UN ECOSOC

Member since 2017

In July 2017, the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) adopted at the Coordination and Management Meeting the recommendation of the Committee on Non-Governmental Organisations to grant EAA special consultive status. The consultative status enables EAA to actively engage with ECOSOC and its subsidiary bodies, as well as with the United Nations Secretariat programmes, funds, and agencies.

Since then, EAA has been an active member of the ECOSOC where the foundation participated in several consultations. In 2018, EAA participated in consultations on the Global Compact for Refugees. Also, EAA submitted written contributions for several UN conferences where our key priorities have been highlighted and advocated for. EAA was invited as an observer to the Global Convention on the Recognition of Higher Education Qualifications meetings in Paris where we advocated for refugee education accreditation. EAA continues to play an active role as a member of the ECOSOC council, most recently, with the #UniteToProtect campaign celebrating the International Day to Protect Education From Attack.

Website : www.un.org/ecosoc/en/home

UNESCO Global Education Coalition

Member since 2020

The Global Education Coalition launched by UNESCO seeks to facilitate inclusive learning opportunities for children and youth during unprecedented educational disruption due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The global coalition is a multi-sector partnership to provide appropriate distance education for all learners. It will endeavor to match needs with free and secure solutions, bringing partners together to address connectivity and content challenges among others.

EAA, a coalition member since March 2020, is working in solidarity with more than 140 global leaders and organisations to support countries in their efforts to mitigate the immediate impact of school closures and to ensure that learning never stops, particularly for vulnerable and disadvantaged communities, and to facilitate the continuity of education for all through remote learning.

Website : https://globaleducationcoalition.unesco.org

Steering Committee for SDG4

Member since 2017

The SDG-Education 2030 Steering Committee is the global multi-stakeholder mechanism for education in the 2030 Agenda (watch 4-minute video explanation and read resource documents). Its primary objective is to harmonise and strengthen support to Member States and their partners to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG4) and the education-related targets of the global agenda.

For marginalised people the world over, nothing is perhaps more crucial to realising human dignity and improving the socioeconomic condition than access to quality education. Education Above All (EAA) Foundation works diligently on and through The SDG-Education 2030 Steering Committee (SC) to champion the right to education of vulnerable populations and to support the march of UN-member states towards the fulfilment of SDG4 and its corresponding targets, along with education-related targets, as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

In 2017, the Education Above All (EAA) Foundation was appointed by UNESCO to fill the seat representing the foundations’ leadership role of The SDG-Education 2030 Steering Committee. Through this seat, EAA represents foundations all over the world in the coordination and pursuit of SDG4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

Engaging foundations through this platform represents a dual opportunity. By encouraging the combined voices of all foundations, our message can travel farther. In a similar vein, it is also imperative to understand the priorities of other stakeholders such as individual countries and Civil Society.

Website : www.sdg4education2030.org/who-we-are

Global Partnership for Education

Member since 2017

GPE is the largest global fund solely dedicated to transforming education in lower-income countries, and a unique, multi-stakeholder partnership. They work to deliver quality education so that every girl and boy can have hope, opportunity and agency.

In 2017, EAA became a member of the GPE and more recently, in March 2019, EAA became the Foundations Constituency representative to the GPE board’s Strategy and Impact Committee (SIC).

The foundations constituency is one of the 20 constituencies representing all members of the partnership. Representatives are elected to each constituency every two years; they donate their time and expertise with the agreement of their institutions.

Constituencies include:

  • Developing country partners (6)
  • Donor partners (6)
  • Civil society organizations (3)
  • Private sector (1)
  • Private foundations (1)
  • Multilateral agencies (3)

The Private Foundation Constituency helped to establish GPE’s first strategy for engaging private foundations, which emphasises foundations as development partners and highlights the value foundations bring in response to local needs. As the Foundations constituency representative, EAA aims to represent foundations’ voices in the governance of the partnership; ensure foundations are informed about the activities and opportunities with the GPE; and proactively seek and strengthen channels bi-directionally for applying foundations’ expertise, networks, and resources for collective impact at both the global and local levels.

Website : www.globalpartnership.org

Compact for Youth

Member since 2016

The Compact for Young People in Humanitarian Action was launched at the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) in May 2016 and represents an unprecedented commitment of humanitarian partners - representing government, civil society, United Nations entities and the private sector - to guarantee that the priorities of young people are addressed by the humanitarian system and their participation in humanitarian action is supported and facilitated. Since 2016, EAA has served as co-chair of the Compact’s Core Action 3 Taskforce on Capacity Building and hosted the MENA Youth Capacity-Building in Humanitarian Action (MYCHA) Initiative and along with partners UNHCR, OCHA, QRC, NRC, INEE, and many others delivered training in humanitarian action to over 450 youth from across the MENA region.

Website : www.youthcompact.org