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Clinton Global Initiative Announces Historic Education Partnership for Children of Conflict
Detail: The recently concluded third annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative, a non-partisan catalyst for action bringing together a community of global leaders to devise and implement innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges, procured eighteen commitments to reach one million children in conflict, post-conflict refugee and emergency situations.

The Education Partnership for Children of Conflict has committed to placing 350,000 out of school children in school and improving the learning environment, safety, materials and teacher quality for another 650,000 students—including 200,000 Iraqi refugees and 300,000 children affected by the crisis in Darfur.

Joining in announcing the extraordinary education commitments were representatives of the following organizations:

· The Valentino Achak Deng Foundation Committed $1.2 million to build a boarding school in Valentino’s home village in southern Sudan.
· UNICEF has teamed up with Microsoft, the International Rescue Committee and Hewlett Packard to launch a new $30 million distance learning initiative that will help 150,000 displaced children, including children affected by the Iraq conflict and children in the occupied Palestinian territories.
· The International Rescue Committee is also committing to expand its field-tested Healing Classrooms Initiative to help 70,000 children in Afghanistan and 41,000 children affected by the Darfur genocide.
· The Save the Children Alliance is committing to expand education programs in places like Jordan and Lebanon to serve Iraqi refugees; and in Darfur and Southern Sudan.
· The Sesame Workshop has committed to launch Sesame Street Afghanistan to teach Afghan children not only to read but to understand words like “tolerance” and “reconciliation.”
· American Jewish World Service has reached far and wide to their grass-roots members to raise $2.2 million to support education in Darfur, Sri Lanka, Burma, and Guatemala.
· The Norwegian Refugee Council will expand its innovative accelerated learning programs to serve over 100,000 out-of-school youth in Southern Sudan and Iraqi refugees in Lebanon and Syria.
· The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation has committed an additional $3 million to help expand the IRC’s education work in Northern Uganda.
· Unbound Philanthropy has committed to fund $500,000 in education projects developed through the Partnership.
· The Escuela Nueva Foundation is spreading its philosophy of holistic child-centered education to nearly 9,000 children in war-affected areas of Colombia.
· The Center for Mind Body Medicine commits to provide psychological counseling and support to 25,000 war-traumatized schoolchildren in Gaza to allow them to effectively learn in the classroom.
· The GSM Association is working with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to bring wireless connectivity to help train teachers and improve learning in northern Uganda.
· UNHCR, in partnership with Nike, Microsoft and the WPP Group, is using CGI to re-launch—an internet portal designed to help provide education and sports to all refugee children
Source: Press release from Clinton Foundation Press Office, September 26, 2007
Date: September 29 2007