“Now there are those who say, yes, education is important, but first we must pave these roads or train these doctors or build these houses. I know there are competing priorities. But, I say give me 10 reasons why educating the world’s out-of-school children can wait, and I’ll give you 10 million reasons why it can’t”. Her Highness and UN SDG advocate Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser stated last week at an event at the New York Public Library to celebrate the achievements of her foundation’s Education Above All (EAA) global programme –Educate a Child (EAC).
The event was organised with UNICEF and brought together Aide et Action International – as an implementing partner and lead of the Cambodian Consortium for Out of School Children (CCOSC) – with the UN Secretary-General António Guterres, important stakeholders in world education, other heads of international NGOs, global industry and internationally recognised celebrities. They gathered to celebrate the momentous achievement by EAA, in helping 10 million of the most marginalised out-of-school children to receive quality, primary education.
While thanking partners of EAA, HH Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser, announced that 10 million out-of-school children in some of the most challenging situations around the world, were now receiving a quality primary education. She declared:
“We did not achieve this remarkable goal by snapping our fingers or by just writing cheques. EAA’s Educate A Child programme has over 80 global partners, and operates with 42 of them in 50 countries, to tackle the barriers to education and close the gap on the 63 million out-of-school children”.
Over the next five years, EAC will expand its existing programmes and implement new ones. At Aide et Action International we look forward to significantly reducing the number of children worldwide who are denied their right to education… we’d like to hope for zero.
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