New funding brings Germany’s total ECW contributions to over €318.8 million
New Delhi: German Economic Cooperation and Development Minister Svenja Schulze on Monday announced 200 million euros ($228 million) in additional new funding for Education Cannot Wait (ECW), the United Nations global fund for education in emergencies and protracted crises.
This new funding brings Germany’s total contribution to ECW to more than €318.8 million. With this new multi-year announcement, Germany becomes ECW’s first donor and Germany becomes the first donor to commit to multi-year funding.
Multi-year financial commitments are crucial to increase the predictability and effectiveness of education responses in protracted crisis contexts.
Germany’s contribution also brings ECW’s trust fund to $1.1 billion; and, with more than $1 billion raised through ECW national programs, that makes ECW a $2 billion global fund in just a few years since its inception.
ECW’s top three donors are now Germany, the UK and Denmark.
ECW Director Yasmine Sherif joined Minister Schulze in Geneva to announce the new funding on International Day of Education, while stressing the urgent need to mobilize additional resources to support the millions of crisis-affected children and adolescents around the world who are today deprived of their inherent human right. education due to armed conflict, forced displacement, climate-induced disasters and protracted crises.
“We warmly thank the German people and the German government for this generous and innovative contribution. Education provides security, hope and opportunity for millions of children and adolescents around the world affected by conflict, COVID-19 and climate change,” said Sherif.
For her part, Schulze said, “Education is the key that enables millions of girls and boys to break the cycle of poverty and lead a dignified life. The Covid-19 pandemic threatens to wipe out the educational successes of the past decades.
“Schools are closed around the world and there is a danger that many students will not be there when they reopen. There are also millions of displaced children who cannot go to school. the poorest suffer the most, especially girls and children with disabilities.
“We have a shared responsibility not to lose this generation. That is why Germany is supporting the United Nations Global Fund for Education in Emergencies and Protracted Crises, Education Cannot Wait, with 200 million extra euros.
“ECW’s goal is to enable millions more children and adolescents in crisis regions of the world to have access to quality education and a safe learning environment. Schools must to be places of safety and hope. This is true everywhere, but especially where girls and boys are affected by emergencies, poverty and protracted crises.”
“These crucial contributions from the German government are essential to achieving our goals of providing every girl and boy affected by the crisis with the hope and opportunity that a quality education offers. We call on all governments and private sector partners to follow Germany’s lead and support Education Cannot Wait’s mission with $1 billion in urgent funding,” said Gordon Brown, UN Special Envoy for Global Education and Chair of the Education Group. high-level piloting of ECW.
To date, ECW investments have helped nearly five million children and adolescents, half of them girls, receive equitable and inclusive quality education.
ECW’s Multi-Year Resilience Programs (MYRPs) bridge the gap between humanitarian interventions and longer-term development assistance in countries affected by protracted crises.
These multi-year investments support holistic education services for the most vulnerable children and youth, including girls, marginalized communities, refugees, internally displaced children and children with disabilities.
In total, ECW supports MYRPs in 24 countries as well as Rapid Action Emergency First Response (FER) in 35 countries worldwide.
Since ECW’s launch in 2016, a total of 42 countries in emergencies and protracted crises have benefited from the fund’s investments.
Schools play a crucial role in ensuring the provision of essential life-saving and life-saving services to children and adolescents affected by the crisis.
These range from improving access to water, sanitation, health, food, protection and psychosocial services to supporting children’s learning, as well as the well -being and development in general.
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