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Clinton Global Initiative Announces Historic Education Partnership for Children of Conflict

September 26, 2007

New York, NY – This afternoon, President Clinton announced a historic education partnership to address the needs of children living 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.

"There is no doubt that by expanding and improving access to education we will have a profound opportunity to positively impact some of the world’s must vulnerable children," said President Clinton. "This is a commitment that perfectly showcases that CGI is about getting results, not just talking about them."

Joining President Clinton in announcing the extraordinary education commitments were representatives of each of the following contributing 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

The Clinton Foundation press office is available to help arrange interviews with the CGI Members who have played a role in this partnership.

About the Clinton Global Initiative
The Clinton Global Initiative is a project of the William J. Clinton Foundation that brings together a community of global leaders to devise and implement innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges. CGI has approximately 1,000 members, diverse and influential leaders from all over the world, who make tangible commitments to create or support projects within CGI’s areas of focus. During the three-day Annual Meeting, attendees participate in workshops and meetings focused on four main topics: Global Heath, Education, Poverty Alleviation, and Energy & Climate Change. Attendees are required to make specific commitments to address one of the topics and report back to President Clinton on the progress made throughout the course of the year. Attendees who do not make or keep their commitment will not be invited to attend future meetings.

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