Tue 14-03-2017 17:51 PM

Dubai Cares urges community to empower underprivileged children and young people with education

DUBAI, 14th March, 2017 (WAM) -- Dubai Cares, part of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, has called upon the UAE community, including its longstanding donors and supporters to reaffirm their commitment, as the philanthropic organisation embarks on a new chapter for the next 10 years.

The organisation encouraged members of the community to contribute to its work and make a lasting difference in the lives of millions of children and young people around the world.

Addressing a press conference, Tariq Al Gurg, Chief Executive Officer at Dubai Cares, said: " We are currently witnessing the ‘Year of Giving 2017’ further instilling within our community the values of giving and the importance of lending a helping hand to disadvantaged people in the UAE and abroad. The ethos of giving are quite evident in the work and the impact illustrated by Dubai Cares as we are now reaching more than 16 million children and young people in 45 developing countries. This has only been made possible through the incredible support of the UAE community.

"As we look forward to accomplish even more in the next 10 years, we encourage members of our community to embark on a journey of giving, empowerment and hope by renewing their commitment to supporting our noble philanthropic cause that will transform the lives of millions of children and young people, strengthen communities, and help build a promising and thriving future," he added.

As part of its future plans, Dubai Cares will increase its focus on funding interventions in areas where governments have limited resources or are unable to provide services in situations of conflict, natural disasters and epidemics to support the most vulnerable children and young people.

It will increase funding for research-oriented programmes and establish pilot initiatives that provide meaningful and valuable evidence for governments, policymakers, and civil society, to support them in defining an educational framework for the future.

Dubai Cares will also support capacity development and mobilisation of resources at national level by providing assistance to local education groups, national education coalitions in civil society, and consortia of foundations in countries where it has strategic involvement.

Despite the breakthroughs made by Dubai Cares and the international community, 263 million children and young people around the world are out of school. The scale of the issue is immense and more support is needed to generate long-lasting impact on children and young people's lives. In order to achieve this goal, Dubai Cares will play a key role in supporting the UAE government’s strategy to achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG4) to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

The donors who pledged on the occasion to support Dubai Cares in its new chapter were LuLu Group International with an AED 10 million commitment, Al Ansari Exchange with an AED 10 million pledge and Mahesh Menda, Chairman and Managing Director of World of Electricals with an AED 1 million commitment.

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