Figures from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) show that education aid receives less than two per cent of emergency funding. The new fund is expected to:
- offer up to five years of educational emergency, recognizing that the average time a refugee is out of his or her country is more than 10 years;
- have private sector, foundation and philanthropic windows and will be the first comprehensive education public partnership in humanitarian aid; and
- engage philanthropic companies in innovative solutions to deliver education, including bold experiments in online education to help refugees in camps and those holed up in hovels, huts and tents.
The UN has stressed that the ultimate aim for Education Cannot Wait is to transform humanitarian aid for the future.“This is a lost generation we must help urgently. We live in a world where refugee needs are not temporary, with many spending more than a decade out of country,” said Mr. Brown. “For too long we have neglected the education of young people in conflict zones, at the cost of making youth the recruits for terrorist groups and their parents the most likely to leave and seek a better future for their children in Europe or America,” he added.Many businesses have already agreed to take part alongside many of the world’s top aid donors. Individual philanthropists have also been approached.The new fund will build on the recent Syrian initiative promising one million Syrian refugees schooling in Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan but it will also occur in Nepal where 900,000 children are out of school because of the earthquake emergency, in South Sudan where one third of children are denied schooling and in Nigeria where Boko Haram have closed 5,000 schools.Meanwhile, the UN also announced today that almost 200 humanitarian partners from across the Pacific are heading to Istanbul for the World Humanitarian Summit, where the region’s experiences in responding to disasters and climate change will be high on the agenda.A total of 15 Pacific governments have signaled their commitment to send high level delegations to Turkey including Heads of Government from Fiji, Tuvalu, the Cook Islands, Nauru and Vanuatu.