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Sheikha Moza announces Educate A Child’s new strategy

Ailyn Agonia 
Education Above All (EAA) Chairperson HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser announced Educate A Child programme’s new strategy to help secure universal primary education during a plenary session at the Word Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) 2019 held at the Qatar National Convention Centre on Thursday. 
According to the official, the new strategy will be implemented in select countries with the purpose of ensuring the number of out of school children in these countries reach zero.
“Since it’s launched at WISE in 2012, the Education Above All Foundation embodied the spirit of innovation and developing and implementing its programmes. Indeed, Education Above All has succeeded in enrolling 10 million children back into school. However, according to official statistics, there are still more than 59 million primary-aged children around the world who are not enrolled in schools. In reality, this number is much larger because there are large numbers that haven’t been mapped. The statistics lagged behind actual numbers. Many children go unaccounted for due to inadequate monitoring mechanisms and most of these children are in hard reached areas,” HH SheikhaMoza said.
She also remarked, “Through this we prove nothing is impossible if we all decide that education is truly above all.”
In addition, HH Sheikha Moza highlighted the development of portable multi-functional schools designed by the late renowned architect Zaha Hadid and equipped for the families of refugee children to use for education community engagement.
The prototype model was made to be affordable, adaptable to different climate conditions, easy to compact for transporting from one location to another, the official said. 
After the session, HH Sheikha Moza officially unveiled the prototype classroom during her tour of the WISE Majlis. 
EAA and Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy have partnered to fund the construction of the structures which will be used during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and then redistributed to EAA projects in many countries. 
The plenary session was attended by the First Lady of Paraguay Silvana Lopez Moreira, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and artist Shakira Mebarak, dignitaries and global educators and influencers.
In her remarks, Moreira shared the initiatives in Paraguay to achieve an outstanding education system. According to her the major gaps in most Latin American countries is the high rate of drop outs usually due to financial issues. Moreira said there are over 50,000 children out of school in Paraguay at the primary education stage which is free of charge and compulsory in her country. 
“There is a high rate of drop outs in our country. Six out of 10 children will not complete basic education. This situation compels us to find a permanent solution. As a mother it hurts to see so many broken dreams. At the First Lady’s Office, we implemented a programme to retain children in schools. We reached out to most vulnerable areas. We distributed sport kits and we are hppy to see many children stay in school to play in sports,” she said.  
Moreira stressed the importance of their partnership with EAA in closing the gap with those hardest to reach and provide education to many more out of school children in the coming years.
“Our partnership with Her Highness SheikhaMoza will enable us to jointly tackle big challenges. As mothers, we displace pain with happiness. We prevent our children to end up in jail. We will see our children in school writing about their dreams and hopes in their notebooks in order to become the future leader which will change our countries,” Moreira remarked.
The plenary also featured a session providing suggestions on how the global community can mobilise the criticality of linking action and influence for the hardest to reach. The panelists were Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Advocate HE GracaMachel, Global Director at Education Global Practice in World Bank Group Jaime Saavedra, Educate Girls Founder Michael Pollack and Building Tomorrow former project fellow Stephen Katende.
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