Doha: Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD) signs a trilateral contribution agreement with Education Above All Foundation (EAA) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to support the United Nations Transforming Education Summit (TES) which will take place on Sep. 16-19, 2022 at the UN in New York, with UNESCO acting as the Secretariat of the Summit.
QFFD and EAA collectively committed to USD1.6 million towards promoting the five Thematic Action Tracks, developed for the Transforming Education Summit. These Tracks focus on critical topics that require global collective attention to accelerate progress towards achieving SDG 4, which aims to "ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all". The action tracks cover equitable, safe and healthy schools; learning and skills for life, work and sustainable development; teachers, teaching and the teaching profession; digital learning; education financing, both domestic and international.
These five Tracks mirror QFFD's efforts in the education sector with implementing strategic partner EAA, which aims to increase access to quality education to out-of-school children and youth, build resilience and empower youth with the relevant skills for life-long success.
Deputy Director General of Planning at QFFD Ali Abdulla Al Dabbagh stated, "QFFD is committed to contribute to education initiatives and efforts such as the contribution to UNESCO. The action tracks initiated by UNESCO go in parallel with QFFDs efforts in education, which are set to address three key focus areas, firstly to provide access to out-of-school children and youth to receive an education. Secondly providing out-of-school children and youth with quality education.
And finally, building resilience and empowering youth to further promote sustainable development goals. This contribution is an opportunity to work hand in hand to take accelerated actions towards facilitating access to quality education to foster sustainable development globally." Director of EAA's AlFakhoora Program Talal Al Hathal said, "Education Above All is glad to contribute to this most important summit, which will host the crucial and overdue global conversation on transforming education for the 21st Century. Granting access to safe, inclusive, equitable and quality education to all, including the world's most marginalized children and youth, is a fundamental human right and a key to their resilience and empowerment and at the heart of our mission at EAA."
During the signing ceremony, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Education Stefania Giannini said, "We are very grateful for the longstanding support of Qatar to the TES, which we hope will be a turning-point for education, the foundation for inclusive, sustainable development. We are happy to sign today this agreement with Qatar Fund for Development and Education Above All.''
The Summit is convened by the UN Secretary-General in response to a global crisis in education that has been aggravated by the COVID-19 pandemic. This crisis has a devastating impact on the futures of children and youth worldwide, setting back progress towards sustainable development across the board.
The Summit will bring together Heads of State and Government, the global education community and youth to elevate education to the top of political agendas, secure commitments to recover pandemic losses and ignite a global movement to support the transformation of education across the world