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Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser of Qatar held a private reception for guests in New York in honour of Educate A Child (EAC) – a global education programme supported by national carrier Qatar Airways to raise awareness of the tens of millions of children denied primary education.

Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser is UNESCO’s Special Envoy for Education

The event was attended by guests from the philanthropic, business and political communities, together with celebrities. Following the reception was a dinner and concert, featuring famed jazz musician Wynton Marsalis and a special performance by Chick Corea held at New York’s Jazz at Lincoln Centre.

 New York was also the venue for the official announcement of two new partners pledging their support to the global programme – Qatar Airways and the Jazz at Lincoln Centre.

Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker and Chairman of the Board of Jazz at Lincoln Center, Robert Appel confirmed their commitment and enthusiasm about their respective organisations’ involvement in the initiative.

Launched in November 2012 by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Educate a Child has already provided 600,000 children with access to education, with a goal of reaching a total of 61 million children around the world, through a number of partnerships with organisations such as the United Nations, UNESCO and Qatar Airways.

Sheikha Moza said: “These 61 million children have been forgotten by the world. It is unacceptable. Educate A Child has set itself the goal of reaching 10 million of these by the end of 2015. This may sound ambitious, but I know it is possible. In just four months, we have reached out to 600,000 children. There is so much to do, but we cannot do it alone.”

Educate A Child is a programme led by Sheikha Moza that seeks to provide a quality primary education to children affected by conflict, natural disasters and restrictive cultural practices. After a series of field trips by Her Highness, EAC was launched and it is a cause that aims to make a powerful impression on people around the world, including New Yorkers.

Flying to over 125 destinations around the world, Qatar Airways is uniquely positioned to reach many of the countries where Educate A Child is active. The airline has pledged to provide food, cargo, and personal transport services for the programme as well as promoting awareness of EAC and the plight of the 61m out-of-school children in the world through its in-flight communications channels.

Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said: “We believe that global aviation can bridge communities and people to galvanise support for causes that affect individuals across every continent. Qatar Airways is proud to partner with an initiative that matches our spirit and ambition as an organisation.

“Guided by the commendable vision of Educate A Child, we have already begun to support out-of-school children around the world, with the basic human right they deserve – education,” he added.

“We have to shock, to shake, to provoke the people of the world to make them wake up to be part of this engagement,” said Marcio Barbosa, Chief Executive of the Education Above All Foundation, which runs the EAC programme.

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Educate A Child (EAC), a global education programme designed to ensure every child has access to a quality education, has officially announced two new worldwide partners – Qatar Airways, and Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Qatar Airways and Jazz at Lincoln Center will both serve as partners to raise awareness about the EAC programme and its objectives. The announcement was made at a press conference in New York yesterday, held at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s home, Frederick P. Rose Hall.

Launched by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser of Qatar in November 2012, Educate A Child addresses the plight of 61 million out-of-school children around the world, who are denied access to quality primary education. In the last six months alone, the initiative has given 600,000 children the opportunity to fulfill their right to primary education, which would otherwise have been denied to them because of poverty, discrimination or conflict. Educate A Child has partnered with numerous NGOs and other organisations to seek out new and innovate ways of providing education.

Educate A Child was founded as a direct result of Her Highness Sheikha Moza’s mandate as a UNESCO Special Envoy on Basic and Higher Education, a United Nations Millennium Development Goal Advocate and a Steering Committee member of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Global Education First initiative.

Flying to over 125 destinations around the world, Qatar Airways is uniquely positioned to reach many of the countries where Educate A Child is active. The airline has pledged to provide food, cargo, and personal transport services for the programme as well as promoting awareness of EAC and the plight of the 61m out-of-school children in the world through its in-flight communications channels.

Speaking in New York, Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said: “We believe that global aviation can bridge communities and people to galvanise support for causes that affect individuals across every continent.

“Qatar Airways is proud to partner with an initiative that matches our spirit and ambition as an organisation.

“Guided by the commendable vision of Educate A Child, we have already begun to support out-of-school children around the world, with the basic human right they deserve – education,” he added.

In addition to flight services, Qatar Airways will use itscommunication platforms to reach the airline’s global passenger base, showcasing the initiative through in-flight entertainment, in-flight magazines and the carrier’s web site qatarairways.com and social media channels.

The press conference took place atDizzy’s Club Coca-Cola and featured a number of key individuals associated with Educate A Child. Joining Mr. Al Baker were Special Envoy – Educate A Child – Office of Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser and Executive Committee member at the Qatar Foundation Endowment, Dr. Tidu Maini; CEO of Education Above All, Mr. Marcio Barbosa; Executive Committee Member of Education Above All Foundation, Mr. Mohammed Al Naimi; and Jazz at Lincoln Center Chairman of the Board, Mr. Robert Appel.

Education is a core tenet of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s mission.  Through various education initiatives, Jazz at Lincoln Center strives to foster an appreciation for jazz and underscore the importance of arts and culture in global society.  The organisation plans to leverage its global audience and institutional assets (concerts, tours, special events, education programmes, recorded music) to raise awareness for EAC’s important work.  

Jazz at Lincoln Center Chairman, Robert Appel said: “Jazz at Lincoln Center, Educate A Child, and Qatar Airways enter this unique relationship with a shared vision to to enrich the lives of as many children as possible through education.

“Building an appreciation for the arts and advancing education are central to Jazz at Lincoln Center’s mission.  We are proud to support and help raise awareness for Educate A Child’s cause.”

Tonight (May 16), Educate A Child, Qatar Airways and Jazz at Lincoln Center will inaugurate this new global partnership with a dinner reception at Jazz at Lincoln Center, during which Her Highness will introduce the programme to New York attendees. The dinner will be followed by an evening of world-class music, featuring a performance by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis with special guest Chick Corea.

 

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