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Education Above All Foundation and UNHCR Partner to Enroll More Out of School, Refugee Children

Education Above All Foundation and UNHCR Partner to Enroll More Out of School, Refugee Children

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EAA Foundation and UNHCR have enrolled more than 1.6 million out of school refugee children and youth in 14 countries
 
Doha, Qatar 29 April 2024 - UNHCR, the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and global development organisation Education Above All (EAA) Foundation have signed a new five-year agreement aimed at addressing the global challenge of out of school children (OOSC), including refugees, internally displaced persons and host community children. The new agreement builds on the success of enrolling more than 1.6 million OOSC in 14 countries globally since 2012.
 
The strategic partnership agreement signed in Doha by UNHCR High Commissioner, Filippo Grandi and EAA Foundation CEO, Fahad Al Sulaiti will focus on supporting, promoting, and protecting the right to education for children and youth, especially in conflict affected countries. The partnership will expand access to quality education for many more vulnerable children worldwide. This initiative aligns closely with Sustainable Development Goal 4, which advocates for inclusive and quality education for all by 2030.
 
“There are more than seven million refugee children currently out of school who will be left behind if they do not have access to education,” said UNHCR High Commissioner, Filippo Grandi. “This is why Education Above All Foundation’s ongoing commitment to education is so critical to ensure the right to education for all children forced to flee. Together, we are opening doors to new opportunities and brighter futures for refugee children.'
 
Commenting on the partnership, Fahad Al Sulaiti, CEO of EAA Foundation, stated, “The alliance between UNHCR and EAA Foundation is testament to the power of strong partnerships. Together, we have achieved remarkable results. Education knows no boundaries; it is key to unlocking potential and shaping brighter futures for all.  Through our joint efforts, we are working to create a world where equality and opportunity in education are more readily available; enriching lives and transforming communities.”
 
In addition to increased OOSC enrolment, joint projects between EAA and UNHCR have demonstrated varied and significant impact through policy change in a number of countries, increased community resources through the construction of new schools and classrooms, employment opportunities, teacher training, and financial/material support to children and their families.  The collaboration has also facilitated sports programmes to boost enrolment and retention, enhance wellbeing and foster social cohesion and inclusion.
 
Global advocacy to raise awareness on the importance of education for refugees and promote the accreditation of their qualifications has also been an important component of the partnership.
 
EAA and UNHCR aim to continue working at scale with impacts reaching beyond its core OOSC enrolments to include policy enhancements and improvements in education systems alongside ongoing advocacy and continued support for the recognition of refugee education qualifications.  

 


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