The Educate A Child initiative was launched in November 2012 by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser of Qatar. Alek Wek, who I manage for UNHCR, was invited as the opening speaker for the pioneering event. I wrote Alek’s speech, managed her media preparations and talking points for high profile meetings. The EAC matched UNHCR in a US$12 million grant to assist 172,000 refugee children gain access to quality primary education in 2012.
Speakers included Her Highness, the UN Refugee Agency High Commissioner, Antonio Guterres, Gordon Brown and many other influential leaders from around the world. Below is a link to Her Highness talking about the initiative and a UNHCR web story. Following the launch Her Highness’ office expressed interest in collaborating with Alek and I on initiatives we’re developing in the United States.
UNHCR and Sheikha Moza bint Nasser launch program to educate 172,000 refugee children