Statement from Education Cannot Wait Director Yasmine Sherif for the Transforming Education Summit
Leaders from around the world are uniting at the United Nations Secretary-General’s Transforming Education Summit to address a global education crisis that threatens to derail decades of development progress and deprive millions of girls around the world of their fundamental right to access quality education.
As we mobilize financial resources, listen to the world’s young people, identify needs and solutions, and work collectively to raise education to the top of the global political agenda, we must not forget the 222 million children and adolescents affected by the crisis in the world. They are the most left behind and they urgently need our support. Education Cannot Wait’s groundbreaking analysis highlights that around 78 million of these crisis-affected children are out of school and almost 120 million are in school but not learning. These shocking numbers cannot be allowed to represent the 21st century.
Caught in protracted conflicts and crises, displaced by climate change and struggling to survive in some of the harshest and most inhumane conditions on the planet, these girls and boys need our urgent and unwavering support.
We must unite in action to deliver on the commitments that will be made at this founding summit to ensure that girls and boys in places like Bangladesh, Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Pakistan, South Sudan , Syria, the Sahel, Ukraine, Yemen and beyond are guaranteed their fundamental right to quality education for 12 years.
It is our commitment to ensure and improve inclusive education and equitable learning outcomes, to protect and enhance external funding, to work together in the spirit of multilateral and organizational cooperation to build resilient education systems to crises, and to scale up and mainstream high-impact programs and evidence-based interventions into results and lasting impact.
Education Cannot Wait, as the United Nations Global Fund for Education in Emergencies and Protracted Crises, champions these transformational approaches designed to be responsive in the midst of brutal crises by delivering humanitarian and a depth of development to ensure that no child or adolescent is left behind.
We urge world leaders to keep our promises as set out in the Sustainable Development Goals, the Charlevoix Declaration, the Safe Schools Declaration and other international agreements, and support us in achieving 222 million dreams✨📚 for an education and 222 million dreams✨📚 to use that education to make the world a better place than the one they suffer in today.
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About Education Can’t 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.