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.
Last year, we helped remind 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 — a fund to provide education for children in emergencies.
Of the $113.4M raised so far, nearly $42 million has already been allocated to help school 1.5 million children in Chad, Yemen, and Syria. Our target is to raise $3.85B over five years with at least $383M needed for year two, but there are several countries who still have not yet contributed.
May 2017 marks one year since the fund was first launched. Yet we are still around $35M short of the target of $153M for year one of the fund. By the time of the one year anniversary of the fund, we need your help to ask those donors who haven't yet committed to step up.
In particular, the most powerful financial countries in the world, the Group of 7 (G7) will be meeting on 26-27 May. Yet only four G7 members (the UK, the USA, France and Canada) have committed to Education Cannot Wait. Help us ask those who did not commit: Germany, Italy and Japan, to pledge their first, life-saving dollars, before this year's G7 meeting in Italy.
We must remind these 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.