The MacArthur Foundation decided a year ago to put a large amount of funding into a program that would “have a bold solution to a critical problem of our time.” The competition garnered hundreds of proposals, most of which were comprised of partnerships. Four finalists were announced in September 2017, and in December the nod went to the Sesame Workshop and the International Rescue Committee (IRC) for their solution to educating refugee children caught up in the war in Middle East violence. They will use the money to implement an “evidence-base, early childhood development intervention designed to address the ‘toxic stress’ experienced by children in the Syrian response region – Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Syria.
MacArthur President Julia Stasch stated, “We are compelled to respond to the urgent Syrian refugee crisis by supporting what will be the largest early childhood intervention program ever created in a humanitarian setting.”
The current focus of Women Graduates-USA programming is on greater understanding and advocacy for refugee children to gain access to education. This is indeed a wonderful sign that others – who have the means – are concerned as well. We congratulate the MacArthur Foundation.
To read the press release at the MacArthur website, click here.