MOLDOVA / CHILDREN EDUCATION

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Expanding on Education Cannot Wait’s (ECW) US$5 million Ukraine First Emergency Response grant announced in March, ECW announced a new, initial US$1.5 million allocation to support the education in emergencies response for the Ukraine refugee crisis in Moldova while on mission with strategic partners USAID, FCDO/UKand Theirworld. ECW

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STORY: MOLDOVA / CHILDREN EDUCATON
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DATELINE: 12 APRIL 2022, CIUTESTI VILLAGE, NISPORENI DISTRICT, REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA / 13 APRIL 2022, CHISINAU, REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA

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12 APRIL 2022, CIUTESTI VILLAGE, NISPORENI DISTRICT, REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA

1. Wide shot, delegation arrives at school in Ciutesti village, Nisporeni district
2. Wide shot, delegation speaks with refugee children and their mother
3. Wide shot, delegation enters a classroom
4. Wide shot, children in a classroom during a lesson
5. Close up, book on a desk
6. Wide shot, ECW Director talking to children in a classroom
7. Wide shot, delegation in a classroom
8. Med shot, Alicia Herbert, Director of Education, Gender and Equality Directorate at the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office
9. Wide shot, delegation in a classroom
10. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Liubovi Sinovskaia, refugee from Ukraine:
“It was very hard, we were under bombing for 9 days, we didn't hide in the basement but, then, because we have a small child and another 7-year-old, we ran away.”
11. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Sonea Filonenko, refugee from Ukraine:
“I am in this school for 3 weeks, almost a month. I like here. The school looks like mine, in Odessa.”

13 APRIL 2022, CHISINAU, REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA

12. Wide shot, delegation arrives and enters the Blue Dot, Center for Refugees in Chisinau
13. Med shot, painting drawn by refugee children
14. Wide shot, children playing
15. Close up, ECW Director Yasmine Sherif speaking to a child
16. Close up, hands of a child making a basket from paper
17. Wide shot, paintings drawn by refugee children and children playing
18. Med shot, two refugee girls sitting at a table playing with cards
19. Close up, Yasmine Sherif, Director of Education Cannot Wait, speaking with a child
20. Close up, hands of a kid making a basket from paper
21. Wide shot, refugees taking food from a table
22. Med shot, Yasmine Sherif, Director of Education Cannot Wait, speaking with members of the delegation including UNHCR Representative
23. Med shot, paintings drawn by refugee children
24. SOUNDBITE (English) Yasmine Sherif, Director of Education Cannot Wait:
“We met with the Minister of Education, other government authorities, we have been visiting rural schools and are now in a Blue Dot Center and we see what the international community and local civil society, UNHCR, UNICEF, WFP and civil society can actually do. Education Cannot Wait is providing the First Emergency Response of $1.5 million to support our colleagues on the ground and the Government to continuously deliver education to the children in preschool and school age. This adds to the $5 million for Ukraine which was delivered a month ago because we have to look at this from a regional context.”
25. Wide shot, delegation arriving at the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova
26. Med shot, ECW Director Yasmine Sherif and delegation at round table discussion with Chair of Parliamentary Commission on Education, Liliana Onofrei
27. Wide shot, building of Presidency of Republic of Moldova
28. Med shot, ECW Director Yasmine Sherif and delegation meet with Chair of Parliamentary Commission on Education, Liliana Onofrei
29. Wide shot, building of the Ministry of Education
30. Wide shot, ECW Director Yasmine Sherif and delegation meet with Minister of Education, Anatolie Topala
31. SOUNDBITE Anatolie Topala, Minister of Education of the Republic of Moldova:
“We are in constant contact with several partners and we have established an action plan, and to achieve this action plan, which comes in support of children, we need the support of our partners because we need to integrate children into schools. During their studies, they need support and this support from the partners is very important. At the moment, about 48,000 children (from Ukraine) are in our country, 1,800 children are integrated in educational institutions.”
32. Med shot, ECW Director Yasmine Sherif talking with refugee children in the Creation Center in Chisinau
33. Close up, girl drawing
34. Med shot, ECW Director Yasmine Sherif talking with refugee children in the Creation Center in Chisinau
35. Med shot, two girls sitting in front of table
36. Med shot, members of delegation in the Creation Center for children in Chisinau
37. Med shot, Yasmine Sherif, Director of Education Cannot Wait, and Maysa Jalbout, Senior Education in Emergency Adviser, Theirworld with two refugee girls
38. Various shots, members of delegation in the Creation Center for children in Chisinau
39. Various shots, ECW Director Yasmine Sherif talking with refugee children in the Creation Center in Chisinau
40. Close up, a boy playing with dough
41. Wide shot, children making art crafts
42. Close up, a girl holding her art craft
43. Wide shot, Yasmine Sherif, Director of Education Cannot Wait, waving good-bye to children

STORYLINE:

Expanding on Education Cannot Wait’s (ECW) US$5 million Ukraine First Emergency Response grant announced in March, ECW today announced a new, initial US$1.5 million allocation to support the education in emergencies response for the Ukraine refugee crisis in Moldova while on mission with strategic partners USAID, FCDO/UKand Theirworld.

This new allocation brings ECW’s total Ukraine crisis education response to US$6.5 million to date. The new grant will be delivered in partnership with the Government of Moldova to ensure refugee children and youth can access safe and protective learning opportunities. Investments will also benefit children in the host communities. The development of the grant will be facilitated through the coordination mechanism established for the education response.

During the high-level mission, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), announced an additional US$18 million contribution to the ECW global trust fund to further support ECW education responses in crisis-impacted countries across the globe. This contribution makes the USA the third largest donor to ECW – the United Nations global fund for education in emergencies and protracted crises – after Germany and the UK.

With an estimated US$30 million funding gap for the emergency education response in Ukraine, ECW calls on donors and strategic partners to urgently provide additional funding to respond to the vast humanitarian crisis unfolding across the region.

According to recent reports, approximately 400,000 people have crossed the border into Moldova fleeing the escalation of the conflict in Ukraine since February. While the majority continued their journey towards other neighboring countries and Western Europe, Moldova hosts today an estimated 100,000 refugees. These include about 50,000 refugee girls and boys, of whom only 1,800 are currently enrolled in school.

“Refugee children from Ukraine have fled a brutal war and have arrived dispossessed and traumatized in Moldova. They are very vulnerable and need immediate support. Public schools are open to refugee children, however the capacity is over-stretched and there is a need for urgent mental health and psycho-social services, sanitation, and teachers to respond to the influx of pre-school and school-aged refugee children. With a coordinated and joint-up response in place in Moldova, we can act with speed and therefore we act now,” said Yasmine Sherif, Director of Education Cannot Wait.

“As a leading donor to Education Cannot Wait, the UK is committed to protecting the right of all children to education, including those affected by crisis. We stand ready to support a coordinated education response for refugee children from Ukraine. Education must be prioritized as an integral part of the ongoing humanitarian response in Ukraine,” said Alicia Herbert, Director of Education, Gender and Equality and Gender Envoy, FCDO.

“For children whose lives have been turned upside down, education offers vital stability and hope for the future. Theirworld will announce additional funding to support refugee education projects in the coming weeks, harnessing its experiences from other emergencies, and campaigning to ensure donors invest 10% of the humanitarian response funding into education,” said Justin van Fleet, President of Theirworld.

“Education is key to refugees living with dignity and is one of the first services requested. We greatly appreciate the support of the Moldovan authorities, teachers and communities in welcoming refugee learners,” said Francesca Bonelli, UNHCR Representative to Moldova.

“COVID-19 school closures have taught us that learning loss amounts to more than days missed in school,” said UNICEF Representative to Moldova Maha Damaj. “In Moldova, UNICEF is working with partners to help refugee children coming in from Ukraine reclaim their learning experience, in a safe and supportive environment, nurturing their resilience against the traumas of war.”

The war is putting children and adolescents living in Ukraine at grave risk. Recent estimates indicate that almost 5 million refugees have fled Ukraine, with an additional 7.1 million people internally displaced. All school-age children in Ukraine have seen their education disrupted by the conflict, and according to the latest estimates, more than 900 education facilities have been destroyed or damaged in the fighting, and as many as 3.3 million school-aged children require urgent humanitarian assistance.

The new ECW allocation will respond to the rapidly evolving situation in support of the Government of Moldova’s normative framework that is allowing the inclusion of refugee children into the national education system. As part of its overall crisis response, the allocation complements ECW’s US$5 million First Emergency Response in Ukraine. ECW works with governments, donors, UN agencies, civil society organizations and other strategic partners to ensure continuity of education for children impacted by the crisis.
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