HH Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser, UN Secretary-General António Guterres and leaders from the United Nations, non-government organisations and the global industry, including Ghana President Nana Akufo-Addo and model philanthropist Naomi Campbell, celebrate an important milestone in addressing a growing global challenge.
HH Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser, UN SDG advocate, and Founder and Chairperson of Education Above All (EAA) Foundation, alongside partners, announced that 10 million out-of-school children living under the most challenging situations around the world will receive quality primary education.
In an event that gathered world leaders at the New York Public Library, Sheikha Moza shared that they did not achieve their goal by simply snapping their fingers or just writing checks. In fact, EAA’s Educate A Child programme has over 80 global partners, and operates with 42 of them in 50 countries, to tackle the barriers to education and close the gap on the 63 million out of school children.
I have watched as schools were built from scratch… I have listened to lessons taught under the shade of a tree. The desire to learn is one of the most powerful forces of human nature. And it is in every child. Helping children fulfil that innate desire is the responsibility of us all.’
With a total of over US$1.8 billion invested to reach the milestone, EAC has already enrolled over 6 million children worldwide in areas affected by poverty, discrimination, natural disaster, and conflict. Securing commitments to reach 10 million fulfils Sheikha Moza’s 2012 promise and demonstrates that progress is possible, even amidst the worsening education crisis.
Sheikha Moza is calling for more partners to replicate and scale up EAC’s successful formula as according to her, the world is not yet a safe place… Millions of children are still waiting and in desperate need of help.
Let’s work together to ensure a better future for all of them and for the world we share. Believe me, it is possible.’
Our dream of a sustainable future cannot be realised if we do not support our children’s dreams for an education. When we educate a child we give them more than books, papers, pencils or calculator. We give them the tools, skills and imagination to shape the world around them, making their community, and their society, better, more prosperous and more peaceful.’
The event has brought together high-level attendees as well as international and local NGO, development agencies, development banks, governments and private sector companies from countries as widespread as Bangladesh, Brazil, India, Kenya, Palestine, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
EAC works side-by-side with children, their families, communities, governments and partners, to identify barriers to education and support children. This successful partnership approach allows for EAC to take local knowledge and expertise from the community itself and scale it up using multi-sector solutions.
Educate A Child has focused on enrolling hard-to-reach marginalised children, children in poverty, or those who face social or cultural barriers to education, and children living in crisis and conflict-affected environments. Examples of successful programmes that are being implemented include:
- Children living in rural remote areas far from school buildings, such as nomadic populations in Mali
- Children living in areas where the natural environment is challenging, such as the floodplains of Bangladesh
- Children living in conflict-affected areas where schools cannot operate, such as Syria and Yemen
- Children living in densely populated urban areas where schools may be over-crowded and dangerous, such as the favelas of Rio de Janeiro
- Children living in severe poverty and may have to work instead of going to school, such as children in domestic labour in Haiti.
For more information, visit EducationAboveAll.org