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November 4, 2013

Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser Calls for Collaboration and New Funding to Accelerate Access to Education

Wise-Prize-for-Education-2013.jpgEducate A Child (EAC) and its partners are on track to bring more than two million out of school children into education programs a year on from its launch, and plan to reach 10 million by the end of the 2015 school year.EAC is a program of Education Above All (EAA).

The milestone achievement and target were revealed before a group of international education stakeholders at a plenary session at the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) attended by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson and Founder of EAA, and Chairperson of Qatar Foundation.

Reflecting the need for multi-sectoral collaboration to achieve the goal of ensuring access to a quality education for all, the plenary featured leading experts and stakeholders in education. Commenting on this multi-sectoral approach to support education, Her Highness said: “By bringing the expertise of different partners, we are changing the ecosystem around education and making it sustainable. For instance, in Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya, we are working with organizations that will contribute to the health, employment and energy issues of the camp.”

Launched in 2012 with the aim of significantly reducing the estimated 57 million children worldwide who are denied their fundamental right to education, EAC projects reach countries that account for nearly 70 percent of all out of school children. Its focus is replicating and scaling-up successful quality programs, promoting innovative approaches and encouraging collaboration, to ensure the best outcomes for children and their communities.

The financing gap for education in low-income countries amounts to $26 billion per year according to 2011 OECD figures. To address this, EAA is developing a global resource mobilization model.

Commenting on the need for increased resources for education, Her Highness said: “We need to tap into new sources of funding, from philanthropists to governments. We need all sectors to understand the importance of education, not only as a human right, but as an economic imperative.

“One additional year of schooling increases a child’s potential future earnings by up to 10 percent. So investing in education is an investment in the greatest resources – human resources.”

Filippo Grandi of UNRWA announced the signing of an agreement with Education Above All to provide emergency education to 67,000 Palestinian refugee children affected by the conflict in Syria.Hans-Jürgen Beerfeltz, representing Germany’s donor agency, also announced a strategic partnership with EAA.

To read the full article on the WISE website, please click here.