1. Acting from a rights-based approach
EAC’s focus is on enabling children to fulfil their fundamental right to education by eliminating the obstacles that prevent them from accessing and completing a full course of quality, primary education.
2. Selecting priority countries
EAC undertakes initial research to identify priority countries with large numbers of out of school children, as well as partners with a demonstrated track record of successful interventions in these countries. EAC works with partners by providing technical and financial support to scaleup existing initiatives.
3. Relying on solid analytical underpinnings
EAC undertakes analytical work to identify countries with large numbers of OOSC and bases its decisions of where to work on sound educational data and research from internationally recognised sources. The research and data show national, regional and other disparities, indicate domestic and international investments in education, and note major partners that are active in the area, among other factors that contribute to decision making.
4. Working within the context of national education plans
EAC recognizes that education plays a fundamental role in individual, community and national development, and is a national responsibility. Although EAC does not usually fund governments, it does ensure that the activities it supports are consistent with national education plans.
5. Emphasising quality for retention and learning
EAC is based on the principle that every person has the fundamental right to a quality primary education that will contribute to that individual being able to act on his or her behalf and make informed choices that lead to a dignified and meaningful life.
6. Recognising the power of partnerships
EAC recognises the value of different types of partnership and works with partner organisations to support innovative programs and methods of education for the hardest-to-reach children, especially those affected by poverty, conflict, natural disaster and cultural barriers.
7. Creating added value
With its desire to catalyse and foster acceleration in addressing OOSC, EAC looks for ways to expand existing work with organisations that have a demonstrated track record of successful interventions with OOSC. EAC encourages creative approaches that address the need of OOSC in the context of particular locations, barriers and needs. EAC strives to acknowledge and build upon and around other’s good work—it does not duplicate efforts or “reinvent the wheel”.
8. Requiring ownership and sustainability
EAC promotes and supports the replication, expansion and sustainability of effective strategies that reach large numbers of children and which are firmly grounded in national education plans. Although EAC support is multi-year, it is not a long-term solution. EAC funds are intended to serve as a catalyst for mobilising other funding sources. Each implementing partner must have a sustainability plan that addresses financial and institutional sustainability post-EAC support.
9. Learning from monitoring and evaluation
EAC believes that it is essential to collect, analyse and use data on overcoming the obstacles that children face as they access and successfully complete an education.
10. Advocating for out of school children
EAC, as a partner in the global community, advocates for others to join the movement. EAC promotes OOSC's issues on national, regional and international levels, educating influential stakeholders on the human and economic costs of not educating children.