The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), an East African bloc, has pledged efforts to realize a regional agreement on education for refugees.

The eight-member East African bloc revealed its resolve after signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Education Cannot Wait (ECW) – a global fund that aimed to transform the delivery of education in emergencies.

Both sides have agreed to collaborate on the implementation of the Djibouti Declaration on Education for Refugees, Returnees and Host Communities in the IGAD region on late Wednesday, IGAD said in a statement issued late Thursday.

IGAD Executive Secretary Mahboub Maalim, who signed the agreement, emphasized IGAD’s “strong commitment” towards the successful implementation of the regional refugee pact.

The cooperation agreement between IGAD and ECW, among other things, “identifies thematic areas for joint planning, implementation, monitoring progresses and creating experience sharing as well as advocacy platforms for education in emergencies in the context of the Djibouti Declaration, the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework, as well as the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),” the statement read.

According to the cooperation accord, ECW will provide resources for the implementation of the agreement, which will be further detailed in a technical proposal in the “immediate future,” while the IGAD’s Health and Social Development Division will also coordinate the successful realization of the agreement.

The Djibouti Declaration on Refugee Education, which was adopted in December 2017, mainly emphasized on five key strategic interventions that envisaged towards the effective inclusion of refugees and returnees into national education systems.

IGAD is an eight-member East African bloc, which brings together Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan and Uganda.

ECW, a global fund dedicated to education in emergencies and protracted crises, also brings together governments, humanitarian actors and development efforts to deliver a more collaborative and rapid response to the educational needs of children and youth affected by crises. Enditem

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