Collaboration with Education Above All
The university’s foundational values of social justice, academic excellence, and community engagement and service are at the heart of GU-Q’s robust partnership with Education Above All (EAA), and emerges out of our shared commitment to increasing access to quality education for at-risk youth. Our collaborations around these issues include awareness raising activities, a Memorandum of Understanding that facilitates diverse student recruitment, a collaboratively developed credit bearing course on Education in Conflict, a number of internships, and the publication of an outcomes paper for a joint Georgetown University and EAA event featuring H.H. Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Dr. Alaa Murabit, and Melanne Verveer, on “Protecting Education in Times of Conflict.”
MOU with Education Above All and The African Leadership Academy
Our focus on maintaining genuine diversity in terms of race, nationality, and socio-economic background resulted in a partnership through EAA with the African Leadership Academy, allowing us to expand our recruitment efforts to Kenya and Nigeria, and attract a talented incoming class which includes more students from African countries than ever before.
Collaborative Course on Education in Conflict
GU-Q has developed an international affairs course on “Education and Conflict” in collaboration with EAA’s Protect Education in Insecurity and Conflict (PEIC) division. The course, which began Fall 2020, is led by Dr. Anne Nebel, Associate Dean for Teaching, Learning and Assessment, and features guest lectures from experts at EAA and Educate a Child, as well as GU-Q alumni working in related fields and GU-Q students working as EAA Youth Advocates.
Gender & Human Rights Course Guest Lecture
For the Spring 2020 Culture and Politics course on “Gender and Human Rights,” Visiting Assistant Professor Rajnaara Akhtar invited Maleiha Malik, executive director of PEIC, Education Above All, to give a special guest lecture drawing on her decades of experience as a lawyer and executive director of PEIC.
EAA Foundation offers GU-Q students for credit and not for credit internships.
Joint Georgetown-Education Above All Conference in Washington, DC
GU-Q supported the September 2019 conference on “Protecting Education in Times of Conflict.” The thought leadership seminar featured H.H. Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of QF and EAA Foundation and U.N. Sustainability Development Advocate; Dr. Alaa Murabit, U.N. Sustainability Development Advocate; Melanne Verveer, Executive Director of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace, and Security; and was moderated by the President of Georgetown John J. DeGioia.
Thought Seminar Outcome Paper
In addition, GU-Q worked closely with EAA to produce an outcomes paper from the conference: Georgetown University in Qatar and Education Above All, 2019. “The Right to Education Above All: A perspective on protecting the future of education at times of disruption, conflict, and insecurity.” Doha: Georgetown University in Qatar.
Outcome Supports H.H. Sheikha Moza’s Keynote Address to the UN
The outcome paper was then published and disseminated in Geneva on the occasion of Her Highness giving the keynote address at the Social Forum of the U.N. Human Rights Council on October 1, 2019.
GU-Q/EAA Speaker Series
“Development and Diplomacy in the International Arena”
This unique classroom experience for GU-Q students featured Jason Foley, USAID’s Deputy Assistant Administrator of the Bureau for the Middle East.
“Working Together During COVID-19: A Global Approach to Development”
Joe Cerrell, Managing Director of Global Policy and Advocacy for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
The Impact of Movement and Displacement on Education
GU-Q partnered with EAA to host an event in October 2019 on “The Impact of Movement and Displacement on Education,” leading up to the official launch of UNESCO’s Global Education Monitoring Report’s first regional report on education, migration, and displacement in the MENA region. Panelists included Noha Aboueldahab, Brookings Doha Center, Dean Susan L. Karamanian, HBKU College of Law, Dean Ahmad Dallal, and Mustafe Axmed, GU-Q student.
Art Exhibit and Talk by Head of Advocacy at the Education Above All Foundation
Alumnus Mubarak Al-Thani (SFS’10) held a solo art exhibition and public lecture at GU-Q in 2019, explaining how as Head of Advocacy at EAA, he used artwork to communicate the importance of promoting the right to education for marginalized communities in conflict zones.
Unite to Protect Campaign Support
GU-Q was a proud partner of EAA’s #UnitetoProtect campaign, which leads up to the first ever International Day to Protect Education From Attack on September 9, a U.N. General Assembly resolution adopted to mobilize action to safeguard education in armed conflict. In support of this effort, GU-Q released a special message for International Protect Education from Attack Day, and developed a social media campaign to raise awareness of the critical issue of education at risk.
- The #UniteToProtect global campaign to #ProtectEducationFromAttack has been launched with the aim of ending impunity for education-related violations of international law, & to promote global justice. #GetInvolved @EAA_Foundation @QatarAtUN
- According to #EuA2020, education has been attacked 11,000+ times in the past 5 years. Urgent action is needed to #ProtectEducation. We must #UniteToProtect @EAA_Foundation @QatarAtUN
- 22,000 students, teachers, and academics were killed, injured, arrested, or otherwise harmed in attacks in 2015-2019, @GCPEAtweets reports. What can governments do? #UniteToProtect #ProtectEducationFromAttack @EAA_Foundation @QatarAtUN
Education Above All Youth Advocates
GU-Q students regularly serve as EAA Youth Advocates helping to raise awareness about the mission and activities of the foundation. In 2020 GU-Q students and youth advocates shared their expertise at v-Empower 2020, an annual youth conference organized by Reach Out to Asia (ROTA), a program of the Education Above All Foundation (EAA). In 2019 six GU-Q students took part in a Youth Talk ED 2.0 under the edvOcate campaign as EAA Youth Advocates, and in 2016 Dana Al Anzy (SFS’17) addressed the 71st session of the UN General Assembly in her role as EAA Youth Advocate.
Youth Advocate Dana Al Anzy
GU-Q Student Advocates for Access to Education at the United Nations
WISE SUMMIT 2019
Hoyas Put Georgetown Values Into Practice at WISE 2019 Summit and Doha Learning Days