29.04.2013 - UNESCOPRESS

UNESCO Partners with Educate A Child for Quality Primary Education through UN Global Education First Initiative

© UNESCO/Cynthia Guttman -Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser looks on as UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova and the Chief Executive Officer of Educate A Child Marcio Barbosa conclude an agreement to support the Secretariat of the Global Education First Initiative.

UNESCO today signed an agreement with the Educate A Child (EAC) programme that was launched in November 2012 to support bringing quality primary education to millions of out-of-school children.

The partnership, which is cofounded by the two organisations, is focused on supporting the Secretariat of the Global Education First Initiative, (GEFI), launched by the UN Secretary-General last September.  It will support the Initiative in a range of ways to facilitate coordination and coherent action among the GEFI partners.

The agreement was signed at a High-level Strategic Meeting in Doha focused on accelerating progress towards attaining the second Millennium Development Goal of universal primary education by the end of 2015.

At the meeting, Educate A Child announced several memorandums of understanding and agreements with a range of organisations, including private sector and NGOs. Working with a diverse range of partners allows EAC to catalyse innovative learning solutions for the world’s hardest-to-reach children - those affected by extreme poverty, conflict, natural disaster and prejudice.

“Less than 1,000 days from the 2015 target date for achieving Education for All, we need to act together in a determined, coordinated and high impact manner to tackle the root causes of exclusion, ” said UNESCO's Director-General Irina Bokova. “The agreement that we are signing today with Educate a Child is driven by this spirit of partnership and urgency to accelerate progress.  It gives the GEFI Secretariat hosted by UNESCO widened scope to strengthen political commitment and spur concerted action in support of every child’s right to a quality education.”

Mary Joy Pigozzi, Director of Educate A Child said: “We are delighted to be developing our partnership with UNESCO because of the rich wealth of experience they bring to the area as the UN lead in education. EAC has supported over 600,000 out of school children into learning in its first months of operation. We are confident that by building this new level of collaboration, with partners such as UNESCO, we will be able to reach millions more in the coming years.”




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