Educate A Child
Education for 176,000 Children
In 2012, UNHCR and the global Educate A Child (EAC) programme signed a multi-year strategic partnership agreement to provide primary education to 176,000 refugee children in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
The project, funded through a US$6.24 million grant from Qatar's Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, is being piloted in 12 countries and will make a significant contribution to achieving the Millennium Development Goal of universal primary education by 2015. The programme has been rolled out to date in Chad, Ethiopia, Iran, Kenya, Malaysia, Pakistan, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Uganda and Yemen.
Achievements in 2012-2013 included the construction and renovation of 455 classrooms with latrines and the building of an entire school; the provision of 31,000 textbooks and learning materials, and of 64,000 uniforms; and the training of more than 1,370 teachers and school managers. The first year of the programme also focused on promoting education for girls, mobilizing communities and offering more children the opportunity to study and play, a key component of the healing process for traumatized people.
EAC has contributed US$ 12.24 million for the second phase of the programme, which aims to maintain these children in school and enroll approximately 50,000 additional children, to reach over 225,000 children from refugee and host communities.