DOHA: The Qatar 2015 Organising Committee has announced that it is a proud supporter of Educate A Child, a global programme of Education Above All (EAA).
It has pledged to donate all funds raised from ticket sales and related activities of the 24th Men’s Handball World Championship to the programme.
EAA is a global initiative founded by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser in Qatar.
It brings together programmes that provide educational opportunities, with a special commitment to communities facing poverty and crisis.
Educate A Child, a programme of EAA, aims to increase the numbers of children worldwide who can claim their right to education. Educate A Child is working with a range of international and national partners to bring new life chances and real hope and opportunities to poor and marginalised children, youth and women in the developing world.
In donating the funds raised through this first-of-its-kind agreement, Qatar 2015 aims to demonstrate the incredible impact that sport can have on society, and ensure a long-lasting legacy for the Championship, which begins on 15 January 2015.
Dr Thani Abdulrahman Al Kuwari, Director General, Qatar 2015, said: “Under the leadership of H E Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al Thani, President of the Organising Committee, we are honoured to have the opportunity to make a real contribution that will change the lives of children and give them a better future. The championship is not just a tournament but a means to make a contribution to Qatar’s National Vision 2030 through social, human, economic and environmental development.”
Marcio Barbosa, CEO of Education Above All, said: “Education Above All will work with the Organising Committee to ensure that funds raised will help transform the lives of children around the world via the Educate A Child programme. We invite and encourage everyone in Qatar to come and see the matches, knowing that as well as enjoying an incredible sporting Doha,experience, they will also be funding children’s education around the world. One hundred per cent of funds raised through this partnership will go towards enrolling out of school children in educational programmes.”
Educate A Child is active in more than 30 countries, working with strategic and implementing partners including UNRWA, UNESCO and UNICEF, as well as local organisations to help break though barriers that have been identified to hinder access to education. EAC has commitments in place to provide access to education for more than 5 million children, contributing to closing the out of school children gap worldwide.
Proceeds from ticket sales at the 24th Men’s Handball World Championship will further its mission to reach more children and create awareness among members of society and governments about the responsibility that can be worked towards through achievement of education for all. THE PENINSULA