Resource support

Qatar has spent $1 billion to support education in 64 countries

Doha: The Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD) has spent around $1 billion in 64 countries and supported 10 million out-of-school children in 60 countries, the Minister of Education and Higher Education says , HE Buthaina bint Ali Al Jabr Al Nuaimi.

Speaking at the “Transforming Education Summit” at the United Nations in New York, the minister said that Qatar is one of the biggest contributors to humanitarian projects and invests in education, health and economic support.

Addressing the summit, the Minister of Education and Higher Education said that during the COVID-19 pandemic, Qatar had established a fund that ensures continuity of education in low-resource areas, reaching 17 countries. QNA shared the minister’s remarks at the summit on Twitter yesterday.

The Minister said that the Education Above All (EAA) Foundation helps provide high quality education in times of crisis in underdeveloped regions and areas affected by conflict and disasters.

Al Nuaimi said the summit is an opportunity to work together to build resilient education systems, protect the rights of children and young people and comprehensively address the needs of learners.

The Minister said the Education Transformation Summit is a unique opportunity to elevate education to the top of the global agenda to address the learning crises exacerbated by the pandemic, providing a platform to reinvent education for the future.

“As we move closer to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG 2030), we must deliver on the promise of quality education for every child. This inevitably required greater investment in education, as many countries still have limited physical space to increase spending on education.

The Minister of Education and Higher Education said, “With national budgets heavily strained by the pandemic and rising commodity prices, we need to explore innovative ways to ease physical strain and expand funding for education, both as a proportion of overall spending in real terms”.

In addition, she said, the issue of financing education depends on all the other work sites of the summit. “In Qatar, education has always been and continues to be one of the highest priorities as it is a key factor in sustainable development.”

“Significant investments have been made to advance the national education system as well as a generous contribution to overseen development assistance programs, particularly in the education sector.

“Our priorities are to help provide quality education to those who have been most left behind. One of the main catalysts for this work at different levels is the Education Above All Foundation. Through partnerships and collective efforts, we can extend reach and deepen impact.

The minister said that Educate A Child, a global program of the EAA Foundation, alone $900 million has spent a total of $2.3 billion to provide quality primary education to out-of-school children in 60 country.

“We urge that the reallocation of any additional savings and resources should have as a guiding principle one primary objective, the fight against exclusion in education, especially those who are marginalized by displacement, poverty and disability “. The summit, which runs from September 16-19, was convened by the UN in response to a global education crisis – a crisis of equity and inclusion, quality and relevance.