Education Cannot Wait: a fund for education in emergencies

Research reports and studies
May 2016
Susan Nicolai, Romilly Greenhill, Maria Ana Jalles d'Orey, Arran Magee, Andrew Rogerson, Leni Wild, Joseph Wales
Teaching maths and science in Nimbia County, Liberia. Credit: Elizabeth Pohl/Bread for the World

75 million children aged 3-18 years, living in 35 crisis-affected countries, are in desperate need of educational support. Education for these children has long been neglected, but there is a growing recognition of its central importance.

Built on extensive consultation and dialogue among a range of stakeholders, Education Cannot Wait is an education crisis fund designed to transform the global education sector, including both humanitarian and development responses. Launching at the World Humanitarian Summit in May 2016, the platform aims to deliver a more collaborative, agile and rapid response to education in emergencies in order to fulfil the right to education for children and young people affected by crises. It is about both restoring hope to millions of children and demonstrating that the governments who signed the 2030 Sustainable Development Goal pledge intend to keep their promise.

‘Education Cannot Wait: proposing a fund for education in emergencies’ outlines the potential operation of Education Cannot Wait, while ‘A common platform for education in emergencies and protracted crises’ provides the background evidence that informed the process.

Infographics: education crisis map

Infographic: Education Cannot Wait crisis map


Infographic: the need for Education Cannot Wait
Infographic: the proposal for Education Cannot Wait
Infographic: the next steps for Education Cannot Wait
Infographic: the impact of an education crisis platform