UN / ECW ANNUAL REPORT

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Launching the Education Cannot Wait’s (ECW) new Annual Results Report, Director Yasmine Sherif told journalists in New York that there are 78.2 million children in conflict affected areas “that don’t even go to school,” while another 190 million receive some education “but can’t read and write, they can’t do math.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 23 AUGUST 2022, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, UN flag outside UN Headquarters

23 AUGUST 2022, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, press room dais
3. Wide shot, journalists
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Yasmine Sherif, Director, Education Cannot Wait:
“There are 78.2 million children and youth in these very harsh circumstances of conflict that don't even go to school. They don't go to school, okay? And then we have 119 million. Yeah, they go to something that may be called a school. They can't read and write. They can't do math. They have not, they can't even achieve the minimum competencies in mathematics or reading.”
5. Med shot, journalists
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Yasmine Sherif, Director, Education Cannot Wait:
“Our report for the last year, 2021, titled ‘We Have Promises to Keep and Miles to Go Before We Sleep” - to paraphrase Robert Frost - because that's the reality, we have made promises through the Sustainable Development Goal 4 and through human rights conventions, that every child, even if you're left furthest behind, in conflict, in emergencies, climate induced disaster, as a refugee, we promised them a quality education.”
7. Wide shot, press room dais
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Yasmine Sherif, Director, Education Cannot Wait:
“In one year, we have reached 3.7 million children and adolescents who live in the darkest corners of the world, whether in militia-controlled areas of Central African Republic, where they are in Syria in the countryside, in Aleppo, or they are in Mali, Bamako, or in chard or in the Democratic Republic of Congo, even in Afghanistan, 3.7 million with a holistic quality education.”
9. Wide shot, press room dais
10.SOUNDBITE (English) Yasmine Sherif, Director, Education Cannot Wait:
“Our programs have not been stopped. The Agha Khan Foundation has been Afghanistan for decades, is still implementing as is the Swedish committee for Afghanistan. And I also want to point out that not all Taliban are against girls’ secondary education. I have spoken, of course, informally as we do, because we have to engage, and there are those who want to see their own secondary girls or adolescent girls go to school.”
11. Wide shot, press room dais

STORYLINE:

Launching the Education Cannot Wait’s (ECW) new Annual Results Report, Director Yasmine Sherif today (23 Aug) told journalists in New York that there are 78.2 million children in conflict affected areas “that don’t even go to school,” while another 190 million receive some education “but can’t read and write, they can’t do math.”

Sherif said the 2021 report, is titled ‘We Have Promises to Keep and Miles to Go Before We Sleep’ because “that's the reality, we have made promises through the Sustainable Development Goal 4 and through human rights conventions, that every child, even if you're left furthest behind, in conflict, in emergencies, climate induced disaster, as a refugee, we promised them a quality education.”

She said, in one year, ECW has reached 3.7 million children and adolescents “who live in the darkest corners of the world, whether in militia-controlled areas of Central African Republic, where they are in Syria in the countryside, in Aleppo, or they are in Mali, Bamako, or in chard or in the Democratic Republic of Congo, even in Afghanistan, 3.7 million with a holistic quality education.”

Asked about the situation in Afghanistan since the Taliban took over the government, Sherif said, “our programs have not been stopped. The Agha Khan Foundation has been Afghanistan for decades, is still implementing as is the Swedish committee for Afghanistan. And I also want to point out that not all Taliban are against girls’ secondary education. I have spoken, of course, informally as we do, because we have to engage, and there are those who want to see their own secondary girls or adolescent girls go to school.”

Education Cannot Wait (ECW) is the United Nations global, billion-dollar fund for education in emergencies and protracted crises.
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