Education Cannot Wait


Yasmine Sherif, Director of Education Cannot Wait

Education Diplomacy is fundamental to ensuring girls in vulnerable settings are able to overcome the complex, systemic barriers they face that inhibit access to quality education in emergency and fragile contexts. Yasmine Sherif, a model Education Diplomat and Director of Education Cannot Wait, describes the diplomatic steps—such as consensus-building and accountability—needed to transform political commitments into actions that provide girls with safety and protection, fulfillment of their rights, access to schools, and opportunities to reach their full potential. Ms. Sherif emphasizes that Education Diplomats such as herself play a key role in ensuring girls and women have the platforms to be heard and to be a bridge for sharing their authentic stories.

Education Cannot Wait (ECW) is the first global fund dedicated to education in emergencies and protracted crisis. More information about the education challenges children and youth face in fragile contexts and the collaborative work of ECW with governments, humanitarian actors, and development stakeholders can be found at their website: