Education Cannot Wait Fund announced ahead of World Humanitarian Summit.

Education Cannot Wait, Education in emergencies

It has a name. It has bold targets. And now it needs the commitment and money from the international community to make it work.

The Education Cannot Wait fund will help millions of children who are deprived of schooling because of emergency situations – including wars, natural disasters and health crises.

The name was announced today, along with the aim to raise almost $4 billion to reach 13.6 million children within five years and 75 million by 2030.

So the pieces are now in place and there can be no excuses. International leaders and donors must step up at the first World Humanitarian Summit this month and deliver the funding to ensure children in emergencies are in school and safe from child labour, child marriage, trafficking, recruitment into armed groups, abuse and exploitation.

It is time to end the shameful situation where less than 2% of all humanitarian aid goes to education.

The #SafeSchools petition, signed by thousands of A World at School supporters, will be delivered to leaders at the summit in Istanbul. It demands that promises are turned into action to help the millions of children who are being robbed of a future.

Ben Hewitt, A World at School’s Director of Campaigns and Communications, said: “World leaders are waking up to the fact that children caught up in a natural disaster of conflict must not be left stranded without an education.

Please visit A World at School to read the full article and sign the petition.

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