Educate A Child (EAC), a global education programme designed to ensure every child has access to a quality education, has officially announced two new worldwide partners – Qatar Airways, and Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Qatar Airways and Jazz at Lincoln Center will both serve as partners to raise awareness about the EAC programme and its objectives. The announcement was made at a press conference in New York yesterday, held at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s home, Frederick P. Rose Hall.

Launched by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser of Qatar in November 2012, Educate A Child addresses the plight of 61 million out-of-school children around the world, who are denied access to quality primary education. In the last six months alone, the initiative has given 600,000 children the opportunity to fulfill their right to primary education, which would otherwise have been denied to them because of poverty, discrimination or conflict. Educate A Child has partnered with numerous NGOs and other organisations to seek out new and innovate ways of providing education.

Educate A Child was founded as a direct result of Her Highness Sheikha Moza’s mandate as a UNESCO Special Envoy on Basic and Higher Education, a United Nations Millennium Development Goal Advocate and a Steering Committee member of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Global Education First initiative.

Flying to over 125 destinations around the world, Qatar Airways is uniquely positioned to reach many of the countries where Educate A Child is active. The airline has pledged to provide food, cargo, and personal transport services for the programme as well as promoting awareness of EAC and the plight of the 61m out-of-school children in the world through its in-flight communications channels.