Millions allocated to Venezuelan education emergency

Updated: Mar 24, 2021

Education Cannot Wait
The program serves refugees and others forcibly displaced, as well as their host-communities in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. PHOTO: ImageCollab

An amount of US$27.2 million in catalytic investment grants will be allocated by a global fund dedicated to education in emergencies and protracted crises, for multi-year resilience programs in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. Education Cannot Wait (ECW) made the announcement on 3 December in response to the ongoing situation where countries are receiving large numbers of children and families fleeing violence and instability in Venezuela.

Yasmine Sherif, director of Education Cannot Wait, says the three-year education multi-year resilience programs will reach over 350 000 Venezuelan and host-community children and youth to ensure continued access to inclusive, equitable quality education. She says the dire situation in Venezuela has forced about five million refugees and migrants as of March 2020 outside their country of origin with millions of girls and boys out of schools, seeking safety in other countries in the region.

“These children and youth can now