During Education Cannot Wait’s high-level mission with its strategic partners (USAID, FCDO/UK, and Theirworld), USAID announced a new contribution of $ 18 million (approximately $ 16.5 million), becoming the third which is the largest donor to ECW.

CHISINAUMoldova, April 14, 2022 / PRNewswire/ – Addition to emergency first response grant announced in March Ukraine worth $ 5 million (approximately € 4.6 million) from Education Cannot Wait (ECW), ECW today announced a new initial allocation of $ 1.5 million (approximately € 1.4 million). It was used to support the emergency education response to the crisis of Ukrainian refugees in Moldova during a mission with strategic partners USAID, FCDO / UK and Theirworld. Thanks to this new contribution, the total amount of funds raised by the ECW for educational intervention within the framework of the Ukrainian crisis will amount to 6.5 million dollars (approximately 6 million euros). This new grant will be distributed in partnership with the Moldovan government to ensure that refugee children and youth have access to safe and secure learning opportunities. The investments will also benefit children in host communities. The grant will be administered through a coordination mechanism implemented for the educational response.

During the high-level mission, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced an additional contribution of $ 18 million (approximately € 16.5 million) to the global special investment fund for ECW to continue to support of ECW education interventions in countries affected by the environmental crisis. the world. This contribution makes the United States the third largest donor to ECW, the United Nations global fund for education on emergencies and long-term crises, after Germany and the United Kingdom.

According to estimates, nearly 30 million dollars (approximately 27.4 million euros) is still lacking in funding for educational intervention in emergency situations in Ukraine. ECW therefore called on donors and strategic partners to urgently make more funds available to address the major humanitarian crisis currently occurring in the region.

According to just recently reportsnearly 400,000 people have crossed the border into Moldova to flee the escalating conflict in Ukraine since February. both if most of them continue their journey to other neighboring countries and toEurope West, an estimated 100,000 refugees are still in Moldova today. This number includes nearly 50,000 refugee children, of which only 1,800 are currently in school.

“Child refugees in Ukraine have fled a brutal war; they arrived in Moldova deprived of their belongings and traumatized. They are extremely vulnerable and need immediate support. Public schools are open to refugee children, but their capacity is too much. There is an urgent need to provide mental health and psychosocial services, ensure sanitation and increase the number of teachers who respond to the influx of refugee children at the school or pre-school level. By putting in place a coordinated and common response in Moldova, we can act quickly. So we are in a position to act now, ”he said Yasmine Sherifdirector of Education without delay.

“The UK, as one of ECW’s largest donors, is committed to protecting the right to education for all children, especially those affected by the crisis. We stand ready to support a coordinated educational response for refugee children in Ukraine. Education must be given priority as an important part of Ukraine’s humanitarian response, ”he added. Alicia HerbertDirector of Education, Gender and Equality and Gender Envoy of the FCDO.

“For children whose lives have been turned upside down, education provides vital strength and hope for the future. Announce their world of additional funding to support education projects for refugees in the coming weeks. We take advantage of our experiences from other emergencies and campaign to ensure that 10% of donor funding for the humanitarian response is spent on education, ”said Justin van Fleet, President of Theirworld.

“Education is essential for refugees to live with dignity, and is one of the first services requested. We are very grateful to the Moldovan authorities, teachers and communities for their support in welcoming refugee students,” he added. Francesca BonelliUNHCR representative in Moldova.

According to Maha Damaj, UNICEF Representative in Moldova, “School closures due to COVID-19 have taught us that learning disabilities are more than just school days. In Moldova, UNICEF is working with partners to help refugee children fromUkraine to retrace their educational journey in a safe and protective environment that enhances their resilience in the face of the traumas of war ”.

The war made children and teenagers live in Ukraine great risk. According to recent estimates, nearly 5 million refugees have fledUkraine and 7.1 million people were evacuated internally. The education of all Ukrainian school -age children is disrupted by the conflict; according to the latest estimate, more than 900 schools were damaged or destroyed in the fighting, and at least 3.3 million school -going children are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance.

This new grant from ECW will respond to the rapidly changing situation and support town center The Moldovan government’s standard that allows for the inclusion of refugee children in the national education system. As part of its overall intervention in the context of the crisis, the grant will increase first response to an emergency Ukraine of ECW, amounting to 5 million dollars (about 4.6 million euros). ECW works with governments, donors, UN agencies, civil society organizations and other strategic partners to ensure the continuing education of children affected by the crisis.

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About Non -Delay Education (ECW):
Education Cannot Wait (ECW) is the United Nations ’worldwide fund for education in emergencies and enduring crises.
We support quality education for refugee women and men, internally displaced and other children affected by the crisis, so that no one is left behind. Education Cannot Wait uses a multilateral system to increase the speed of crisis response and connect immediate and long-term assistance response programs through a multi-year program. Education Cannot Wait works closely with governments, public and private donors, United Nations agencies, civil society organizations, and other humanitarian and development aid actors to obtain efficient and decompartmentalising resources. intervention. Education Cannot Wait has made an urgent appeal to the public and private sectors to donate for greater support to reach more vulnerable children and youth.

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