A PROMISE OF EDUCATION
When Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser announced the Education Above All initiative, no one would have ever imagined the dynamics of the commitment or the huge number of children worldwide missing out on their fundamental right to education.
Education for All, a global programme of Education Above All, is working to address the issues that keep at least 57 million children worldwide from their right to a quality primary education. The programme supports successful initiatives on the ground, providing resources and support efforts around the globe that provide quality primary education. EAC also works with governments and third parties in countries to prioritise the importance of addressing the out-of-school children issue.
According to Education Above All CEO Marcio Barbosa, since HH Sheikha Moza took on this initiative less than six months ago, a lot has been done. EAC was already supporting primary education for 500,000 pupils through 25 co-funded projects in Africa, the Middle East, Asia and South America. EAC's target of supporting 2 million out-of-school children to enrol in quality education programmes this academic year is on track, with the goal of reaching 10 million by the end of the 2015-2016 school year.
Barbosa said: “A key part of EAC's mandate is to advocate for prioritising enrolment and retention in primary education for marginalised children in regions suffering from conditions such as poverty, conflict, discrimination or natural disaster. By getting governmental support and endorsement for our projects we are creating the conditions for a long-term cooperation and a sustainable operation.”
As a part of this goal, education ministers and high-ranking delegations from 15 EAC priority countries including Algeria, Angola, Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ghana, Mali, Morocco, Niger, Nigeria, the Philippines, South Africa, Tanzania, Yemen and Zanzibar will be in Doha to discuss ways of collaboration. The high-level ministerial meeting will see attendance from countries that are presently not working with EAC but need to address prevailing challenges to bring children into the primary education system.