Last week we saw Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai fill his personal private plane with Dhs1.29 million of aid to send to Haiti in a huge act of generosity.

Now, another one of Sheikh Mohammed’s projects, charity Dubai Cares, has announced the allocation of Dhs73,470,000 to the Education in Emergencies initiative.

The money will go towards three programmes in Lebanon, Niger and Sierra Leone in addition to future programmes to be announced in the coming year.

On top of the generous pledge, Dubai Cares have also launched a new community awareness and fundraising campaign called #LastILearned, in support of their Education in Emergencies strategy.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is renowned for his charity work

The #LastILearned campaign will run for a month in order to raise both funds and awareness for the children affected by conflict and natural disasters.

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The statement read: “Education is a fundamental right of every child, yet in times of conflict and disaster access to education gets disrupted and in many cases result in lost generations of children and youth.”

The CEO of Dubai Cares, Tariq Al Gurg spoke up on the subject, saying: “Despite the growing number of children caught in conflict and natural disasters, statistics show only one per cent of overall humanitarian aid is spent on education.

“This makes the needs of children living in fragile states an urgent priority for us.

“We have to unite and act faster than ever to ensure that children’s education is not interrupted, resulting in generations missing out on an education they so desperately need.”

To make a donation, you can head to the Dubai Care website.

Such work heralded by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai proves why the UAE was voted one of the top three most empathic countries in the world. 

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