Education Cannot Wait

GPE actively supports Education Cannot Wait (ECW), a global fund to ensure that no child or young person misses out on education during crises.

Launched during the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit, Education Cannot Wait is the first global fund to prioritize education in humanitarian action.

Over the next five years, Education Cannot Wait aims to reach more than 13.6 million children and youth living in crisis situations, including conflict, natural disasters, and disease outbreaks, and provide them with quality education. By 2030, the fund hopes to have reached 75 million children and youth in need of education.

With a funding target of US$3.85 billion over five years, Education Cannot Wait helps strengthen coordination and predictability for education support, improves the capacity and accountability of countries, and inspires political commitment so that education is viewed by all as a top priority when crises occur.

The day-to-day work of Education Cannot Wait is managed by an interim Secretariat while the permanent hosting arrangements are being established. GPE applauds UNICEF for having stepped up and taken on the work as temporary host and administrator of the Education Cannot Wait Secretariat in order to quickly initiate strengthened support to children in emergencies and protracted crisis situations.

GPE is supporting the ECW secretariat to establish a solid foundation and operational framework for the years to come. A High Level Steering Group provides strategic direction and overall decision making for the fund and guidance for the secretariat and the fund operations.

The challenge

  • Today one in four of the world’s school-aged children lives in a country affected by crises. Around 75 million of these children and youth are either already missing out on their education, receiving poor quality education, or at risk of dropping out of school.
  • When conflicts or crises occur, the educational needs of children and youth are often the last consideration, far behind basic needs such as food and shelter.
  • Education is lifesaving, but despite the growing evidence of the many benefits that it can bring to individuals, families, and societies, especially in times of crisis, only 2.7% of humanitarian aid was invested in education in 2016.
  • A significant part of the educational support in crisis situations is fragmented and poorly coordinated, based on short-term thinking and does not provide a predictable and continued support ensuring that children will be able to receive uninterrupted quality education despite being victims of crises.


GPE and Education Cannot Wait

For the past years, GPE has worked closely with several UN agencies and other leading global education partners to create Education Cannot Wait. This collaboration will continue and lead to a larger advocacy and fundraising effort supported by all.

Education Cannot Wait complements GPE’s mission, which aligns with the global goals to educate all the world’s children by 2030, and strengthens the commitment to support education in countries facing humanitarian emergencies and crises.

Education Cannot Wait also draws on GPE’s collaborative partnership model to improve coordination of education crisis planning and responses among all humanitarian and development actors.

Read GPE commitment at the World Humanitarian summit