New and expanded programs in Bangladesh, Burundi, Lebanon, Libya, Pakistan and Sudan will accelerate ECW’s global movement to leave no child behind.

January 14, 2022, New York— Education Cannot Wait (ECW) recently announced a total of $91.7 million in catalytic grant funding for new and expanded multi-year resilience programs in Bangladesh, Burundi, Lebanon, Libya, in Pakistan and Sudan. investments, accelerating ECW’s growing expansion in countries affected by protracted crises.

Across the six countries, the new catalytic grants aim to reach more than 900,000 vulnerable children and adolescents, 58% of whom are girls. Half of the children and adolescents targeted are refugees or internally displaced persons; and 13% are children with disabilities.

The new grants aim to leverage an additional $250 million in funding from public and private donors aligned with multi-year programs across the six countries to reach a total of 3.3 million crisis-affected children.

In total, ECW – the UN Global Fund for Education in Emergencies and Protracted Crises – now supports Multi-Year Resilience Programs (MYRPs) in 24 countries and First Emergency Response (FER) in 35 country. So far, a total of 42 countries in emergencies and protracted crises have benefited from ECW’s investments in emergency education. ECW has mobilized $845 million since the Fund’s inception and has leveraged an additional $1 billion through ECW-supported multi-year resilience programs.

“Today, we mark an important milestone in our global efforts to provide every girl and boy affected by crisis with their inherent human right to inclusive and quality learning opportunities. With additional support from our strategic donors, UN agencies and civil society partners, we have the capacity to scale ECW investments and reach millions more children and adolescents affected by conflict, climate change, displacement forced, COVID-19, protracted crises and emergencies with the safety, hope and power of education 2030 development goals, and we call on world leaders today to scale up and fund emergency support ECW and our partners with $1 billion in additional resources,” said Yasmine Sherif, Director of Education Cannot Wait.

With this expanded funding, the Global Escape Fund has already reached nearly 5 million children. The Fund’s COVID-19 education in emergency response has reached an additional 29.2 million children with vital access to distance learning, health reports, water and sanitation facilities and other measures that allow students to continue learning and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

**Bangladesh: **ECW’s $13.2 million catalytic grant in Bangladesh will reach 130,000 Rohingya refugees and Bangladeshi host community children and adolescents, providing a mechanism to align additional funding and scale up the education in emergency response in Bangladesh. Fully funded, the expanded program will reach over 350,000 refugee children and adolescents and host communities affected by COVID-19 and the Rohingya refugee crisis. Learn more.

**Burundi: **The $18 million catalytic grant to Burundi will reach approximately 130,000 girls and boys. Fully funded, the program will reach over 300,000 children and adolescents affected by the interconnected crises of COVID-19, climate change and conflict. Learn more.

**Lebanon: **With $12 million in catalytic grant investments in Lebanon, ECW and its partners will reach approximately 233,000 girls and boys in Lebanon. The fully funded program seeks to mobilize an additional $38 million to reach a total of 875,000 vulnerable children and adolescents. Learn more.

**Libya: **ECW announced $11.1 million in catalytic grant funding to Libya to reach 110,000 crisis-affected children and adolescents with holistic education solutions. ECW and its partners are requesting $18.9 million in additional resources to fully fund the program. Learn more.

**Pakistan: **Around 22.8 million children are out of school in Pakistan. ECW’s new $13.2 million catalytic grant will reach 155,000 children and teens. With $46.8 million in additional resources, the program will ensure greater access to quality education for the most vulnerable out-of-school girls and boys, including many Afghan refugees and other crisis-affected children. Learn more.

**Sudan: **ECW’s $17.7 million catalytic grant to Sudan will support access to quality education programs for at least 100,000 displaced, conflict-affected and vulnerable children and adolescents . The program aims to raise an additional $60 million. Learn more.

**Yemen: **In addition to the multi-year resilience programs above, ECW also announced new funding for a first emergency response grant to Yemen. The US$1.7 grant will support the rehabilitation of learning centers and water and sanitation facilities, provide psychosocial support to children and improve access to learning materials. Learn more.

###

Note to Editors

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 effectiveness 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. ECW is administered in accordance with UNICEF financial, human resources and administrative rules and regulations; operations are managed by the Fund’s independent governance structure.

On Twitter, please follow: @EduCannotWait @YasmineSherif1 @KentPage

Further information available at: www.educationcannotwait.org

For press inquiries:

Anouk Desgroseilliers, [email protected], +1-917-640-6820 Kent Page, [email protected], +1-917-302-1735

For all other inquiries: [email protected]