DUBAI: Dubai Cares, part of Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, hosted on Wednesday a special ceremony to celebrate the UAE-based global philanthropic organisation’s 10th anniversary and extended its gratitude to the UAE community for its generous support over the past decade.
The ceremony, which was attended by Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, Sheikh Maktoum Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, was held at the Armani Hotel Dubai.
Dubai Cares also took advantage of the gathering of dignitaries, donors, partners and supporters to outline its achievements over the past decade, honour key donors and supporters who have been continuously supporting Dubai Cares over the years, as well as outline the future plans of the philanthropic organisation to address needs and challenges in developing countries across the entire education spectrum.
While its emphasis during its first 10 years has been on supporting primary school-age children, as a key component of the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the organisation will now extend its reach to address the systemic factors and causes behind the large number of out-of-school children and youth globally. As part of its future plans, Dubai Cares will increase its focus on funding interventions in areas where governments are unable to provide services, such as Education in Emergencies programmes, aimed at supporting the most vulnerable children and young people.
Dubai Cares will also 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 place emphasis on capacity development and mobilisation of resources at national level by providing support to local education groups, national education coalitions in civil society, and consortia of foundations in countries where Dubai Cares has strategic involvement. These plans are aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 4 which is designed to be achieved by 2030 and intended to build on the actions from the MDGs and place more emphasis on learning outcomes, early childhood development, access to secondary and tertiary education, vocational training, adult literacy and global citizenship.
Addressing Dubai Cares’ donors and supporters during the ceremony, Sheikh Mohammed said, “You have been with us since the beginning of our journey aimed at supporting children in developing countries in their quest for quality education. The children whom we have provided primary education are now in need of completing their education and we are committed to addressing their education needs, with a particular focus on quality of education to transform communities in developing countries.”
The ceremony began with a video of the UAE national anthem featuring a performance by young members of the Dubai Cares- funded ‘Sinfonia por el Peru’ - an organisation using music classes as a tool for community and socio-emotional development. It was followed by a video message from some key partners of Dubai Cares from around the world, with a message of gratitude on this special occasion.