At the global level, the programs will be managed, coordinated, and monitored by the Technical Support Section at UNHCR HQs.
For example, in Chad (to address the conflict in Darfur), the partners include the International Rescue Committee, Care, Christian Children's Fund, INTERSOS, and CORD. In Colombia (to address the conflict in Colombia), UNHCR's partners in the education sector are Centro de Investigación y Educación Popular, Comitato Internazionale per lo Sviluppo dei Popoli, Consultoría de Derechos Humanos y el Desplazamiento, Fundación Compartir, Dos Mundos, Opción Legal, and ILSA. In Syria (to address the conflict in Iraq), UNHCR partners with the Ministry of Education, Norwegian Refugee Council, Danish Refugee Council, and Save the Children UK In Jordan (to address the conflict in Iraq), UNHCR partners with Save the Children US.
Close collaboration between all partners will lead to the development and implementation of multi-pronged strategies based on short and longer term assistance, providing support to expand school absorption capacity, increase the quality of education, including through training of teachers, provision of school material/equipment, outreach and direct support to families and children at risk, and community mobilization.
In addition, commitment partners have committed to provide these services:
- Sir Martin Sorrell, WPP - Commits to raise awareness and support through communications.
- Maria Eitel and Hannah Jones, Nike Foundation and Nike Inc. - Commit to support the integration of sports (with an emphasis on girls) into the education programs of UNHCR.
- Martin Varsavsky, Fon - Commits to transform Ninemillion into a global movement.
- Rob Conway, GSM Association - Commits to provide refugees with access to the internet.
- Luol Deng, Basketball player and Ninemillion supporter - Commits to raise awareness and support for Ninemillion.
- Jeffrey Joerres, Manpower - Commits to provide skills assessments and employment opportunities for resettled refugees.
- John Dau, Lost Boy of Sudan and Ninemillion.org supporter - Commits to raise awareness and support.
- Pamela Passman, Microsoft - Commits to provide support for access to community technology centers to enhance education and vocational training.
- Gene Sperling and the Education Partnership for Children of Conflict (Affiliated with the Center for Universal Education at the Council on Foreign Relations) - Commits to promote private and foundation funding for specific model education projects for refugee and conflict-affected children and youth.
UNHCR will use the following measures to assess progress:
- Number of children enrolled and retained in school, by gender.
- Number of schools rehabilitated/constructed.
- Number of teachers recruited and trained by gender.
- Number and type of school material and equipment procured.
- Number of adolescents enrolled in vocational and life skills training, by gender.
- Number of sport facilities rehabilitated/constructed.
- Number of participants, boys and girls, in sports and sport for life-skills activities.
- Number of education committees formed and youth club established.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres, has referred to CGI as the inspiration for this new initiative. The geographical focus of this initiative will be on key emergencies such as Iraq, Darfur, and Colombia.
Nine million refugee children have been identified by the UN Refugee Agency as the most vulnerable group of people in the world today. Forced to flee their homes because of war, hatred, and persecution, their situation is critical. The world needs to act now to give these children a future, to give them hope, to give them back their childhood. Education is central to any lasting solution in places like Darfur, Iraq, and Colombia where children are innocent victims. Without an education they are in grave danger. They are vulnerable to child labor, forced military recruitment, and sexual exploitation. Education can be their protection and their future.
Education (plus) builds on the UNHCR's Ninemillion.org campaign, the agency's flagship program to bring education and sports to more than nine million refugee children. Education (plus) will build upon existing UNHCR programs and implementation arrangements with country level partners to achieve the following three strategic objectives: increase awareness, responsibility and advocacy for sports, and access to education and technology; facilitate children's increased access to quality protective services, with special emphasis on girls; and strengthen the capacity of community organizations to design, implement, and monitor children's programming.
This commitment will provide education programs to nine million refugee children by 2010 by raising $220 million for refugee education.