“Our approach is succeeding. Since the program began, we and our partners, have made commitments to offer opportunities to 5 million children. We have agreements with development agencies and private sector organisations across the world. We are advocating placing primary education as the first priority in global giving campaigns… But we alone cannot reach the millions more children who deserve this chance. To reach our goals, we need like-minded partners, we need expertise, and we need more financial resources.”
– Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser speech in Incheon, Korea (May 2015)
Education is a key building block of human life. It expands horizons, unlocks opportunities and enables human beings to reach their fullest potential. For children affected by poverty, inequality, conflict and disasters, education offers opportunities for a better future. Millions of children around the world dream of pursuing an education but are prevented from doing so by external circumstances. Faced with seemingly insurmountable barriers, these children miss out on schooling during a critical period of their development and these gaps in their education can have life-altering consequences.
Today, there are nearly 60 million out of school children (OOSC) in the world. Educate A Child (EAC), a programme of Education Above All Foundation, was created in 2012 in response to this pressing crisis. EAC reflects Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser’s commitment to those who cannot access primary education and her inspiring mission to bring quality education programmes to 10 million out of school children by end of school year 2016.
Today we have commitments to enrol 6 million Out of School Children.
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