The UK has committed an extra £30 million of support to help make sure no child misses out on an education in times of crisis.
The Education Cannot Wait fund aims to help 13.6 million young people caught up in humanitarian emergencies such as conflict, natural disasters and disease outbreaks.
The pledge continues the UK’s leadership in providing education for children in crises. More than two years ago, the UK launched the No Lost Generation Initiative with UNICEF, which has so far helped more than 250,000 children get an education in Jordan and Lebanon.
Speaking from the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, International Development Secretary Justine Greening said:
The first ever World Humanitarian Summit has been a watershed moment. Never has so much been at stake, with 60 million people forced from their homes and 37 million children out of school in conflict-affected countries.
The UK’s ground-breaking work on jobs and education shows that we will continue to be a global leader on humanitarian responses. We are championing the rights of girls and women, we have reaffirmed our commitment to protect people living through conflict, and we are continuing to build on the legacy of the London Syria Conference. We are spearheading a new approach to protracted crises and committing an extra £30 million of support to help make sure no child misses out on an education.
As a global community it is time to recognise we need a new approach to preventing and responding to crisis. That’s in everyone’s interests, most of all those caught up in crisis, and this Summit has provided us with a compelling agenda for change. Now every country must step up and make good on their pledges so we can succeed in our ambitious aims.
At the London Syria Conference in February, the UK agreed deals with Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan that are set to create at least 1 million jobs in countries neighbouring Syria so refugees have the opportunity of a livelihood close to home.
At the World Humanitarian Summit, the UK urged other countries and donors to step up to the plate and sign up to the Grand Bargain - an agreement between the largest donors, agencies and NGOs to improve efficiency in the humanitarian system. This agreement aims to put more money directly into the hands of people who need it most, stimulating local markets and economies.
There was also renewed political commitment to keep people safer, particularly in times of conflict, and to improve compliance with International Humanitarian Law. The UK also pushed forward implementation of global commitments to protect and empower women and girls in emergencies and reduce their vulnerability to violence and exploitation. The UK supports all the Summit’s Core Commitments on women and girls and will play our part in delivering them.