Action from World Leaders


The Act 4 Education in Crisis campaign is a global initiative led by Education Cannot Wait in partnership with civil society organizations, global leaders, private sector partners, philanthropists and global education ambassadors.

In the halls of parliaments across the globe, in the boardroom, at the United Nations and through civil society actions in donor and crisis-affected countries, tireless advocates are stepping up to call on global leaders to fill the billion dollars funding gap for education in crisis settings.

By Acting for Education in Crisis, our partners have the chance to deliver quality education for the girls and boys left furthest behind in the world’s worst humanitarian crises. 

Visit this page regularly to learn about the advocacy efforts and activities carried out by our partners across the globe to activate action for Education in Crisis.


News & Updates

Education Cannot Wait Makes an Impact on Girls’ Education

Giulia McPherson, JRS/USA, June 20th, 2019 | Rosemary fled South Sudan two years ago when she was 19 because of the conflict engulfing her home country. She left most of her family behind to find safety and security in neighboring Uganda. Today, she is a student...

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Global Citizen

Global Citizen, an international advocacy movement, was among the first to campaign to launch Education Cannot wait and has been a key partner in building visibility and advocacy for the Fund’s resource mobilization efforts and operations since its inception. Global Citizen helped engaged Will Smith and Rachel Brosnahan to champion Education Cannot Wait’s cause and provides global platforms for donors to announce substantial contributions to Education Cannot Wait.

Sign the Global Citizen Letter to World Leaders to #Act4Ed | Our Partnership | Stories from Global Citizen

Plan International

Plan International has been a central advocate in filling the US$8.5 billion funding gap for education in emergencies and protracted crises and has a particular focus on adolescent girls, who are among the worst affected by disasters and crises. According to Plan, “Girls are two and a half times more likely to be out of primary school if they live in conflict-affected countries. Adolescent girls who are out of school face a heightened risk of trafficking, early and forced marriage, early pregnancy and gender-based violence. This is why we are working together with Education Cannot Wait to address the unique needs and challenges of girls in our emergency and education response efforts.”

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Global Campaign for Education

The Global Campaign for Education (GCE) is a civil society movement that promotes and defends education as a basic human right. The joint initiative campaigns and advocates at the international, regional and national level to put pressure on governments and the international community to deliver the right of everyone to a free, quality, public education.

Learn More | GCE – US Tell Congress to Support Global Education! campaign

Save the Children

Save the Children has long been an active advocacy partner of Education Cannot Wait from advocating for its creation, to representing civil society in the High-Level Steering group and Executive Committee, to chairing the civil society constituency. Save the Children co-leads the Education Cluster with UNICEF to improve coordination and collaboration on education in humanitarian crises. Save the Children is coordinating the civil society advocacy efforts for Education Cannot Wait’s replenishment in multiple donor countries.

Learn More | Contact Save the Children to get involved in global advocacy efforts

Send My Friend to School Campaign

Through its Send My Friend to School Campaign, UK Civil Society is calling for a renewed commitment from its government to provide Education Cannot Wait with  £75 million in additional funding over the next three years. “We believe this increase is necessary and justified. It will help meet the considerable learning needs of the most marginalized children in the world and it therefore meets objectives in Get Children Learning.”
Learn More | Save the Children Blog


Theirworld convened the coalition of 55 major civil society and campaigning organizations – including Global Citizen, the Global Campaign for Education, Save the Children and Plan International – that led to the creation of Education Cannot Wait at the World Humanitarian Summit in 2016.  Theirworld continues to combine the power of campaigning, policy, and innovative projects, to create change from the top-down and bottom-up and solve the complex barriers keeping children and youth from education and opportunity.  Theirworld recently announced funding for Education Cannot Wait through a partnership with the Dutch Postcode Lottery to support education programmes for children uprooted by conflict and crisis.

Our partnership | Stories from Their World

In-Country Partners

As we ramp up our efforts to respond to educational needs in sudden-onset or escalating crises and in protracted crises, national governments, civil society and other local actors are key in our efforts to #Act4Ed in Crisis.  

By mobilizing $673 million for the Education Cannot Wait Global Trust Fund aims to launch groundbreaking multi-year educational responses in 25 priority countries affected by protracted crises where urgent educational needs, risks and vulnerabilities are particularly high. Through our seed-funding investments we seek to catalyze an additional $1.2 billion in co-financing at the country level to support implementation towards learning outcomes and children and youth’s wellbeing.

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