Global Civil Society Statement

In support of the launch of Education Cannot Wait’s “Act 4 Education in Crisis” campaign global civil society is calling on governments, private sector companies, philanthropic foundations and global leaders to rise and support the Fund’s efforts to mobilize $1.8 billion by 2021 for 9 million children and youth living during war, forced displacement and disaster.

Joint statement

Across the world children affected by crises tell us that education is the key to their futures, their safety, their health and their happiness, and that it cannot be delayed. Yet for 75 million children and young people living in crisis countries, their dreams of going to school and getting an education are put in jeopardy due to inadequate investment in, and prioritisation of coordination, and damaging national policies. Shockingly, girls are two and a half times more likely to be out of primary school if they live in conflict-affected countries.

We call upon donors to urgently support the education of girls and boys, including forcibly displaced children, caught up in humanitarian crises by fully funding Education Cannot Wait so that it can provide quality, inclusive and safe education to 9 million children and youth annually by 2021.

With ten years left to deliver the education Sustainable Development Goal, it is critical that donors support education in emergencies – ensuring that no child is left behind.

The statement is supported by




Contact: Emma Wagner, Education in Emergencies, Policy & Advocacy Adviser, Save the Children.

List of organisations endorsing this statement:

  1. Albanian Coalition for Education (ACE)
  2. Canadian International Education Policy Working Group (CIEPWG)
  3. Christian Blind Mission
  4. The Danish Education Coalition, Global Focus
  5. Finn Church Aid
  6. Spanish Coalition Global Campaign for Education
  7. Globale Bildungskampagne
  8. Global Campaign for Education
  9. Global Campaign for Education – US
  10. Global Citizen
  11. Italian Coalition Global Campaign for Education
  12. Inter-agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE)
  13. Japan NGO Network for Education
  14. Jesuit Refugee Service
  15. National Education Union
  16. Norwegian Refugee Council
  17. One
  18. Plan International
  19. Palestinian Education Coalition
  20. Results UK
  21. Right to Play
  22. Save the Children
  23. Send My Friend to School
  24. UNESCO Global Education Monitoring report
  25. Voluntary Services Overseas
  26. War Child UK
  27. Civil Society Action Coalition on Education (CSACEFA) Nigeria Education Coalition (NEC)
  28. Australian Coalition for Education and Development (ACED)
  29. La Coalition Nationale de Madagascar
  30. Theirworld
  31. Actionaid
  32. Vietnam Association for Education For All
  33. ZOA International
  34. Oxfam International




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