The Fund works in over 40 crisis-impacted countries worldwide and has mobilized more than US$1.1 billion since its inception. By delivering with humanitarian speed and development depth, ECW and its partners are embracing a new way of working to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals, especially SDG4, which calls for ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all.
The world faces an unprecedented global education crisis. When ECW was founded, 75 million children caught in crises were in need of educational support. Today, that number has tripled to an unacceptable 222 million girls and boys due to armed conflicts, climate-induced disasters, COVID-19, economic uncertainty and other factors that are making matters worse.
ECW and its global strategic partners are calling on governments, donors, the private sector and high-net-worth individuals to urgently mobilize additional resources to realize #222MillionDreams✨📚 in lead up to the Fund’s High-Level Financing Conference, which will take place in Geneva in February 2023.
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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 education outcomes for refugee, internally displaced and other crisis-affected girls and boys, so no one is left behind. ECW works through the multilateral system to both increase the speed of responses in crises and connect immediate relief and longer-term interventions through multi-year programming. ECW works in close partnership with governments, public and private donors, UN agencies, civil society organizations, and other humanitarian and development aid actors to increase efficiencies and end siloed responses. ECW urgently appeals to public and private sector donors for expanded support to reach even more vulnerable children and youth. The Education Cannot Wait High-Level Financing Conference, co-hosted by ECW and Switzerland, and co-convened with Colombia, Germany, Niger, Norway and South Sudan, will take place February 16-17, 2023, in Geneva.