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Civil Society Urges Increased Commitment to Education Cannot Wait to Fund and Scale Up COVID-19 Response Efforts

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Save the Children UK

This is a joint statement from civil society organisations calls upon international donors to support education as a core part of global COVID-19 response efforts, including with $50 million in new funding for Education Cannot Wait (ECW).

As of April 2020, more than 1.5 billion children and youth around the world are affected by school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, impacting over 91 percent of the world’s student population. Learners already vulnerable and affected by crises, including armed conflicts, forced displacement, natural disasters and protracted crises, are now facing the added hardship brought on by this pandemic.

By making specific, measurable commitments and swiftly delivering increased funding for ECW we can take significant steps to minimize the impact of COVID-19 on all crisis-affected and displaced children and youth seeking a quality education

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