ECW is committed to collaborating and coordinating responses with other coalition members to ensure that these combined efforts target the most disadvantaged children and adolescents affected by forced displacement, particularly girls and those with disabilities.

Education Cannot Wait

New York City, United States of America
International or regional organization
Established : 2016
Education and COVID-19 Response

Support the equitable continuation of learning
During the COVID-19 pandemic
Ensure a full and fair return to education
Following the pandemic
Strengthen learning systems
For the future
Strengthen gender equality in and through education

The Education Cannot Wait Global Fund (ECW) is a global fund for Education in Emergencies. It works through partners in the country and allocates funds through emergency grants to rapidly deliver holistic education services. In the COVID-19 pandemic in 26 countries/emergency contexts have received funds from ECW.

ECW's partners' intervention mainly aims to alleviate the current COVID-19 crisis by designing the leveling and acceleration strategy, including distance learning through radio/tv, digital learning, home base learning. Engaging teachers, students, and community through community mobilization activities on COVID-19 prevention and communication campaigns to robust work in awareness building and positive behavior change messages in Education alongside other sectors are all pertinent. Provide schools and learning centers with proper water and sanitation facilities for reopening post-COVID-19, and these supplies include school sanitation supplies and hygiene kits for students and teachers. It also offers children psychosocial support in the intervention areas.

Regional Focus


Countries of Interest

Bangladesh, Syrian Arab Republic, Uganda, Mali, Colombia

Member Video

ECW and its partners in the countries are supporting the equitable continuation of learning during the COVID-19 pandemic through available media platforms such as radio/tv or digital learning. The ECW partners are developing various context-specific learning models focusing on different age groups. ECW Partners at the national level, through their response, strengthen the education system in terms of technical assistance and development of learning materials for use nationally and the prioritized territories affected by previous crises/emergencies. ECW partners on the ground are also supporting the governments in terms of strengthening monitoring system in the reopening of safe school post COVID-19.

On a broader level, the partnerships among ECW implementing partners, Governments, and Education sector partners in the country will be leveraged to enable an education system-wide scale-up to respond to the unprecedented extent of the educational disruption. The goal of the ECW COVID-19 Education Response is to ensure children are kept safe and continue learning and to have a lasting positive impact on the education systems in their respective countries.

Action areas

Learner Wellbeing

Learning opportunities
Social and emotional support
Food and nutrition

Digital Learning Content

Provision of books and printed learning materials

Capacity Development

Capacity development to support distance learning
Capacity development to manage the reopening and return to education

Advocacy and Communication

Back-to-school campaigns

Advocacy and Communication

Financial support to beneficiary countries

Primary Contact

Mr. Graham Lang

Senior Adviser, Education

Senior Contact

Ms. Yasmine Sherif

Director | Education Cannot Wait (ECW)