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Germany announces new additional €10m funding to support education Unable to wait for Ukraine's education response, total donations reach €330m - Ukraine

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“It is our shared 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 impacted access to education for some 7 million children. In response, the German government today announced that it will provide Education Cannot Wait with her additional €10 million at the Global Citizen Festival.

Germany is the largest contributor to Education Cannot Wait, the United Nations global fund for education in emergencies and protracted crises, with a total of around €330 million to date.

“The international community urgently needs to increase investment in education. Citizens of the world, raise your voices for more support on Education Cannot Wait to ensure that every young person in the world has access to a quality education.” Thank you for your support, we can end extreme poverty now,” said Svenja Schulze. , German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development.

“Thank you, Germany! With your inspiring leadership and strong support, education cannot wait. It is the most important investment we can make today to deliver on our commitment to providing quality education to at-risk children and young people and ensuring that no one is left behind, through global and local partnerships. increase.”

The new donation is related to Education Cannot Wait’s First Emergency Response grant in Ukraine. The current investment, managed by Save the Children and UNICEF, will protect the welfare of conflict-affected Ukrainian girls and boys while ensuring their continued access to education and psychosocial support. is focused on.

Schools across Ukraine have been the target of repeated attacks throughout the seven-month civil war. According to recent government reports, 2,300 educational institutions were attacked and over 280 were destroyed. Millions of refugees flee to neighboring countries, straining resources, tearing families apart, and denying children and young people their true human right to 12 years of quality education.

The world faces a worsening global education crisis due to the war in Ukraine, mass displacement in Africa, Latin America, the Middle East and Asia, the compounding effects of the climate crisis and uncertainty in the global economy. increase.

ECW’s shocking new analysis shows that 222 million girls and boys affected by the crisis are in need of urgent educational assistance, up from an earlier estimate of 75 million in 2016. I’m here.

In response to the global education crisis, ECW presented its investment case and strategic plan for 2023-2026 at this year’s UN General Assembly. The Fund brings together donors and strategic partners to deliver on the commitments outlined in the Sustainable Development Goals (especially SDG4 – Education for All), the Safe Schools Declaration, and other international agreements and mobilize US$1.5 billion to reach at least 20 million people in crisis. – Influenced children and young people over the next four years through the #222MillionDreams✨📚 campaign.

The Education Cannot Wait high-level financing conference will take place in Geneva in February 2023. Sponsored by Switzerland and Education Cannot Wait, and co-organized by Germany, Niger, Norway and South Sudan, through the 222 Million Dreams ✨📚 campaign, reach out to conference government donors, the private sector, foundations and high net worth individuals. , call on you to turn your commitments into action by making a substantive contribution to ECW.

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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 girls and boys affected by refugees, internally displaced persons and other crises, ensuring that no one is left behind. Through its multilateral system, ECW will speed response to crises, linking immediate relief with long-term intervention through multi-year programs. ECW works closely with governments, public and private donors, United Nations agencies, civil society organizations, and other humanitarian and development actors to increase efficiency and end siled responses. increase. ECW urgently appeals to public and private sector donors to scale up their support to reach more vulnerable children and young people. The Education Cannot Wait High-Level Financing Conference, co-organized by ECW and Switzerland and co-organized by Germany, Niger, Norway and South Sudan, will take place on 16-17 February 2023 in Geneva.

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