillionDreams✨📚 campaign.
The Education Cannot Wait High Level Funding Conference will take place in Geneva in February 2023. Hosted by Switzerland and Education Cannot Wait – and co-hosted by Germany, Niger, Norway and South Sudan – As part of the 222 Million Dreams✨📚 campaign, the conference calls on government donors, the private sector, foundations and high net worth individuals to turn their commitments into action by making substantial financial contributions to ECW.
Note to Editors
About Education Cannot Wait (ECW): Education Cannot Wait (ECW) is the United Nations global fund for education in emergencies and protracted crises. We support quality educational outcomes for refugee, internally displaced and other crisis-affected girls and boys, so that no one is left behind. ECW works across the multilateral system to both accelerate responses to crises and link immediate relief and longer-term interventions through multi-year programming. ECW works closely with governments, public and private donors, UN agencies, civil society organizations and other humanitarian and development aid actors to increase efficiency and end siled responses. . ECW is making an urgent appeal to public and private sector donors for increased support to reach even more vulnerable children and young people. The High-Level Financing Education Can’t Wait Conference, co-hosted by ECW and Switzerland, and co-hosted with Germany, Niger, Norway and South Sudan, will take place on February 16 and 17, 2023 in Geneva.
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