In 2007 Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid, Vice President of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai launched Dubai Cares to raise money to educate children in poor countries, and ever since its launch the campaign has been going strong with its latest programme investing in sending refugees to school.
Dubai Cares will be investing more than Dhs11.4 million over the next couple of years into two schools in Gaza, Palestine, helping to provide education to more than 2,750 Palestinian refugee children.
The programme is part of the ‘Rebuild Palestine, Start with Education’ initiative, which has been launched in partnership with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNWRA).
The money will ensure that the necessary supplies of learning materials are provided, as well as going towards sustaining the schools’ staff of 90 along with their assistants at the Zaitoun Elementary Co-ed ‘C’ school and the Beit Hanoun Prep Girls ‘B’ school.
As well as helping to provide primary education to children in developing countries. Dubai Cares, also offer an Adopt a School initiative, which involves corporations and individuals ‘adopting’ a school to help provide quality education to thousands of children. Last year saw 26 schools adopted in Palestine, Nepal, Senegal and Malawi.
Adopting a school will provide the school with infrastructure, book supplies, gender specific latrines, teacher training and adult literacy.
This year, schools are available for adoption from Malawi, Nepal, Palestine and Senegal, with prices ranging from around Dhs130,000 to Dhs187,000.
The charity also focuses heavily on gender equality in education, using an approach that tries to secure equal access for both boys and girls to safe learning environments with adequate facilities, materials and staff.
Since its establishment, Dubai Cares has built and renovated over 2,100 classrooms and schools, provided more than 1,400 water wells and potable sources, constructed over 3,400 latrines in schools, provided nutritious food on a daily basis to more than 505,000 children in schools, trained over 42,000 teachers, distributed more than 2.2 million books and kept more than 2.75 million children worm-free.