29 de abril de 2015

EAC,Educate A Child signs agreement with French NGO,

EAC signs agreement with French NGOMarcio Barbosa and Jean-Jacques Moineville at the MoU signing in Paris yesterday.
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In a major initiative to reduce the number of out-of-school children in the Sub-Saharan African countries, Educate A Child (EAC), a global programme launched by HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser under Education Above All Foundation (EAA), yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding with the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) in Paris.
The MoU aims to collaborate and engage in projects and activities that support access to primary education. The projects will start to be implemented from January 2016. The estimated cost is $50mn, to be shared equally by both the parties.
The specific countries of operation and its projects will be determined by December 2015 by a dedicated task force comprised of AFD and EAC’s technical team.
Joint efforts will include promoting attention to the issue of out of school children, and supporting their enrolment and retention once in school. The five-year agreement can make a difference to 500,000 children in Sub-Saharan African countries.
Marcio Barbosa, CEO, EAA, said: “We believe that in order to achieve universal primary education the current funding gap of $26bn needs to be addressed by a variety of different sources. These include the private sector, individual philanthropists, sports and arts organisations, the wider community and, of course, governments. EAA’s efforts include bringing co-ordination among the donor community and avoiding duplication. The agreement with AFD represents a key collaboration which could make a difference to 500,000 children in countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.”
Jean-Jacques Moineville, deputy CEO at AFD, said: “Since 2000, the international agenda has moved from combating poverty to a global debate on the challenges of sustainable development, linking education with employment and social protection. That is why, the development of human capital has become a major sphere of intervention for AFD. Given the scale and urgent nature of the requirements, AFD supports basic quality education for all, as well as the development of knowledge and skills, and youth access to decent jobs, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa.”
At the end of 2015, the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) will come to an end, including MDG2, which looks at ensuring universal primary education is guaranteed. There are as many as 58mn out of school children worldwide. A final push is needed by the global community, both financial and political, to ensure the completion of the unfinished MDG2.
Launched in November 2012, EAC is a global programme of the EAA Foundation that aims to significantly reduce the number of children worldwide who are denied their right to education.
EAC is, at its heart, is a commitment to children who are out of school to help provide them with opportunities to learn and as such, it contributes to the UN’s Global Education First Initiative and the Millennium Development Goal 2.
EAC works with partner organisations toward its mission to trigger significant breakthroughs in providing out of school children faced with extreme poverty, cultural barriers, and conflict-affected environments an opportunity for a full course of quality primary education.

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