Educate A Child (EAC), a programme of Education Above All (EAA), has partnered with two NGOs, buildOn and Building Tomorrow, to provide quality learning environments and enroll out of school children in Haiti, Senegal, Mali, Malawi, Burkina Faso, Nepal and Uganda.
Commenting on the partnerships, Dr. Mary Joy Pigozzi, Director of EAC said: ‘As we make steady progress towards fulfilling our goal of reaching 10 M children by 2016, we are delighted to be working with buildOn and Building Tomorrow. These partnerships have allowed us to extend our commitment in countries where we already have projects such as Haiti and Uganda, and open opportunities to reach more children in new countries for us such as Nepal and in East Africa’.
Working in partnership through a co-funded model, Educate A Child and buildOn will build 520 schools in current buildOn impact areas in Haiti, Senegal, Mali, Malawi, Burkina Faso and Nepal over the next four years to help children in these countries gain access to education.
Commenting on the partnership with Educate A Child, Jim Ziolkowski, Founder, President and CEO of buildOn, said “The agreement with buildOn will allow EAC to reach 40,000 out of school children through 520 schools. The partnership will also enable the completion of latrines for girls and boys, procure furniture for all the schools and engage community leaders to help monitor and enrol children into primary education.”
Working with Building Tomorrow also through a co-funded model, EAC will contribute to providing education facilities for nearly 51,000 out of school children in rural Uganda by 2019 through Building Tomorrow’s Educate 51k programme.
‘Since our founding in 2006, we have been working toward this moment’, explained George Srour, Building Tomorrow Founder and Chief Dreamer. ‘We are grateful to Educate A Child for their support, thrilled to have this opportunity, and have already hit the ground running’.
Educate 51k will leverage the support of a network of partners, including the Ugandan Ministry of Education and Sports, more than 300 rural villages across Uganda, and an international community of donors. By July 2019, EAC and Building Tomorrow will open 60 new community-built, locally sustained primary schools, scaling construction to break ground on a new school every three weeks.
Building Tomorrow partners with communities where at least 300 children between the ages of four and fourteen are out of school; no formal and accredited primary school exists within a 2.5-kilometre radius; and parents and families make a financial and in-kind commitment to support the education of their children.
Educate A Child’s partnerships with buildOn and Building Tomorrow are an example of its momentum to achieve its target of reaching 10 million out of school children by 2016. These new partnerships will see 91,000 out of school children be provided access to a quality primary education.
About Educate A Child
Launched in 2012, EAC aims to trigger significant breakthroughs in providing quality primary education to the 58 million children who currently have no access to schooling. Through EAC supported programming, children overcome barriers to educational access and retention. With the overall goal of successfully completing an entire cycle of quality primary education, EAC strives to improve both individual and social outcomes for these children. For more information, visit educateachild.org
About Education Above All
Education Above All (EAA) is a global initiative founded in 2012 by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser of Qatar. EAA’s aim is to build a global movement that contributes to human, social and economic development through quality education and other welfare programmes and initiatives. With a particular focus on areas affected by poverty, conflict and disaster, EAA champions the needs of children and youth and empower them to be active members of their communities. By meeting the demand for education, EAA equips them to support sustainable development and to nurture environments of peace, security, justice and prosperity. EAA is the umbrella organisation overseeing three core programmes: Educate A Child, Al Fakhoora and Protect Education in Insecurity and Conflict (PEIC), as well as one special project, the Kakuma Project. For more information, visit educationaboveall.org.
At home or abroad, buildOn’s goal is to break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy and low expectations through service and education. Across the U.S., buildOn empowers urban youth to transform their neighbourhoods through intensive community service and to change the world by building schools in some of the economically poorest countries in the world. Since 1991, buildOn has constructed 700 schools worldwide, with more than 92,000 children, parents and grandparents attending these schools every day. For more information, visit www.buildon.org.
About Building Tomorrow
Based in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, Building Tomorrow catalyses communities and individuals in support of access to quality education in East Africa. Building Tomorrow does this by empowering young people to invest their time, talents and resources in support of new educational opportunities; facilitating the construction of community-built, locally-sustained primary schools; and building the human capacity and leadership of locally-based school management teams. For more information, visit buildingtomorrow.org.
For further information please contact:
Education Above All
+974 5563 8868
Memac Ogilvy PR for Education Above All
+974 4410 3028
Director of Communications, buildOn
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