Strategic Partner


The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has partnered with EAC to work toward achieving Millennium Development Goal 2, ensuring universal primary education. As a strategic partner UNESCO works with EAC to advance the agenda of out of school children at an international level. In partnership with EAC, UNESCO also implements projects in ten countries to ensure that out of school children complete a full course of primary education.


Since its creation in 1945, UNESCO’s mission has been to contribute to the building of peace, poverty eradication, lasting development and intercultural dialogue, with education as one of its principal activities to achieve this goal. The Organization is committed to a holistic and humanistic vision of quality education worldwide, the realization of everyone’s right to education, and the belief that education plays a fundamental role in human, social and economic development.

UNESCO’s educational objectives are to:

  • support the achievement of Education for All (EFA);
  • provide global and regional leadership in education;
  • strengthen education systems worldwide from early childhood to the adult years; and
  • respond to contemporary global challenges through education.

UNESCO is the only United Nations agency with a mandate to cover all aspects of education. Its work encompasses educational development from pre-school through to higher education, including technical and vocational education and training, non-formal education and literacy. The Organization focuses on increasing equity and access, improving quality, and ensuring that education develops knowledge and skills in areas such as sustainable development, HIV and AIDS, human rights and gender equality. UNESCO works with governments and a wide range of partners to make education systems more effective through policy change. It coordinates the Education for All movement, tracks education trends and raises the profile of educational needs on global development agendas.

Educate A Child works with UNESCO to increase access and participation in primary schools for out of school children, with a particular focus on the Arab and Asia Pacific regions. Launched in 2012, the now complete  EAC and UNESCO Iraq project targeted the enrolment of 30,000 out of school children over three years. In 2014, EAC and the UNESCO Asia Pacific Bureau for Education launched a project to strengthen education systems and enrol 50,000 out of school children in nine countries. In addition, in 2012, EAC and UNESCO concluded a broader institutional collaboration agreement focused on improving data collection, identifying bottlenecks and developing context appropriate results monitoring frameworks, policies and strategies aimed at reducing the number of out-of-school children in select countries.

For information about this EAC partner visit the UNESCO website and UNESCO Bangkok website


Partnership to Support the Secretariat of the Global Education First Initiative (Successfully Completed Project)

In September 2012, the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, launched with world leaders the Global Education First Initiative (GEFI) with the primary objective of elevating the profile of education on the international agenda, spurring renewed efforts by countries, and mobilising resources to realise Education for All (EFA). The Initiative prioritised three focus areas: putting every child in school; improving the quality of learning; and fostering global citizenship.

Strengthening Education System for Out of School Children

The Philippines, Thailand, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Vietnam, Indonesia, Myanmar, Malaysia, and East Timor continue to face challenges in reaching and educating out of school children (OOSC). The EAC-UNESCO Asia Pacific Regional Bureau for Education Strengthening Education Systems for Out of School Children project seeks to enrol and retain 50,000 out of school children in quality primary education programs in the sub-region.

EAC Partnership Iraq (Successfully Completed Project)

The EAC Partnership Iraq project is implemented by the UNESCO's Iraq office and seeks to enroll 30,000 out of school children in four governorates of Iraq in quality primary education programs.