The LEGO Foundation has announced a $12.5 million grant to Education Cannot Wait in support of the organization's efforts to provide quality education for children affected by emergency situations and protracted crises.
Announced during a panel discussion at the United Nations General Assembly meeting as part of a joint pledge with the USAID and the U.S. State Department Bureau for Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM), the grant will fund efforts to deliver free quality education for children and youth in crisis settings. According to the foundation, comprehensive early childhood development and quality education are critical in helping children and youth overcome the challenges they face in conflict settings and ensuring their future success.
Established during the World Humanitarian Summit in 2016, ECW works to persuade governments and funders to view education as a top priority during crises, foster collaboration among agencies on the ground, and generate additional funding to help close the $8.5 billion funding gap needed to reach an estimated seventy-five million children and youth — one in four school-age children globally — who are affected by emergencies and crises.
"We recognize that high-quality early childhood education supports school readiness and the social and emotional learning needed for successful transitions from emergency situations," said LEGO Foundation CEO John Goodwin. "We are proud to join USAID and PRM in support of Education Cannot Wait, as we stand to lose an entire generation if we don't take immediate action to support education in crisis settings."
(Photo credit: Education Cannot Wait)