EDUCATION FOR ALL: KNOWLEDGE TO CHANGE THE WORLD
EAA envisions bringing new life chances, real hope and opportunities to improve the lives of poor and marginalised children, youth and women especially in the developing world.
To ensure inclusive and equitable quality education for vulnerable and marginalised people especially in the developing world, as an enabler of human development.
Education Above All (EAA) works to ensure equal access to education and to harness the power of quality education for positive, sustainable, and inclusive change. EAA is the brainchild of our founder Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, the former First Lady of the State of Qatar, and a long-time advocate for education.
Years ago, Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser had a simple yet powerful vision: education is a human right, and every child must have access to learning and grow to become a leader, irrespective of their race, gender, or religion. Only by working together could we turn this vision into a reality.
Today, this vision continues to inspire EAA every day and informs its work and partnerships. Our mission is grounded in a simple truth: education is a universal right, and learning is the best gateway tool for human, social, and economic progress.
In achieving this mission, six principles guide our everyday work and longer-term strategic efforts.
- Right to Education
Access to quality education means equal opportunity for a better life for every child. Yet, those who need education the most have the least access to it. More than 72 million children around the world remain unschooled as a result of poverty and marginalisation. And among 258 million children and youth who are out of school, 59 million are children of primary school age.
Every day, EAA is changing and challenging this reality. Beyond education, we want to shape children and youth into global leaders and agents of positive, sustainable change.
The UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have provided EAA with the platform and baseline to do just that, converging capital, infrastructure, information, and environment for a better world with a brighter future. The UN’s declaration of September 9 as an International Day to Protect Education from Attack, a global resolution the EAA proudly joined in May 2020, is one of our many breakthroughs in this direction.
Across all our programmes and projects, we’ve gone beyond education for education’s sake. We’ve harnessed the power of education towards poverty and hunger alleviation, health and wellbeing, climate action, environmental protection, and peacebuilding efforts – all focal areas under the 2030 SDGs.