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