Educate A Child

Aims to significantly reduce the numbers of children worldwide who are missing out on their right to education


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About the project Edit

An estimated 61 million primary school-aged children in the world have no access to education, the vast majority of them live in extreme poverty. They include children affected by conflict and natural disasters, but also those in urban slums or remote rural areas, and groups who can face particular challenges accessing education such as girls, the disabled and minorities.

Inspired by the Millennium Development Goal (MDG2) to see every child have access to a full course of quality primary education, Educate A Child is working with a range of international and national partner organisations to trigger significant breakthroughs in reaching the world’s poorest and most marginalised children.

In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit


• Catalyse efforts to significantly reduce globally the number of primary-aged children out of school by the end of 2015 and beyond
• Support educational quality in the countries and Programmes where it operates
• Raise awareness of basic education needs among the global community

Educate A Child is working with expert and innovative partners, ranging from major international educational, development, and humanitarian organisations to locally-based groups.

We provide technical and financial support (on a matching basis), to maximise reach and impact, local level ownership and long term sustainability.

We are committed to learning and sharing best practices. Our focus is on replicating and scaling-up successful quality programmes, promoting innovative approaches and encouraging collaboration, to ensure the best outcomes for children and their communities.

What is the social value of this project? Edit

Some of our initial efforts include providing schooling for refugee and internally displaced children, encouraging learning for girls, promoting new solutions for nomadic or pastoralist children whose mobile lives can make attending school difficult, and helping children in disaster-prone areas.

While each situation is different, they are joined by a common aim: to find creative, cost-effective and sustainable solutions that can be replicated or adapted on a larger scale to enable millions more children to complete a full course of primary education.

What is the potential of this project to expand and develop? Edit

Educate A Child is currently working with strategic and implementing partners in: Bangladesh, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, India, Iran, Iraq, Kenya, Malaysia, Pakistan, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Uganda and Yemen. We plan to expand our activities in the near future.

We are currently supporting over 25 projects in Africa, the Middle East and Asia. We will expand this work over the coming years.

What was the triggering factor of this project? Edit

Educate A Child is based on the principle that education is not only a fundamental human right for all children, but also a clear lifeline to those in the most challenging circumstances. It helps them to escape the vicious circle of poverty, and can promote democracy and participation in society.

While driven by her passion for education and the promise of new futures of peace and prosperity that a quality education brings, Educate A Child is also an extension of Her Highness Sheikha Moza’s mandate as a UNESCO Special Envoy on Basic and Higher Education, as a United Nations Millennium Development Goal Advocate, and a Steering Committee member of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Education First initiative.

Educate A Child is, at its heart, a commitment to 61 million children to help provide them with opportunities to learn and as such it will also be a contribution to the UN’s Education First Programme.

What is the business model of this project? Edit

EAC is a new global initiative that aims to assist millions of out-of-school primary learners to get an opportunity to participate in quality education. By working in partnership and emphasizing innovation, scale and sustainability, we want to enable every child fulfill her right to education.

“Quality education for all children in Sudan is a priority; but a complex endeavour that we cannot address alone. Sudan is proud to be part of this strategic alliance that we believe will further strengthen our newly established education partnership forum and enhance our ability to catalyse and leverage broader support to achieve our vision for the children of Sudan.” MR SOUAD ABDELRAZAG, Federal Minister of Education, Sudan

Educate A Child partners with organisations that are successfully pioneering innovative approaches to bringing quality primary education to the world’s most disadvantaged children. We accept proposals from organisations that fulfil these criteria. If you would like more information on partnering with Educate A Child please contact us at

As a new initiative we will need many kinds of partners.

• National or international educational, development and humanitarian organisations that have national, regional or global reach;
• Organisations or people that have succeeded in advocating for education on a large scale;
• Programmes and agencies that have experience implementing primary educational activities in support of out-of-school children and those that are at risk of dropping out of school;
• Organisations or people that have experience in educational provision in fragile, conflict, conflict-affected, and disaster situations;
• Programmes or Agencies that have demonstrated their ability to engage with hard-to-reach populations;
• Organisations, Programmes and people that have proven capacity to mobilise additional resources in support of primary education;
• Agencies and people that have tested different modalities of and approaches to education, including, but not limited to, emerging technologies.

We are interested in hearing from you if you share these interests and believe you can bring something to our “shared education table”. Please email us at if you wish to get in touch with us.

For those of you who are interested in working with EAC:

• We shall be putting out a call for proposals by January 2013 on this website. We invite you to consult it then for details, which will include objectives, criteria, proposal guidelines and timelines
• We ask you to understand that EAC requires at least a 50% match of funds. This means that part of any proposal must have a significant co-funding element

Our supporters:
• CAROL BELLAMY, Chair, The Global Partnership for Education
• IRINA BOKOVA, Director General, UNESCO
• BONO, Co-founder of ONE campaign
• RICHARD BRANSON, Founder of Virgin Group and Virgin Unite
• THE RT HONORABLE GORDON BROWN, MP, UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Global Education
• MR FAITCHOU ETIENNE, Ministry of Primary and Civic Education, Chad
• LEYMAH GBOWEE, Winner of Nobel Peace Prize
• FILIPPO GRANDI, Commissioner-General, UNRWA
• ANTÓNIO GUTERRES, UN High Commissioner for Refugees
• ARIANNA HUFFINGTON, President and editor-in-chief, the Huffington Post Media Group
• TAWAKKOL KARMAN, Winner of Nobel Peace Prize
• ANGÉLIQUE KIDJO, Singer and songwriter
• BAABA MAAL, Singer and guitarist
• GRAÇA MACHEL, Former Mozambican minister of education
• RAKESH BHARTI MITTAL, Co-Chairman, Bharti Foundation
• ALEK WEK, UNHCR, Supporter

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