Education Above All Foundation (EAA) will open its second EAA Village edition at the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) on 4 November 2014.

The EAA Village at WISE, taking place over three days at the Qatar National Convention Centre, will see a number of sessions and events which will bring to the fore key issues on barriers to education as well as showcase EAA’s workaround the world.

EAA’s village events will include a session moderated by EAA’s Al Fakhoora programme on the first day 4 November 2014, during which the importance of reconstruction of educational facilities in Gaza will be discussed. Nasser Faqih, from UNDP Palestine, Muneeb Abu-Ghazaleh from Islamic Relief Worldwide will be among the speakers.

A session dedicated to the important role of education in the lives of explorers, athletes and adventurers will take place on 5 November 2014 at the EAA Village. Qatari athletes will participate in this multi-generational panel, where the importance of volunteerism and social responsibility as tools to fight poverty will be emphasised.

Other sessions at the EAA Village will include discussions on the impact of armed conflict on education in sub-Saharian Africa, and in the MENA region, during which Dr. Maryan Qasim, former Minister of Human Development and Public Services, Somalia, Dr Tariq Cheema President, World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists, United States, and Dr. Abla Amawi, UNWOMEN Egypt Country Director will participate.

Films and documentaries will be screened at the EAA village, which will portray the barriers and challenges faced by children seeking an education.

EAA is a global initiative founded in 2012 by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser of Qatar. EAA’s aim is to build a global movement that contributes to human, social and economic development through quality education and other welfare programmes and initiatives. With a particular focus on areas affected by poverty, conflict and disaster, EAA champions the needs of children and youth and empower them to be active members of their communities. By meeting the demand for education, EAA equips them to support sustainable development and to nurture environments of peace, security, justice and prosperity. EAA is the umbrella organisation overseeing three core programmes: Educate A Child, Al Fakhoora and Protect Education in Insecurity and Conflict (PEIC), as well as one special project, the Kakuma Project.