Meet our Champions
Everybody can be a champion for the cause as we join together to Act 4 Education in Crisis. To amplify our call to action, we have connected with some of the world’s leading advocates for the children in crisis settings to fulfil their right to education: celebrities, politicians, thought leaders and more to champion our cause.
The former UK Prime Minister and UN Special Envoy for Global Education, Gordon Brown, has put education in crisis front and center of his global agenda. For years, he has been advocating for the right of every child to access quality education. He played an instrumental role in the launch of the Education Cannot Wait Fund at the World Humanitarian Summit in 2016. Today, he is the Chair of Education Cannot Wait’s High-Level Steering Group which provides strategic orientations to the Fund. He is also the Chair of the Education Commission which is creating a pathway for reform and increased investment in the education aid architecture.
“Great feats of human ingenuity and social progress do not happen through half-measures. If the international community is going to meet its commitment to provide a quality education to all children, no matter their circumstances, then it must confront current funding gaps with the boldness that the situation demands.” – Gordon Brown
As the Director of Education Cannot Wait, Yasmine Sherif is shaking things up. Her commitment to justice and equity makes her a passionate advocate for children and youth caught up in the most challenging circumstances of war, displacement and disaster. She is part of a vanguard that’s changing the way the United Nations (UN) works and the way we deliver for children living in crisis. With a background as a lawyer specialized in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Law, she has 30 years of experience with the United Nations and international NGOs.
Yasmine has served in some of the most crisis-affected countries and regions on the globe, including Afghanistan, Bosnia & Herzegovina, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan, and across the Middle East.
Yasmine is the author of the UN best seller book The Case for Humanity: An Extraordinary Session.
Peter Tabichi, a science teacher in Kenya whose outstanding dedication to his students earned him the prestigious 2019 Global Teacher Prize is the first “Champion for Children in Conflicts and Crisis” for Education Cannot Wait,
“The students I teach see true hardships every day, from poverty to drought and hunger. But I also see in them raw talent and great creativity, hard work, a determination to defy the odds, and be the best they can be. Every child, everywhere in the world deserves the chance to fulfil their full potential. It is heart-breaking to know that 75 million children around the world see their educational chances disrupted by conflict and natural disasters. Education Cannot Wait is doing vital work to make sure these children are not left behind. It will be my great honour to help them ensure children whose lives have been blighted by war and catastrophe are given their birth right: a decent education.” – Peter Tabichi
Will Smith, globally renowned actor and a high-profile advocate for education, is among those supporting Education Cannot Wait in its efforts to mobilize $1.8 billion by 2021 to support education programmes for close to 9 million children and youth enduring the hardship of forced displacement, conflict and crisis. Last year, in partnership with Omaze, Global Citizen and the Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation, The Fresh Prince bungee jumped from a helicopter over the Grand Canyon on his fiftieth birthday to raise funds for the Education Cannot Wait cause. Will’s historic jump raised $746,000 from donors from 166 countries, and helped mobilize millions more through this unique partnership.
The Emmy, SAG and Golden Globe-winner and star of critically acclaimed series ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ has been advocating with Global Citizen for increased funding and action for education in crisis. Check out the compelling pictures and testimonies of her trip to Peru where she called for support to #Act4Ed in crisis.
I also had the privilege of meeting with @YasmineSherif1, dir. of @educannotwait, about our meetings with reps from 🇬🇧🇮🇪🇺🇸to help raise $1.8B for ECW. We spoke about my recent trip to Peru with @glblctzn, the kids we met in Tumbes whose schools were rebuilt with ECW funds & we pic.twitter.com/ACvBYhH0fM— Rachel Brosnahan (@RachelBros) March 6, 2019