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UNICEF signs Project Co-Funding Agreement with Qatar’s “Educate A Child” to bring quality primary education to 600,000 children in Sudan

UNICEF Sudan/2012
© UNICEF Sudan/2012

15 November 2012, Doha, Qatar - UNICEF yesterday signed a five -year agreement with “Educate A Child”, a new initiative from Qatar’s Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, aimed at triggering progress towards the goal of quality primary education for all the world’s children.

The “Educate a Child” initiative is focused on accelerating access to quality primary education for children in Sudan.  “Educate a Child” and UNICEF has concluded an agreement today which will guide their collaborative efforts to accelerate enrolment and retention into full or accelerated primary education courses of 600,000 out-of-school children of 6-13 years of age in Sudan over a five year period.

With 61 million children worldwide still missing out on their fundamental right to education, “Educate A Child” today announced partnerships with a range of organisations to catalyse innovative learning solutions for the world’s hardest-to-reach children - those affected by extreme poverty, conflict, natural disaster and prejudice.

“Quality education for all children in Sudan is a top priority for UNICEF. We are proud to be part of this strategic alliance that we believe will further strengthen our ability to catalyze and leverage broader support to achieve our vision for the children of Sudan”. Ray V. Torres, Deputy Representative, UNICEF Sudan.

Lack of support to children out-of-school is a serious barrier to children accessing the quality learning they deserve; together we can make a real difference to the lives of 600,000 children in Sudan”.

Educate A Child is a new global initiative launched by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser of Qatar. It aims to significantly reduce the number of children worldwide missing out on their fundamental right to education.

Educate A Child is working with partner organisations to support innovative methods of bringing education to the hardest-to-reach children, especially those affected by poverty, conflict, natural disaster and prejudice.

Educate A Child is an extension of Sheikha Moza’s mandate as UNESCO Special Envoy on Basic and Higher Education, as a United Nations Millennium Development Goal Advocate, and Steering Committee member of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Education First Initiative.

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For more information, please contact:

Louise Mvono, Chief Education Section, UNICEF Sudan,

Mobile:  +249-912390628.



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