Don’t let our children go uneducated
Charity’s message as $10m is donated
Dubai Cares is to donate $10 million to fund research that will focus on ensuring refugee children receive an education.
Tariq Al Gurg, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Cares, made the announcement in New York on the sidelines of the 71st UN General Assembly.
He said despite countries across the global donating cash to refugees, only a fraction is currently channelled to education.
The funding will go towards Evidence for Education in Emergencies (E3), which will examine ways to ensure millions of child refugees do not grow up uneducated.
The research will inform decision-makers working to create effective policies.
The donation came after UNICEF said 28 million children have been driven from their homes by conflict.
Speaking at the event in New York, Al Gurg said: “Clearly there are worsening problems throughout the Middle East and beyond.
“Children are particularly vulnerable, with their education often impacted or denied altogether. Today, Dubai Cares is announcing a five-year research envelope worth Dhs36,735,000 [$10 million], which aims to generate more and better evidence to inform decision and policy makers on what works and what models of delivery of education in emergencies offer the greatest potential for impact.” He continued: “We stand witness to billions of dollars spent on humanitarian aid, with only 1 per cent allocated to education. “In order to increase that percentage and tackle the huge education deficit currently on our hands, more evidence on the impact that different emergency education interventions have on the educational achievements and the socio-emotional wellbeing of children and youth affected by instability and crises is necessary. “That is the purpose behind the launch of E3.” Last week, Khaled Abdel Shafi, Director of the Regional Hub of the UN Development Programme, warned that so many Syrian children are now out of school that there is a risk that a “whole generation” could be uneducated and illiterate.