Don’t let our chil­dren go un­e­d­u­cated

Char­ity’s mes­sage as $10m is do­nated

7 Days in Dubai - - NEWS - By 7DAYS News Team @7DAYSUAE news@7days.ae

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.

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