Minister Fleming confirms additional funding for education in emergencies
Press release16 February 2023
Ireland will increase its funding for education in humanitarian emergencies, Minister for International Development and Diaspora Seán Fleming announced today.
Ireland is now committed to providing €4.5 million annually to support the work of Education Cannot Wait, the global fund to support education for emergencies. This support will amount to €18 million in the period to 2026.
Speaking at a pledging session for Education Cannot Wait, Minister Fleming said:
“Too often, those hit hardest by crisis are those who were already furthest behind. From our own history in Ireland, we know that investing in these children, and investing in education, is an investment in our shared future. Ireland is committing today to provide €4.5 million annually to support the work of Education Cannot Wait, for a total of €18 million by 2026."
“Our contribution is part of our joint efforts as Team Europe, the EU and its Member States, to promote the right to quality education, for children and youth in the most vulnerable situations."
“We will continue supporting Education Cannot Wait in its mission to give these children hope for the future.”
Ireland has been a proud member and supporter of Education Cannot Wait since 2019.
Conflict, hunger, and climate crises are having a huge impact on the education of more and more children across the world. Those hit hardest by crisis are those who were already furthest behind.
Through partnerships like this, Ireland’s Official Development Assistance can help respond to the worst crises. Education Cannot Wait is already responding to the education needs of children affected by the recent devastating earthquake in Türkiye and Syria.
16 February 2023