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Dubai Cares reiterates its commitment to 'Education in Emergencies' on the sidelines of the 72nd UN General Assembly

At this vital event, and through his opening remarks, Tariq Al Gurg, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Cares, highlighted the opportunities for strategic engagement. The participants also learnt about the fund’s progress from its leading political champion Rt. Hon Gordon Brown and the fund’s vision from Director Yasmine Sherif.

Tony Lake, Executive Director of the United Nations Children's Fund, UNICEF; Filippo Grandi, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, UNHCR, and David Miliband, President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee, IRC, also spoke at the event.

Speaking at the Dubai Cares and Education Cannot Wait joint event, Al Gurg said, "Education Cannot Wait continues to mobilise the public and political commitments needed to get every crisis-affected child into school and learning by 2030. The investments are already made and the ongoing advocacy and operations are the basis of an extraordinary global effort to transform the system. Yet, there is still an overwhelming need for collective action towards providing educational opportunities for every child affected by emergencies and protracted crises.

"Such a gathering is instrumental in bringing together the best minds from around the world to exchange opinions and ideas, share best practices, highlight challenges and formulate solutions. Businesspeople, leaders, employers, innovators, humanitarians and philanthropists have a critical role to play in tackling this issue and their influence is crucial to the success of the fund."

So far, Dubai Cares has launched eight ‘Education in Emergencies’ programmes worth AED78,060,471 (US$ 21,249,618) in Colombia, Iraq, Liberia, Nepal, Niger, Palestine and Sierra Leone. It also targets children affected by the Syrian crisis in Jordan and Lebanon, with the total number of beneficiaries reaching 323,900.

Author: WAM/Tariq alfaham

This article originally appeared in the Emirates News Agency online



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