Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser and UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi traveled to Kuala Lumpur to visit UNHCR’s projects that have been implemented as part of the Education Above All (EAA)’s Educate A Child Program.
“It is clear from what I have seen here in Malaysia that quality primary education can truly change the course of a child’s life. Equipping refugees with knowledge and skills means they can be assets to their host countries and later support the rebuilding of their home countries. I’m proud of the work being done here and thankful to Malaysia and its people for helping these children access a better future.” – Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser
EAA operates 131 learning centers with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. Their joint mission is to educate 450,000 displaced children in 15 countries, with a shared contribution of nearly $100 million. Support for the mission also comes from the Qatar Fund for Development.
“I can’t emphasize more the importance of proper schooling for refugee and internally displaced children, millions of whom lose out on the education they need. Not only does it help children heal, it stabilizes families, aids acceptance locally and provides hope for the future.” – Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees
EAA and its partners currently support 10.4 million out-of-school children in 50 countries, about 2.3 million of whom are displaced or refugees. Malaysia hosts about 167,000 refugees, and EAA and its partners have helped 9,400 children among them attend school.