Posted on June 30, 2017

Education Above All (EAA) Foundation has been invited to become a member of the influential UNESCO 2030 Education Steering Committee, in honour of its efforts in providing education for 7.1 million children across the world. 

The UNESCO committee will make recommendations on how to achieve the goal of quality education for all, during its meetings which will run until Friday. EAA will join representatives from member states, civil society and convening agencies, including UNICEF, UNHCR, UNDP and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), among others. "We are proud to be part of the General Assembly High-Level talks and take up a position on the SDG Education 2030 Steering Committee to represent the voice of philanthropic efforts worldwide," said Dr Mary Joy Pigozzi, executive director of Educate A Child, a programme of the EAA.

"At a time when the impact of development is under increasing scrutiny, our local implementation model, which works with local and international partners and is driven by a global vision, has been proven effective. We are providing quality education to 7.1 million of the most marginalised and out-of-school children around the world. We look forward to sharing our methods and demonstrating the obvious: education is a driver of human development," Dr Pigozzi said. "Ahead of the G20 meeting, we urge global leaders to reaffirm their commitment to ensuring all children access to quality education, especially as education is the driver of several SDGs. This can only be achieved through appropriate funding, protection of education as a human right and collaboration," Dr Pigozzi added.

The EAA has also been invited by the president of the 71st UN General Assembly session, Peter Thompson, to participate in the high-level meeting on education based on a recommendation from the UN Committee on NGOs to grant EAA consultancy status at the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). The position is given to the organisations in recognition of their prominent role in education.

source: Qatar Tribune