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Qatar Airways, Strategic Partner of the Educate A Child Programme, Extends 2.4 Million Qatari Riyals As Part Of Its In-Flight Donation Programme

Doha, Qatar - Educate A Child, a global programme of the Education Above All Foundation, receives a 2.4 million Qatari Riyal donation as part of the Qatar Airways partnership. The funds will go towards benefitting children in co-funded education programmes in more than 30 countries worldwide, driving toward EAC’s vision of a world where every individual has the opportunity to learn through a quality education.

Educate A Child was launched in 2012 by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser as a catalyst to help break down the barriers preventing children from being in school. EAC is working with global and local organisations to turn commitments into action.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, commented: “Qatar Airways is honoured to be a communications ambassador for the Educate a Child initiative, championing its messages to a worldwide audience through our travelling public. The funds presented today symbolize the overwhelming support received from our passengers, together with the matched funds from Qatar Airways, and highlights the enthusiasm which this initiative has drawn from all corners of the globe.”

Senior Vice President of Contracts and Procurement at Qatar Airways, Mr. Mohsen Alyafei,  presented the cheque to Educate A Child representatives in a ceremony held at the World Innovation Summit for Education in Doha.

Speaking about the partnership, Marcio Barbosa, Chief Executive Officer of Education Above All, said: “Qatar Airways is a special partner, a leading Qatari company supporting a Qatar-based international NGO. We appreciate the resources that Mr. Al-Baker and the Qatar Airways team have put towards raising awareness of the issue of out of school children and their financial contribution towards accelerating our efforts to close the gap.”

The funds represent a commitment made by Qatar Airways to match funds donated by passengers aboard its flights in seatback envelopes. Cabin crew introduce the EAC programme and invite passengers to donate any amount, in any currency. The collection programme started following a memorandum of understanding between EAC and QR in April 2013, and continues on today.

Qatar Airways is a resource partner of Educate A Child, leveraging the airline’s communications platforms and reach via over 23 million passengers per year to 145 destinations worldwide to advance the goals of EAC.

Funds collected via this partnership go towards Educate A Child projects active in countries affected by poverty, conflict, gender discrimination and natural disaster. To date, more than 2.5 million children have access to education programmes thanks to projects co-funded by EAC.

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Notes to Editors:

About Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways, the national carrier of the State of Qatar, is one of the fastest growing airlines operating one of the youngest fleets in the world. Now in its 17th year of operations, Qatar Airways has a modern fleet of 139 aircraft flying to 145 key business and leisure destinations across six continents.

Qatar Airways celebrated its one year anniversary, on 30th October 2014, of joining the oneworld global alliance. Qatar Airways remains the only carrier in the Gulf to join the oneworld airline alliance.

The airline took delivery of its first Airbus A380 in September this year, and is the global launch customer of the Airbus A350 programme, taking its first delivery in December 2014.

For more information, visit our homepage www.qatarairways.com or our sites on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, and YouTube, or go to www.oneworld.com 

For Qatar Airways corporate images, please click here: http://www.qatarairways.com/corporateimages

For further information contact:
Qatar Airways Group, Corporate Communications Department
Tel: +974 40222072, Fax: +974 40225350
E-mail: qrmedia@qatarairways.com.qa
Website: www.qatarairways.com

About Education Above All

Education Above All (EAA) is a global initiative founded in 2012 by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser of Qatar. EAA’s aim is to build a global movement that contributes to human, social and economic development through quality education and other welfare programmes and initiatives. With a particular focus on areas affected by poverty, conflict and disaster, EAA champions the needs of children and youth and empower them to be active members of their communities. By meeting the demand for education, EAA equips them to support sustainable development and to nurture environments of peace, security, justice and prosperity. EAA is the umbrella organisation overseeing three core programmes: Educate A Child, Al Fakhoora and Protect Education in Insecurity and Conflict (PEIC), as well as one special project, the Kakuma Project.


Lubna Al-Attiah
Education Above All
+974 5563 8868

Kelly Signorelli-Chaplin
Memac Ogilvy PR for Education Above All
+974 5516 2822

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