“On behalf of the 222 million crisis-affected girls and boys worldwide who urgently need educational support, I am honored and humbled to receive the Mother Teresa Memorial Award for Social Justice.” – ECW director Yasmin Sheriff
Mumbai, India, December 18, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Harmony Foundation awarded Education Cannot Wait, the United Nations global fund for education in emergencies, the prestigious Mother Teresa Memorial Award for Social Justice at its annual awards ceremony today in Mumbai, India.
“We are deeply honored to present the prestigious Mother Teresa Memorial Award for Social Justice 2022 to Education Cannot Wait for her tireless, incredible work striving to provide quality education to crisis-affected children worldwide. We wish them well in their their truly humanitarian efforts for refugee children, who envision a world that provides quality, inclusive education for them, so that no one is left behind.Education Cannot Wait has emulated the ethos of the revered Mother Teresa and set a remarkable example of compassion that others may follow,” said Harmony Foundation Founder-President Dr. Abraham Mathai.
Created in 2005, the Mother Teresa Memorial Award pays respect to St. Mother Teresa and honors those who address communal injustice, discrimination and other attacks on our collective humanity. The award recognizes outstanding individuals and organizations that promote peace, harmony and social justice in the world.
Previous award winners include: Malala, Dia Murza, Mercy Corps, Priyanka ChopraHH Dalai LamaUNHCR, Caritas, dr. Anthony FauciHH Sayyida Tania bint Shabib Al Saidand many other global advocates and organizations standing up for the rights of the world’s most vulnerable people.
“On behalf of the 222 million crisis-affected girls and boys worldwide who urgently need educational support, I am honored and humbled to receive the Mother Teresa Memorial Award for Social Justice on behalf of Education Cannot Wait. and The Rt. Hon. Gordon Brownchair of the ECW High Level Steering Group. Education cannot wait and our global strategic partners work in the spirit of humanity like Mother Teresa to bring children and youth in war, climate disaster and as refugees the safety, hope and opportunity that only quality education can provide. Their living conditions are painful and seemingly hopeless. Education is their light. Education empowers them to change their destiny and that of the world. Education sets them free,” he said Yasmin SheriffDirector of Education can’t wait.
Education Cannot Wait was founded in 2016 to build a world where all crisis-affected children and adolescents can learn for free – in safety and without fear – to grow, thrive and reach their full potential. Since being operational, ECW and its strategic partners have reached more than 7 million children and adolescents through holistic education support.
The Fund works in more than 40 crisis-hit countries around the world and has mobilized more than 1,000 $1.1 billion since its inception. Delivering with humanitarian speed and depth of development, ECW and its partners are embracing a new way of working to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, especially SDG4, which calls for ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for everyone.
The world is facing an unprecedented global education crisis. When ECW was founded, 75 million children in crisis needed educational support. Today, that number has tripled to an unacceptable 222 million girls and boys due to armed conflict, climate-induced disasters, COVID-19, economic uncertainty and other factors that only make things worse.
ECW and its global strategic partners call on governments, donors, the private sector and high net worth individuals to urgently mobilize additional resources to #222MillionDreams✨📚 in the run-up to that of the Fund Conference on High Level Financewhich will take place in Geneva in February 2023.
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About Education Can’t Wait (ECW):
Education can’t wait (ECW) is the United Nations’ global fund for education in emergencies and protracted crises. We support quality educational outcomes for refugees, displaced persons and other girls and boys affected by the crisis, so that no one is left behind. ECW works through the multilateral system to both increase the speed of responses in crises and link immediate relief and longer-term interventions through multi-annual programming. ECW works closely with governments, public and private donors, UN agencies, civil society organizations and other humanitarian and development aid actors to increase efficiency and end isolated responses. ECW is urgently calling on donors from the public and private sector for more support to reach even more vulnerable children and youth. The Education can’t wait for high-level conference on fundingco-hosted by ECW and Switzerlandand convened together with Colombia, Germany, Niger, Norway and Southern Sudanwill take place February 16-17, 2023in Geneva.
Additional information available from: www.educationcannotwait.org
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