Seven of the 17 Syrian refugees who do attend school stand for a photograph in the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon, Monday, 13 June, 2016. The other 10 are being deprived of a basic right, missing an opportunity of a better life and of breaking a cycle of injustice.
Conflicts and disasters continue to explode around the world meaning millions of children will never learn to read or write, or even enter a classroom. You can read about these children in UNICEF’s interactive documentary: Imagine A School, which tells the story of children in crisis in Lebanon, many of whom can only #ImagineASchool.
With your help, we have reminded world leaders like Prime Minister Trudeau, Prime Minister Rasmussen and President Hollande that children in crisis and emergencies deserve a quality education. We also had over 200,000 Global Citizens, including Rihanna and Salma Hayek, join other civil society organisations like A World at School, the Global Campaign for Education and Save the Children in support of Education Cannot Wait (ECW) — a fund to provide education for children in emergencies.
Over $200M has been raised so far, and ECW funds have help school over 1.5 million children in Chad, Yemen, Uganda, Afghanistan and Syria. But ECW still needs to raist $1.8 billion over five years, but there are several countries who still have not yet contributed.
By the time of the one year anniversary of the fund, we need your help to ask those donors who haven't stepped up.
In particular, the most powerful financial countries in the world, the Group of 7 (G7) is not fully at the table. Two G7 members Italy and Japan still need to pledge their first, life-saving dollars, before next year's G7 meetings in France.
We must remind these and other leaders who have not yet committed to the fund, to support education in emergencies so that children affected by crises can stop imagining and start attending schools again.