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October 27, 2016

Georgetown Student Advocates for Access to Education at UN

Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q) student Dana Al-Anzy (SFS ’17) was in New York recently, where she attended the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly.
Al-Anzy, who is a youth advocate for Education Above All (EAA), was there to promote the right of access to education for children around the world.EAA, an initiative founded in 2012 by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, aims to build a global movement that contributes to human, social and economic development through the provision of quality education. The initiative particularly focuses on the needs of children, women and the youth affected by poverty, conflict and disaster, and aims to empower them to become active community members.

“My role on the team was to represent Qatari youth and indicate their active involvement through our training and projects in the field of access to education,” said Al-Anzy of her participation in the recent UN meeting.

“Education alone is not enough. For it to be effective, it needs to sit alongside economic empowerment, leadership skills and psychosocial support. This is a model unique to EAA that is not just about supporting individuals to improve their lives, but building the skills of whole communities to build a better future. My aim was to relay these messages continuously on a platform where political leaders and influencers existed to insist for change and action. A shift in ideas is the first step towards creating change - and what better way to shift the narrative on youth and education than by hearing from youth and a student herself?”.

Al-Anzy has been part of the EAA youth advocacy program since her first year at GU-Q, which has enabled her to benefit from training in leadership skills, vocational skills, cultural sensitivity, project management and facilitation, to support her work with the organization.

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