The LEGO Foundation announces additional new funding of $25 million for Education Can’t Wait at the Global Citizen Festival, bringing total contributions to $65 million


September 24, 2022
NEW YORK

“Imagine there was a magic lever that could transform the lived experiences of the 222 million children and young people living in crisis contexts into peacekeepers and builders of tomorrow. Well, there is: education. – Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen, CEO, The LEGO Foundation.

Taking the stage this weekend at the Global Citizen Festival in New York’s Central Park, LEGO Foundation CEO Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen announced a substantial new contribution of US$25 million to Education Cannot Wait (ECW), the UN Global Fund for Education in Emergencies and Protracted Situations. seizures.

Joining her on stage, ECW Director Yasmine Sherif hailed the impact this additional new contribution will have in realizing the dreams of an education for children affected by wars and crises around the world. The LEGO Foundation is the largest private sector donor to ECW, with approximately $65 million in total contributions to date.

“Imagine there was a magic lever that could transform the lived experiences of the 222 million children and young people living in crisis contexts into peacekeepers and builders of tomorrow. Well, there is: education. To help build this leverage, The LEGO Foundation is thrilled to announce new funding of US$25 million to Education Cannot Wait,” said Albrectsen.

The LEGO Foundation shares the mission of the LEGO Group: to inspire and develop the builders of tomorrow. The Foundation is dedicated to building a future in which learning through play empowers children to become creative, engaged and lifelong learners. Thanks to contributions from the LEGO Foundation and other donors, ECW has reached 7 million crisis-affected children and teens with holistic educational supports since its inception in 2016.

“ECW deeply appreciates this additional new contribution from The LEGO Foundation, our largest private sector donor. The LEGO Foundation shines as an example of the transformative force of the private sector for humanity. Today, 222 million children worldwide have seen their education disrupted by crises; funding like this is essential to get them back on track. We call on all public and private sector partners to help ECW meet our fundraising challenge for an additional $1.5 billion to urgently provide quality education to millions of children affected by the crisis,” Sherif said.

A shocking new analysis from ECW indicates that up to 222 million girls and boys affected by the crisis need urgent educational support – up from previous estimates of 75 million in 2016. More than 78 million of these children are out of school, of whom around 120 million do not reach lack the minimum math or reading skills.

global citizen is a long-time partner of Education Cannot Wait. Ahead of this year’s festival, the organization called on global citizens around the world to support ECW’s goals of raising US$1.5 billion over the next four years to reach 20 million children and of crisis-affected adolescents with the safety, hope and opportunity of a quality education through the #222MillionDreams country.

Performances at Global Citizen included Metallica, Charlie Puth, Jonas Brothers, Måneskin, Mariah Carey, Mickey Guyton and Rosalía. Throughout the day, world leaders, major corporations and philanthropic foundations announced new commitments to end extreme poverty now, including notable pledges to Education Cannot Wait.

People looking to make a difference can call on leaders to act using the #222MillionDreams hashtag, doing individual donations to ECW, and acting with global citizen and The LEGO Foundation.

Note to Editors

About Education Can’t Wait (ECW):

Education can’t waitECW) 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 efficiency 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. The High-Level Financing Education Can’t Wait Conference, co-hosted by ECW and Switzerland, and co-hosted with Germany, Niger, Norway and South Sudan, will take place on February 16 and 17, 2023 in Geneva.

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

Additional 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
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About The LEGO Foundation:

The LEGO Foundation aims to inspire and develop the builders of tomorrow; a mission it shares with the LEGO Group. The LEGO Foundation is dedicated to building a future where learning through play empowers children to become creative, engaged and lifelong learners. His job is to redefine play and reimagine learning. Working with thought leaders, influencers, educators and parents, The LEGO Foundation aims to equip, inspire and activate champions for play. www.LEGOFoundation.com

On Twitter, please follow: @LEGOfoundation, @ABAlbrectsen, @WilmshurstEuan

For press inquiries:

Rikke Bruntse Dahl, [email protected] +4553195134

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