DFID, Education Above All partner to educate 2m high-risk children
• Nigeria, South Sudan, Kenya and Ghana to benefit
Two million children in high-risk communities will receive primary education after Education Above All’s Educate A Child programme (EAC) and the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID), signed a five-year partnership agreement in London.
The agreement will benefit refugees and internally displaced children in Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, South Sudan, Kenya, Nigeria, and Ghana, where almost 30 per cent of the 59 million out-of-school children globally live in these countries.
Founder and Chairperson of EAA, Her Highness Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser, and Secretary of State for International Development, Member of Parliament (MP) Justine Greening, witnessed the signing of the agreement, which was preceded by a meeting where both discussed the importance of accelerating efforts to enrol out-of-school children in quality education programmes, especially for those living in conflict affected regions.
Naseer emphasised the importance of dedicating resources specifically to support children affected by the Syrian crisis and advocated for the support of alternative educational approaches and modalities to the traditional education system in an effort to alleviate some of the barriers to accessing education.
In his remarks about the partnership, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Education Above All, Fahad Al Sulaiti said: “Primary education is a fundamental right, but millions of children across the globe have no access to quality education. We are thrilled to be partnering with the UK government, which is a powerful agent for change in the developing world, on this important endeavour. We hope that others will be inspired by the example set by EAC and DFID and invest in the future of the world’s children.”
The partnership is an innovative way to tackle funding for education, where each side will operate according to its strengths. While the DFID focus on funding government systems, and EAC will focus on funding local and international non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and UN agency projects to maximise the pledge’s impact for the world’s most vulnerable children.
Typically, Education Above All invests USD 100 per child. So, working together with its partners, would provide quality primary education for some of the world’s most-hard to reach children.
Minister of State, UK Department for International Development (DFID), Desmond Swayne, in his remarks said: “Investing in education is absolutely fundamental to tackling extreme poverty and building secure, sustainable communities. For children, an education is their first step to being able to take control of their lives and build the future they want. No child should miss out on this opportunity simply because of where they happen to be born.
“The UK has helped give a quarter of a million children affected by the Syria crisis an education and the Syria conference aims to achieve this for all children in the region. Our partnership with Education Above All will ensure that vulnerable children in low income and developing countries, as well as those affected by conflict, don’t miss out on the chance to go to school and the hope for a better future.”
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