When We talk about Global Resources one of the most important resources to ensuring the survival of the Human Species and the Human Society is the mind of our children. Education in the minds of our children ensure the future of the Human Race but many want to limit this education, who can receive an education we are not just talking about an example like the Taliban wanting to stop educating woman at the age of 12 or 13. We need to look deeper than that because we are talking about limiting children from gaining knowledge because of the living conditions, economics and at times political reason. Afghanistan is just one example because we know that we need to let girls feed their minds and we also know that we need to encourage all children to find their way in the sciences and to learn to speak multiple languages. Children with strong learning to see math as a way of describing our universe have found wonderful solutions to the way our universe and our planet are the way they are. The United Nations has a global fund to help children in extreme conditions find that education because we do not where or who may have the answers to our big question about where we live in our universe we just that if give our children a chance to learn they have a chance to find the answer we need so we can thrive as Human Being lives.
The Report indicates that ECW investments have reached close to 7 million children and adolescents – 48.4 per cent of whom are girls – since becoming operational in 2017. Moreover, of all children reached by ECW’s investments to date, half are girls, and 43 per cent are refugee or internally displaced children.
Last year, ECW reached 3.7 million students across 32 crisis-impacted countries, 48.9 per cent were girls. An additional 11.8 million students were reached through the fund’s COVID-19 intervention programmes. These schemes have brought the total number of children and adolescents supported by COVID-19 interventions to 31.2 million, 52 per cent of which are girls.
Yasmine Sherif, Director of Education Cannot Wait, reflected on the progress made by the fund: “ECW’s solid results in our first five years of operation are proof of concept that we can turn the tide and empower the most marginalized girls and boys in crises with the hope, protection and opportunity of quality education.”
In terms of resource accessibility, last year ECW mobilized a record-breaking $388.6 million. Total contributions to the ECW Trust Fund therefore top $1.1 billion.
The report’s results were released in the wake of shocking new estimates issued by ECW in June 2022, which revealed that worldwide, 222 million students are in urgent need of educational support. This includes 78.2 million who are out of school and 119.6 million who are in school but not achieving minimum competencies in mathematics and reading.
“While progress is being made, we still have a long way to go,” said Gordon Brown, UN Special Envoy for Global Education.
The ‘Education Cannot Wait’s High-Level Financing Conference,’ will take place in Geneva in February 2023. It will be hosted by Switzerland and Education Cannot Wait – and co-convened by Germany, Niger, Norway and South Sudan – through the 222 Million Dreams campaign. The Conference will call on individuals and institutions, in the private and public sectors, to make substantive funding contributions to ECW.
Ms. Sherif said, “we urge governments, businesses, and philanthropic actors to make substantive funding contributions to ECW to help turn dreams into reality for children left furthest behind in crises.”
According to the report, conflict, forced displacement, climate-induced disasters and the compounding effect of the COVID-19 pandemic have fueled an increase in education emergencies. Funding appeals reached $2.9 billion in 2021, compared with $1.4 billion in 2020. While 2021 saw a record-high $645 million in education grants given – the overall funding deficit spiked by 17 per cent. The growing funding deficit signifies a worrying trend in resource shortages.
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