Posted on November 06, 2014

Educate A Child, a global programme of the Education Above All Foundation, received a 2.4 million Qatari Riyal donation as part of the Qatar Airways partnership. The funds will go towards benefitting children in co-funded education programmes in more than 30 countries worldwide toward EAC’s vision of a world where every individual has the opportunity to learn through a quality education. His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al-Baker, Group Chief Executive Officer of Qatar Airways handed over the cheque to Educate A Child representatives in a ceremony held at the World Innovation Summit for Education in Doha.

Speaking about the partnership, Marcio Barbosa, Chief Executive Officer of Education Above All, said: “Qatar Airways is a special partner, a leading Qatari company supporting a Qatar-based international NGO. We appreciate the resources that Mr. Al-Baker and the Qatar Airways team have put towards raising awareness of the issue of out of school children and their financial contribution towards accelerating our efforts to close the gap.”

Educate A Child was launched in 2012 by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser as a catalyst to help break down the barriers preventing children from being in school. EAC is working with global and local organisations to turn commitments into action.

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In remarks made at the ceremony, Mr. Al Baker commented: “Qatar Airways is honoured to be a communications partner for the Educate A Child programme, championing its messages to a worldwide audience through our travelling public. The funds presented today symbolize the overwhelming support received from our passengers, together with the matched funds from Qatar Airways, and highlights the enthusiasm which this programme has drawn from all corners of the globe.”

The funds represent a commitment made by Qatar Airways to match funds donated by passengers aboard its flights in seatback envelopes. Cabin crew introduce the EAC programme and invite passengers to donate any amount, in any currency. The collection programme started following a memorandum of understanding between EAC and QR in April 2013, and continues on today. Qatar Airways is a resource partner of Educate A Child, leveraging the airline’s communications platforms and reach via over 23 million passengers per year to 145 destinations worldwide to advance the goals of EAC.

Funds collected via this partnership go towards Educate A Child projects active in countries affected by poverty, conflict, gender discrimination and natural disaster. To date, more than 2.5 million children have access to education programmes thanks to projects co-funded by EAC.