EAA and Gavi Pledge to Advance Education and Healthcare to Transform Lives in Marginalized Communities with Support from QFFD
The agreement aims to increase collaboration across education and immunization activities among some of the world's most marginalized communities. The partnership is supported by a QFFD pledge, covering the period from 2021 to 2025, with a total commitment of US$ 10 million. The signed agreement promotes cooperation between EAA and Gavi in lower-income countries where EAA projects are being implemented, such as Pakistan and Bangladesh, to reach out-of-school children and their communities.
Ms. Leena Al Derham, the director of External Relations in the Education Above All Foundation, said: "This ceremony is not just a formalization of our collaboration but a reaffirmation of our shared commitment towards creating a brighter future for millions of children. Our work with Gavi extends beyond conventional frameworks, fostering an innovative approach to address education and health needs simultaneously."
The collaboration aligns with the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals, particularly SDG3 (Good Health and Well-being) and SDG4 (Quality Education). It emphasizes the interdependence of health and education, acknowledging that healthy children are more likely to enroll in and benefit from educational opportunities.
Ms. Marie-Ange Saraka-Yao highlighted the multisectoral nature of this partnership, noting that it exemplifies how the integration of education and immunization initiatives can transform communities, and that the resulting synergy is crucial, especially in regions where access to quality education and healthcare is limited.
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