Education Cannot Wait Issues New US $ 2.5 Million Grant in Chad in Response to Expanding Refugee Crisis; ECW Investments in Chad Now Total US $ 36 Million – Chad

Delivered by UNHCR and local strategic partners, the First Emergency Response grant will reach 14,000 refugee and host-community children and adolescents.

12 May 2022, New York – In response to an increase in inter-community violence in Cameroon that has triggered an expanding refugee crisis in neighboring Chad, Education Cannot Wait (ECW) announced today US $ 2.5 million in grant funding for a new education in emergencies response that will reach 14,547 hosts community and refugee children and adolescents in Chad’s border region. The new funding brings ECW’s total investments in Chad to US $ 36 million to date.

The 12-month grant will be delivered by UNHCR with local strategic partners and will support access to education through the inclusion of refugee children in the National Education System in the provinces of N’Djamena and Chari Baguirmi. The investment will reach over 7,700 girls and 1,400 children with disabilities, with targeted interventions for 2,200 pre-primary, 9,400 primary and 2,800 secondary-level students.

In August and December 2021, a wave of violence erupted in Cameroon’s Far North region. The escalating conflict is a result of growing communal tensions around the Lake Chad Basin as the region grapples with the immense challenges of endemic poverty, weak public services, chronic insecurity caused by protracted armed conflicts, and the evolving threats of climate change, environmental degradation and competition over scarce resources.

“Violence, poverty, the climate crisis, COVID-19 and other connected emergencies put these children and adolescents at serious risk. Fleeing their homes and often separated from their families, these girls and boys are especially vulnerable to exploitation and abuse. We must ensure their human rights and provide them with the security, hope and opportunity of a quality education, ”said Yasmine Sherif, Director of Education Cannot Wait, the United Nations global fund for education in emergencies and protracted crises.

The climate crisis is a reality in this region of the Sahel where temperatures are rising 1.5 times faster than the global average and the UN estimates that 80% of farmland is degraded. Over the past 60 years, the surface of Lake Chad, of which the Logone River is one of the main tributaries, has decreased by as much as 95%.

“With over 60% of newly arrived refugees being children, a strong education response is fundamental to ensuring the protection and well-being of the population. Schooling provides not only academics, but also physical safety, psychological support, and socioemotional stability for children facing displacement, trauma and uncertainty. This investment, with its focus on girls’ empowerment and inclusive education for children with disabilities, will change the lives of these children and the host communities welcoming them, ”said Pope Kysma Sylla, UNHCR Representative in Chad.

The recent major outbreak of violence forced tens of thousands of refugees to flee into neighboring Chad in August and December 2021, while around 40,000 people were displaced within Cameroon. Chad hosts over half a million ‘people of concern’ and 45,000 refugees from Cameroon – among them, more than 20,000 children – according to UNHCR. While the Government of Chad has committed to offering refugee children and adolescents the right to access the National Education System, the arrival of new refugees is straining local resources.

The ECW investment supports teacher training including on topics specific to mental health and psychosocial support, gender-responsiveness, gender-based violence and inclusive teaching methodologies. The grant will also support the construction of classrooms, administrative offices, and latrines to ensure that children, specifically girls, have access to toilets and boreholes for drinking water at school. In line with the community-based approach, funding will enhance Parent-Teacher Associations, Mothers Associations and Girls’ Clubs in schools.

This new ECW First Emergency Response will build on existing ECW investments in Chad, including results delivered through ECW’s Multi-Year Resilience Program. In February 2020, ECW announced US $ 21 million in funding to support the multi-year program, which seeks to mobilize a total of US $ 51 million to support quality education for 230,000 crisis-affected children and adolescents. ECW investments in Chad have included a US $ 10 million Initial Investment, a US $ 1.6 million COVID-19 response issued in April 2020, and a US $ 1 million grant in response to the influx of refugees fleeing violence from the Central African Republic allocated in April 2021 .

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Note to Editors

About Education Cannot Wait (ECW):

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.

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UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agencyis a global organization dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people.

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For press inquiries:
ECW: Anouk Desgroseilliers, adesgroseilliers@un-ecw.org, + 1-917-640-6820

ECW: Kent Page, kpage@unicef.org, + 1-917-302-1735

UNHCR Chad: Aristophane Ngargoune, ngargoun@unhcr.org, 00235 68593010

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