Plans for primary education programmes to be established in Djibouti by Dubai Cares and the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) were announced on Sunday. The project is the first initiative under a Dubai Cares-Unicef partnership announced last week and will be carried out in association with the East African country’s government.
Dubai Cares – the fundraising drive launched last year to help educate a million children in developing countries – will provide the funding and Unicef will implement the plans. The announcement was made by Abdi Ibrahim Absieh, Djibouti Minister of Education, Dr Aloys Kamuragiye, Unicef Representative in Djibouti and Omar Shehadeh, advisor-external Affairs, Dubai Cares.
“The Dubai Cares initiative is a welcome one for the people of Djibouti and is expected to support the government in fulfilling its obligations to provide quality education to all Djiboutian children, especially the most disadvantaged living in rural areas and slum quarters of the capital city,” said the country’s education minister, Abdi Ibrahim Absieh. “Dubai’s contribution will allow the government to move from making promises to children to concrete achievements in the basic education sector.”
Beneficiaries of the programme will include 30,000 children in five communities where schools will be built or restored. An additional 10,000 children will benefit from improved school environments while more than 60,000 children between six and 16 years will benefit from better quality education through life-skills education. And 1,700 teachers will receive training.
Dubai Cares is Dubai’s contribution to the UN Millennium Development Goals of providing primary education to every child by 2015. The initiative validates the emirate’s commitment to play a role in securing a better tomorrow for future generations. (Wam)
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