Statement from Yasmine Sherif, Director of Education Cannot Wait, on the deadly attack on a school in Ukraine – Ukraine

NEW YORK, May 8, 2022 – Education Cannot Wait joins the international community in calling for an immediate end to all attacks on children, teachers and schools following the bombing of a school in Bilohorivka, in the area of Luhansk, Ukraine, in which dozens of people are said to have died, including among those who took refuge there.

“I am appalled and outraged by the senseless violence and brutality perpetrated against children, teachers and educational institutions in Ukraine. Attacks on children and schools are serious violations of international law. No matter who or where they are, every effort should be made at all times to keep educational institutions safe and secure and to ensure that children can grow and learn safely.

“Respect for international humanitarian and human rights law, as well as respect for the Safe Schools Declaration, is crucial for our collective humanity. All children have the right to a quality education at all times. Schools, children and teachers must never be targets and must be protected at all times. »

“The war puts the lives of millions of Ukrainian children and adolescents in grave danger, their childhoods being turned upside down and their schooling disrupted. Recent estimates indicate that 5.7 million refugees have fled Ukraine, in addition to 7 million internally displaced persons. According to the latest reports, more than 900 schools have been destroyed or damaged in the fighting. Ensuring that girls and boys can return to school safely, both inside and outside Ukraine, must be a priority.

“We send our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of those killed and wish a speedy and full recovery to all those who were injured.”

ECW Ukraine Emergency Response: Building on ECW’s US$5 million grant for Ukraine’s first emergency response announced in March, ECW announced in April a new initial allocation of US$1.5 million to support education in response to the Ukrainian refugee crisis in Moldova. This new allocation brings ECW’s total education response to the Ukraine crisis to $6.5 million to date. ECW works with governments, donors, UN agencies, civil society organizations and other strategic partners to ensure continuity of education for children affected by crisis.