Group Chief Executive Officer of Qatar Airways, HE Akbar Al Baker, handed over the cheque to Educate A Child representatives in a ceremony held at the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), which is taking place from 4 to 6 November 2014 at the Qatar National Convention Center (QNCC). Chief Executive Officer of EAA, Marcio Barbosa, said:
Qatar Airways is a special partner, a leading Qatari company supporting a Qatar-based international NGO. We appreciate the resources that Al Baker and the Qatar Airways team have put towards raising awareness of the issue of out of school children and their financial contribution towards accelerating our efforts to close the gap.’
The funds will go towards benefitting children in co-funded education programmes in more than 30 countries worldwide toward EAC’s vision of a world where every individual has the opportunity to learn through a quality education.
EAA was launched in 2012 by HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser as a catalyst to help break down the barriers preventing children from being in school. EAC is working with global and local organisations to turn commitments into action. In remarks made at the ceremony, Al Baker said:
Qatar Airways is honoured to be a communications partner for the Educate A Child programme, championing its messages to a worldwide audience through our travelling public. The funds presented today symbolise the overwhelming support received from our passengers, together with the matched funds from Qatar Airways, and highlights the enthusiasm which this programme has drawn from all corners of the globe.’
The funds represent a commitment made by Qatar Airways to match funds donated by passengers aboard its flights in seatback envelopes. Cabin crew introduce the EAC programme and invite passengers to donate any amount, in any currency. The collection programme started following a memorandum of understanding between EAC and Qatar Airways in April 2013, and continues on today.
Qatar Airways is a resource partner of EAC, leveraging the airline’s communications platforms and reach via over 23 million passengers per year to 145 destinations worldwide to advance the goals of EAC. Funds collected via this partnership go towards EAC projects active in countries affected by poverty, conflict, gender discrimination and natural disaster. To date, more than 2.5 million children have access to education programmes thanks to projects co-funded by EAC.