We must not accept a global education crisis. We must act now, because we know that in times of crisis education can provide stability, protection and prospects for the future. ‘
September 27, 2021, New York – The German government today announced additional new funding of € 50 million (approximately US $ 58.6 million) for 2022 to support multi-year education resilience programs without wait, the United Nations Global Fund for Education in Emergencies and Protracted Crises.
The new funding brings Germany’s total contributions to over $ 137 million. With this generous new announcement, Germany becomes the second largest donor to the ECW Global Trust Fund, after the United Kingdom.
“We are all seeing dramatic crises around the world. Children and young people suffer the most from hunger, violence and lack of education. Every child has the right to education. Thus, I am proud to announce that Germany will devote 50 million euros to Education Cannot Wait, ”said Gerd Müller, German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development.
“We must not accept a global education crisis. We must act now, because we know that in times of crisis education can provide stability, protection and prospects for the future. And it can also have a positive impact in terms of integration and can help promote democracy and peace, ”said Dr Maria Flachsbarth, Parliamentary State Secretary to the German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development. “We support and endorse multi-year resilience programs through which ECW builds the resilience of education systems around the world. This is why ECW will also continue to be Germany’s key partner in promoting education in emergencies and persistent crises in the future.
Germany’s support comes at a critical time as world leaders mobilize to address the interconnected crises of armed conflict, COVID-19, forced displacement, climate change and other challenges, which are pushing millions children and adolescents vulnerable to out of school and disrupting progress towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular SDG4, which calls for universal and equitable education for all by 2030.
“I would like to thank the German government and the German people for this generous support and continued partnership. Germany is a leading force in our efforts to reach the world’s most vulnerable children and adolescents with the power, hope and opportunity for a quality education. These girls and boys have the fundamental right to go to school and to find safety and protection in quality learning environments, ”said Yasmine Sherif, Director of Education, Can’t Wait. “This strategic donation is a call to action and a strong signal of Germany’s important contribution to the achievement of universal and equitable education. We urge other strategic partners to follow suit and join our collective efforts to mobilize millions more to leave no one behind. “
Thanks to its innovative multi-year resilience programs and its first emergency responses, ECW has already reached more than 4.6 million children and adolescents affected by the crisis.
The Fund’s COVID-19 education in emergency response provided distance learning, life-saving health messages and other supports to an additional 29.2 million vulnerable girls and boys.
ECW’s multi-year resilience programs bridge the gap between humanitarian responses 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.