Manal Foundation launches girls education campaign in Egypt, Nepal and Senegal

The Sheikha Manal Bint Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation, has launched a campaign to support girls’ education in Egypt, Nepal and Senegal.

The drive is part of the Year of Giving declared by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and a response to the call of Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, to activate the activities of Year of Giving in manner that expands values of giving during the holy month of Ramadan, as well as inculcating the culture of giving.

Under the Al Manal Humanitarian Initiative, the campaign, in collaboration with Dubai Cares, aims to increase children’s access to quality education. Earlier, Dubai Cares launched a successful campaign to support over 16 million children in 45 developing countries.

Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of the UAE Gender Balance Council, the President of Dubai Women Establishment, wife of H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, said, "Access to good education for each child is one of the key pillars of evolution and development of any society."

"We are aware there are social and economic factors in many countries that prevent girls from accessing equal education opportunities. This has a negative impact on these girls and their future, depriving them of fair participation as effective partners in the development of society," she said.

Sheikh Manal noted, "We launched this educational initiative to make a difference in lives of children, and more specifically, girls."

According to Sheikha Manal's initiative, two schools will be built in Nepal and Senegal to provide good education for girls and boys.

According to report by UNESCO, there are 774 million illiterate people worldwide, of which two thirds are women. There are still 62 million girls deprived of their essential right to education, and 31 million girls of primary school age out of school.

The international body reports also that the number of girls who are unable to read has reached 100 million in low and medium income countries.

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