A major gift means Education Cannot Wait becomes a billion dollar fund to help children in humanitarian crises access learning.
Education can’t wait say thank you a billion
Many more children affected by humanitarian crises will have access to learning after a major gift boosted funding for Education Cannot Wait to more than $1 billion.
Germany is now the biggest donor to the global fund for education in emergencies, after donating 200 million euros ($226 million) to bring its total donations to 362 million. dollars.
After a campaign led by Theirworld, Education can’t wait (ECW) was launched in 2016 to help children caught up in conflict, displacement, climate emergencies and other crises. It has now raised $1.1 billion and supported nearly five million children and adolescents in 42 countries with inclusive, quality education.
With more than an additional $1 billion raised through its national programs, ECW has grown to a $2 billion fund in just over five years.
German Federal Minister Svenja Schulze said: “Education is the key that enables millions of girls and boys to break the cycle of poverty and lead a dignified life. We have a shared responsibility not to lose this generation.”
ECW Director Yasmine Sherif said, “We warmly thank the German people and the German government for this generous and innovative contribution. Education offers safety, hope and opportunity to millions of children and adolescents around the world affected by conflict, Covid-19 and climate change.
The largest donors to ECW after Germany are the United Kingdom and Denmark.
Back-to-school campaign in Iraq
About 50,000 Iraqi children and teenagers who have dropped out of school or never been there are the targets of a back to learning campaign.
UNICEF has trained 330 teachers, social workers and education personnel in several regions to support children’s return to school through community mapping, focus group discussions and home visits.
Thousands of people have dropped out of school during the pandemic. But more than 14,000 children have already enrolled or returned to formal or informal education through the new program, which is coordinated with the education ministries of Iraq and Kurdistan.
One – Dunya, 13, from Erbil – said: “I dropped out of school because of health problems. Now, thanks to the campaign, I’m back in school. It’s good.”
School closures still impact 600m
More than 616 million students remain affected by full or partial school closures caused by the pandemic, according to new data from UNICEF.
In low- and middle-income countries, learning losses have left up to 70% of 10-year-olds unable to read or understand simple text, up from 53% before the pandemic.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh has closed all schools for two weeks to counter an “alarming” rise in Covid-19 infections, just four months after an 18-month classroom shutdown ended.
Health Minister Zahid Maleque said: “We had reopened schools but have recently noticed an increase in virus cases in schools and colleges. These students are going to hospitals for medical attention. This is truly alarming.”
The United Nations has said 37 million Bangladeshi children have seen their education interrupted by one of the longest pandemic school closures in the world.
Teachers and parents rally to reopen Tongan schools
The volcano and tsunami that hit Tonga affected all schools, Save the Children has revealed. Some of the Pacific island nation’s 150 schools have been completely destroyed, while many others are badly damaged.
Parents and teachers are working hard to clean away inches of volcanic dust in order to reopen as many schools next week when the new term is due to start. But many classrooms were damaged beyond repair, along with textbooks and furniture.
Maa’imoa Mafile’o, Tonga country manager for Save the Children, said: “We expect to see more children in the same classroom, sharing the same materials. Families forced to relocate will find it difficult to return to school, even to have school supplies and uniforms.
Save the Children is shipping classroom kits, blackboards, school bags and school leisure kits, as well as large tents for temporary classrooms.
UN chief says world must prioritize education
The United Nations Secretary-General has called on the international community to make education a priority for recovery from the pandemic and beyond.
Speaking this week on the occasion of the International Day of Education, Antoñio Guterres said that learning was essential to guarantee the achievement of all the Sustainable Development Goals.
He said: ‘Some 1.6 billion students and students had their education interrupted at the height of the pandemic – and it’s not over yet.
“Education is a preeminent public good and a key enabler for the entire 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.” He said the global community “cannot afford to be agnostic about its delivery, quality and relevance”.