“On behalf of the 222 million crisis-affected girls and boys worldwide who urgently need education support, I am honored and humbled to accept the Mother Teresa Memorial Award for Social Justice.” – ECW Director Yasmine Sherif
MUMBAI, India, Dec. 18, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Harmony Foundation awarded Education Cannot Wait – the United Nations global fund for education in emergencies – with its prestigious Mother Teresa Memorial Award for Social Justice at its Annual Awards Ceremony today in Mumbai, India.
“We are immensely honored to present the prestigious Mother Teresa Memorial Award for Social Justice 2022 to Education Cannot Wait for its tireless, incredible work that endeavors to deliver quality education for crisis-affected children worldwide. We wish them the best in their truly humanitarian endeavors for refugee children, which envision a world that provides quality, inclusive education for them so no one is left behind. Education Cannot Wait has emulated the ethos of the revered Mother Teresa and set a remarkable example of compassion for others to follow,” said Harmony Foundation Founder-Chairman Dr. Abraham Mathai.
Initiated in 2005, the Mother Teresa Memorial Award pays respect to Saint Mother Teresa and honors those who address communal injustice, discrimination and other assaults on our collective humanity. The award recognizes outstanding individuals and organizations promoting peace, harmony and social justice in the world.
Past award winners include: Malala, Dia Murza, Mercy Corps, Priyanka Chopra, H.H. Dalai Lama, UNHCR, Caritas, Dr. Anthony Fauci, H.H. Sayyida Tania bint Shabib Al Said, and many other global advocates and organizations championing the rights of the world’s most vulnerable people.
“On behalf of the 222 million crisis-affected girls and boys worldwide who urgently need education support, I am honored and humbled to accept the Mother Teresa Memorial Award for Social Justice on behalf of Education Cannot Wait and The Rt. Hon. Gordon Brown, Chair 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 provide children and youth in wars, climate disasters and as refugees with the safety, hope and opportunity that only a quality education can provide. Their life 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,” said Yasmine Sherif, Director of Education Cannot Wait.
Education Cannot Wait was founded in 2016 to build a world where all children and adolescents affected by crises can learn free of cost – in safety and without fear – in order to grow, thrive and reach their full potential. Since becoming operational, ECW and its strategic partners have reached more than 7 million children and adolescents through holistic education support.
The Fund works in over 40 crisis-impacted countries worldwide and has mobilized more than US$1.1 billion since its inception. By delivering with humanitarian speed and development depth, ECW and its partners are embracing a new way of working to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals, especially SDG4, which calls for ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all.
The world faces an unprecedented global education crisis. When ECW was founded, 75 million children caught in crises were in need of educational support. Today, that number has tripled to an unacceptable 222 million girls and boys due to armed conflicts, climate-induced disasters, COVID-19, economic uncertainty and other factors that are making matters worse.
ECW and its global strategic partners are calling on governments, donors, the private sector and high-net-worth individuals to urgently mobilize additional resources to realize #222MillionDreams in lead up to the Fund’s High-Level Financing Conference, which will take place in Geneva in February 2023.
Note to Editors
Education Cannot Wait (ECW) is the United Nations global fund for education in emergencies and protracted crises. We support quality education outcomes for refugee, internally displaced and other crisis-affected girls and boys, so no one is left behind. ECW works through the multilateral system to both increase the speed of responses in crises and connect immediate relief and longer-term interventions through multi-year programming. ECW works in close partnership with governments, public and private donors, UN agencies, civil society organizations, and other humanitarian and development aid actors to increase efficiencies and end siloed responses. ECW urgently appeals to public and private sector donors for expanded support to reach even more vulnerable children and youth. The Education Cannot Wait High-Level Financing Conference, co-hosted by ECW and Switzerland, and co-convened with Colombia, Germany, Niger, Norway and South Sudan, will take place February 16-17, 2023, in Geneva.
Additional information available at: www.educationcannotwait.org