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Dubai: Dubai Cares will be launching educational programmes and interventions in emergencies and crisis zones, CEO Tareq Al Gurg has announced.

The announcement came during this week’s high-level meeting on the sidelines of the 70th UN General Assembly in New York.

A Dubai Cares delegation led by Al Gurg joined UN representatives and other relevant agencies to discuss the post-2015 education development agenda as part of the Sustainable Development Goals for the next 15 years.

Dubai Cares also co-hosted an event titled ‘Education: A Lifeline, Not a Luxury’ in partnership with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) on the sidelines of the assembly.

During the co-hosted event, Al Gurg was joined by David Miliband, President and CEO of IRC, along with government ministers, development donors and private sector representatives.

Al Gurg said Dubai Cares will be championing education in emergencies in order to address the critical need to provide quality education to children affected by crisis.

Rough estimates predict that there are more than 19.5 million refugees globally, with 50 per cent of these being children. Dubai Cares had previously launched a number of educational emergency response programmes in crisis-hit countries such as Palestine, Lebanon, Pakistan and Haiti.

Speaking at the event, Al Gurg highlighted how education has been neglected in war-torn and crisis-hit countries, stating: “Over 37 million children and adolescents have been forced out of school by conflict and emergency. Our goal today is to make a stronger case for education in emergencies through evidence-based interventions that succeed not only in ensuring access to education, but also in providing children the opportunity to learn and cope while in unstable environments. We need to show greater commitment to the children and their parents who have voiced their need for education despite their uncertain conditions.”

Al Gurg also stressed the importance of realising the realities of the Middle East region when it comes to emergencies, adding: “We are inspired by the firm belief of our founder His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, that education is one of the most effective tools to break the cycle of poverty. To achieve this, a greater focus needs to be placed on the fragile and conflict-affected situations in the Middle East and around the world.”

Despite the growing number of children caught in conflict, statistics show that around one per cent of overall humanitarian aid is spent on education.

Commenting on the event, Lana Nusseibeh, Permanent Representative of the UAE to the UN, said Dubai Cares’ commitment to “the advancement of global education and now towards education in emergencies exemplifies our unified vision as a country to bring sustainable development to those in most need”.

Miliband added that the IRC is “honoured to be partnering with Dubai Cares, which has already shown great leadership in addressing this vitally important global challenge”.

Source : https://gulfnews.com/news/uae/education/dubai-cares-to-fund-education-in-conflict-zones-1.1595400

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