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. Listen to Demi Lovato and Muzoon Almellehan talk about these kids and why they are coming together to support them and help them heal from trauma through education!
Global Citizens have helped remind world leaders like Prime Minister Trudeau, Prime Minister Rasmussen and President Hollande that children in crisis and emergencies deserve a quality education. Over 300,000 Global Citizens, including Rihanna and Salma Hayek, have joined a call in support of Education Cannot Wait — a fund to provide education for children in emergencies.
Over $48 million has already been allocated from ECW to help school 3 million+ children in Chad, Yemen, Ethiopia, Bangladesh and Syria. Our target is to raise $3.85B over five years with at least $350M more needed for year two, but there are several countries who still have not yet contributed.
May 2018 marks two years since the fund was first launched. Yet we are still around $350M short of the target. By the time of the two year anniversary of the fund, we need your help to ask those donors who haven't yet committed to step up.
Donors like the most powerful financial countries in the world, the Group of 7 (G7), who will be meeting on June 7-8. Two of those countries, Italy and Japan have yet to pledge their first, life-saving dollars.
We must remind G7 leaders, and others 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.