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|Purpose||Primary education in developing countries|
|Reem Ibrahim Al Hashimy|
Dubai Cares is a charity working to provide children in developing countries with access to quality primary education. Dubai Cares' mission to increase children’s access to quality primary education is realized through integrated programs that eliminate the underlying obstacles that prevent children from going to school and learning. This is achieved through building and renovating schools and classrooms, improving water, sanitation and hygiene in schools, providing school feeding, deworming activities, early childhood education, as well as teacher training, curriculum development, literacy and numeracy.
Education is the most effective tool to break the cycle of poverty, a belief held by the founder His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai. It was from this belief and the desire to give children - regardless of their nationality, creed or religion - the opportunity to become positive contributors to society, that His Highness established Dubai Cares in September 2007.
Cross Cutting Themes
Gender equality is a cross cutting theme in all Dubai Cares’ education programs with an approach that aims to secure equal access for boys and girls to safe learning environments with adequate facilities, materials and academic support from qualified teachers and engaged communities.
Central to Dubai Cares’ approach is a focus on monitoring, evaluation and learning. Through the design and support of catalytic and innovative programs, Dubai Cares seeks to test alternative models and hypotheses that can increase the impact of interventions and contribute to the global body of evidence-based best practices.
Over the past 9 years, Dubai Cares has successfully launched education programs reaching over 16 million beneficiaries in 45 developing countries in partnership with UN aid agencies and international and local NGOs such as the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Plan International, World Food Program (WFP), Pratham, Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi, Associates in Research and Education for Development (ARED), CARE International, International Rescue Committee (IRC) and Save the Children among others.
With the support of the UAE community, Dubai Cares is making a difference in the lives of children and their communities by:
• Building and renovating 1,580 classrooms and schools • Providing more than 770 water wells and potable water sources and constructing more than 5,900 latrines in schools • Providing nutritious food to 482,350 children in schools. • Training over 63,990 teachers • Keeping more than 34.4 million children free from intestinal worms through de-worming activities. • Distributing over 2.8 million books written in local languages. • Establishing over 5,100 Parent-Teacher Associations
Dubai Cares has been investing heavily in developing innovative partnership models that not only promote enhanced program delivery, but also institutional and sectoral learning.
In order to identify program opportunities, Dubai Cares assesses the needs of local communities and designs interventions that generate immediate and long-term impact in the lives of children and their communities. Dubai Cares works through an implementing partnership model with UN agencies, multi-lateral international and national non-governmental organizations.
To date, Dubai Cares has supported education programs in Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Cambodia, Chad, Comoros Islands, Djibouti, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ivory Coast, Jordan, Kenya, Laos, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mexico, Mozambique, Nepal, Niger, Pakistan, Palestine, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Vanuatu, Vietnam, Yemen and Zambia.
Shaping the Global Education Agenda
Globally, Dubai Cares plays a crucial role in advancing the education development agenda. In September 2012, the organization was selected by UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon to join as a partner in his 5-year Global Education First Initiative which was launched during the week of the UN General Assembly in New York to ensure quality, relevant and transformative education for all children across the world.
Also in 2014, and as part of the London Declaration on NTDs, Dubai Cares joined a global alliance led by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, with 13 leading pharmaceutical companies, global health organizations, private foundations and donors, and governments pledging support to reduce the global burden of NTDs. One of Dubai Cares’ strategic approaches to improving student enrollment and learning outcomes is through an integrated school health and nutrition model that is made up of NTD control, school feeding and WASH (Water Sanitation & Hygiene) in schools.
Dubai Cares seeks to be a technical convener on education issues, especially in developing and contributing to the post 2015 MDG agenda and as a champion of innovative programs and policies. For example, in February 2012 Dubai Cares supported and hosted the second Learning Metrics Task Force (LMTF) meeting in Dubai to identify common learning goals in order to improve learning opportunities for children and youth across the world. The LMTF was convened by the Brookings Institution and UNESCO in order to ensure that learning becomes a central component of the global development agenda, in line with the global “Education First” initiative.
Community Engagement in the UAE
In the UAE, Dubai Cares engages residents through a series of volunteer, awareness and fundraising initiatives that are linked to its global mandate. These initiatives include the annual Walk for Education, Volunteer Emirates, Volunteer Globally and Ramadan Campaign.
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