With further contributions from Germany, United States of America, European Union / European Commission, LEGO Foundation, France, Switzerland and Porticus, ECW and its partners are building a movement to reach millions of crisis-affected children and youth around the world with the security, hope and opportunity of a quality education.
– – On the sidelines of this year’s United Nations General Assembly, public, private and philanthropic donors announced a total of US $ 138.1 million in new contributions to Education Cannot Wait (ECW).
New contributions come from: Germany (50 million euros; approximately 58.6 million US dollars); United States of America (US $ 37 million); European Union / European Commission (€ 25 million; approximately US $ 29.3 million); The LEGO Foundation (35 million Danish crowns; approximately 5.6 million US dollars); France (€ 4 million; approximately US $ 4.7 million); Switzerland (CHF 2 million; approximately US $ 2.2 million); and Porticus (€ 500,000, approximately US $ 588,000).
This new round of financial contributions will accelerate the impact of ECW’s investments in education in emergencies, which have already reached more than 4.6 million children and adolescents affected by the crisis. ECW’s COVID-19 response was also delivered at record speed in 32 countries, reaching 29.2 million additional vulnerable girls and boys. Since its inception in 2016, ECW has mobilized US $ 828.3 million through the ECW Trust Fund and has helped mobilize US $ 1 billion of programs aligned with multi-year resilience programs with partners. of ECW in 10 countries.
“We are all seeing dramatic crises around the world. Children and young people suffer the most from hunger, violence and lack of education. Every child has the right to education. Thus, I am proud to announce that Germany will devote 50 million euros to Education Cannot Wait, ”said Gerd Müller, German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development.
“We must act now, because we know that in times of crisis, education can provide stability, protection and prospects for the future. For 2022, we will make available a total of 50 million euros for ECW’s multi-year resilience programs, as education is essential to achieve all dimensions of sustainable development ”, said Dr Maria Flachsbarth, secretary Parliamentary State to the Federal Minister of the Economy. German cooperation and development.
“The United States has proudly supported Education Cannot Wait since its inception in 2016. And we are proud to strengthen our support today. Education Cannot Wait is an educational lifeline in dozens of crisis-affected countries around the world. We look forward to continued cooperation to increase access to education, improve learning outcomes and reach the most marginalized students – especially girls, refugees, internally displaced communities. , gender and sexual minorities and children with disabilities. We know that when access to education is equal, the results are clear: increased economic growth, better health outcomes, stronger democracies, more peaceful and resilient societies, and better children. healthier and more prosperous, ”USAID Administrator Samantha Power said.
“We want all children to be born with the same opportunities. Too often the fate and lives of our children are determined by the lottery from birth. This is why I am pleased to announce that Europe will donate 25 million euros to the global Education Cannot Wait fund. An investment in education is an investment in a better world, ”said European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.
“We need to come together to get the SDGs back on track. As we continue to see, we can never take access to education for granted. To date, Team Europe has contributed over 40% of the funding for Education Cannot Wait, and the new EU contribution of € 25 million will further support it to reach the most vulnerable children and bring them back to life. ‘education,’ said the European Union Commissioner for International Partnerships, Jutta Urplilainen.
“As world leaders come together for the United Nations General Assembly and chart a course to address the interconnected crises of conflict, COVID-19, climate change and forced displacement, these crucial contributions will empower children and adolescents the most vulnerable in the world to have the chance to learn, grow and prosper. We call on all governments and private sector partners to follow suit and support Education Cannot Wait’s mission: to leave no child or youth behind in conflict or as refugees, but to ensure that they can exercise. their right to quality education. It is a real investment in peace and prosperity, ”said The Rt. Hon. Gordon Brown, United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education and Chair of the ECW High Level Steering Group.
“This new round of funding is a bold and important step in reaching the world’s most marginalized children and adolescents with the power of inclusive quality education,” said Yasmine Sherif, Director of Cannot Wait Education. “This shows the commitment of our strategic donors to step up their generous support and we are deeply grateful for the trust placed in the proven ECW model. Thank you for this important funding from all our partners, who came forward during the UNGA Week, allowing us to provide more support, faster and in a more sustainable way, to children and young people affected by the crisis. .
Falling behind in achieving SDG4
Despite these significant contributions, large funding gaps for education in emergencies persist. ECW’s analysis of humanitarian appeals indicates that funding needs for education have increased from US $ 1 billion in 2019 to US $ 1.4 billion in 2020.
World leaders are sounding the alarm as new reports show the world is falling behind in meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (including SDG4 for inclusive and equitable quality education), by 2030.
According to the United Nations, COVID-19 has wiped out 20 years of educational gains, with 101 million more children in Grades 1-8 falling behind in minimum reading proficiency levels. Globally, only 85% of children completed primary school in 2019, up from 82% in 2010, while only about half of students will graduate from high school.
An estimated 1.5 billion students have been affected by school closures linked to COVID-19, and a recent study by the Malala Foundation estimates that an additional 20 million girls would lose their access to education due to the COVID-19 crisis.
Girls and boys already affected by conflict, climate change and displacement are pushed even further. When these girls and boys are kicked out of school, they face increased risks of gender-based violence, forced recruitment and other serious violations.