As part of its continued effort to highlight the pressing need for primary education for all, Educate A Child (EAC) has officially launched a new book at Unesco headquarters in Paris. Entitled Challenges & Reality, the volume contains a new collection of images of out-of-school children from photojournalist Maher Attar.
EAC commissioned the book as a means to bring attention to the world’s children who have not had their right to a primary education fulfilled, despite the promise of the Millennium Development Goals.
“The stirring photo reportage in this new book delves into many of the barriers that children face around the world in accessing a primary education,” remarked HE Dr Hamad bin Abdulaziz al-Kuwari, the Minister of Culture, Arts and Heritage, who introduced the book on behalf of EAC, a global education initiative of Qatar. “Through seeing, we can better understand the importance of the work we are doing – and why there is a sense of urgency to maintain focus.”
The book’s launch coincides with the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which set the global development agenda for the post-2015 period. Included in the goals is a commitment to finishing the push to provide primary education for all.
About 58mn children worldwide lack access to primary education presently; more than half of them live in conflict or post-conflict areas. In November, education stakeholders will convene at Unesco to agree the “Framework for Action” which will serve as the guide for implementation of the new education goal in the SDGs.
“The reality is that it will take several years for the policies laid out by the SDGs to take effect on the ground. That’s not soon enough for the millions of refugee and internally displaced children living without an education right now,” said Marcio Barbosa, CEO of EAA. “During this crucial transition period, we must invest in what we know already works, scaling up successful programmes to rapidly reach as many out of school children as