About the Partnership
Founded in 2006 by Angelina Jolie, Special Envoy to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and Gene Sperling, Founder of the Center for Universal Education, the Education Partnership for Children of Conflict (EPCC) is an ongoing effort to improve the profile, policies and funding for organizations on the ground working to make education a reality for the millions out-of-school children in conflict-affected regions. Jolie and Sperling officially launched the Partnership at the 2007 Clinton Global Initiative, announcing commitments from 19 world renowned organizations to educate more than one million children affected by conflict in 15 countries around the world. The commitments included supporting education for displaced Iraqi refugee children, young people affected by the Darfur genocide, girls and youth in rural Afghanistan, and other groups affected by conflict across Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East.
The Founders have personally supported education projects for children of conflict from Afghanistan to Sudan, the United States to Iraq, and Kenya to most recently Pakistan.
What We Do
The Education Partnership for Children of Conflict works to support non-profit organizations and individuals committed to increasing access to quality education for children of conflict. The Partnership believes that education is a vital part of a comprehensive humanitarian strategy for conflict, post-conflict, refugee and emergency settings. Yet education in emergencies and post-conflict settings too often falls through the cracks, overlooked because it is not seen as “life-saving” assistance. We beg to differ. Education for children of conflict is perhaps more consequential for ending the cycle of violence and building stable, peaceful societies than any other intervention.
The Partnership connects you to the top organizations working to bring education to children in the most difficult situations. We’re committed to making sure that funds go where they are most needed, so 100% of funds go directly to organizations working on the ground with no overhead or administrative costs. Since its inception, the Education Partnership has worked with over 30 of the most experienced and well-respected organizations in the field to improve access to quality education for children of conflict in more than 20 countries.
The Education Partnership seeks to:
- expand funding for innovative, cutting-edge strategies to educate children in conflict settings
- promote best practices and model programs including those standards developed by the Interagency Network for Education in Emergencies, and
- create greater understanding and momentum for supporting and funding high-quality education for children of conflict.