Education Cannot Wait (ECW), a global fund dedicated to education in emergencies on Friday announced a three year, 165 million U.S. dollars initiative to provide education to 746,000 children affected by crises in Ethiopia.

ECW is a global fund dedicated to education in emergencies, particularly to address the urgent education needs of 75 million children and youth in conflict and crisis settings. Education Cannot Wait is hosted by UNICEF.

Speaking at the launch in Addis Ababa, ECW Director Yasmine Sherif said the program is designed to address the specific challenges holding back access to quality education of children and youth in communities that are left behind due to violence, drought, displacement and other crises.

“Working with the government and all our ECW partners, this investment provides protective learning environments and inclusive quality education to girls and boys living in very difficult circumstances,”

“We must not leave children behind. They have a right to develop and thrive. They have so much to achieve and give. By working together in mobilizing all the required resources, we now have a chance to ensure that no child in Ethiopia is left behind,” said Sherif.

The multi-year resilience program was developed by the Ethiopia Ministry of Education with support from Education Cannot Wait and a range of partners – United Nations agencies, civil society organisations, and donors to address the educational needs of displaced children.

Ethiopia has an estimated 1.4 million displaced, returnee, and refugee children, mostly resulting from conflicts and natural disasters. One million of these children are out of school, 527,000 of them girls. Latest data shows that 728 schools have been damaged by conflict or natural disasters. Enditem



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