Dubai Cares launches four new programmes in Caribbean and Pacific IslandsOctober 1, 2017, 5:35 am GMT
Dubai Cares is launching four new programmes to address educational issues in the Caribbean and Pacific Islands.
The programmes, worth AED 12.8 million (US $3.5 million) will benefit more that 6,350 students in Antigua and Barbuda, St Vincent and the Grenadines in the Caribbean, as well as Vanuatu and Kiribati in the Pacific Ocean.
The four programmes aim to support countries and islands severely affected by climate change.
In the Caribbean, Dubai Cares has launched two new programmes, with the first being in St. Vincent and the Grenadine and in partnership with The Zero Hunger Trust Fund. The programme aims to improve the schools' internal facilities to foster health and safety by supporting children's learning opportunities, and ensuring they have at least one nutritious meal per day. The program provides 2,139 school children with monitored school feeding across 12 primary schools.
Dubai Cares' program in Antigua and Barbuda, titled 'Renovation of Villa Primary School in Antigua and Barbuda', is being implemented in partnership with the Extended Arms Foundation and aims to renovate the Villa Primary School Antigua, and improve the physical environment and infrastructure at the school. This programme will benefit 355 school children.
In the Pacific Ocean, Dubai Cares is rolling out a two-year programme in Vanuatu in partnership with UNICEF titled 'Access to Early Childhood Development and Increasing Primary school readiness in Vanuatu'. The programme aims to adopt a holistic and integrated approach to improve early childhood education through several components such as quality of instruction, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) facilities, nutrition, and child protection. The intervention also addresses parenting support and improving quality of service provision at early childhood centers in order to improve school readiness and the transition from pre-school to primary school. It will be implemented in Penama province and will target pre-schools and parents in 84 communities.
In Kiribati, Dubai Cares' programme aims to support the government in developing policy and quality standards to improve the existing national curriculum and services. The programme, which is also being implemented in partnership with UNICEF, explores the introduction and operationalisation of a one-year school readiness programme for all five-year olds in Kiribati. In addition, the programme involves capacity-building and development of the Ministry of Education staff through education policy review and analysis, technical expertise, and piloting of a pre-primary education program. This programme is implemented concurrently with the Kiribati Development Plan, which is a national comprehensive plan funded by multiple international organizations. This two-year programme benefits around 1,000 school children.Dubai Cares CEO Tariq Al Gurg said: "The four new programmes in the Caribbean and Pacific Ocean Islands are designed to drive lasting institutional and structural changes, aimed at enhancing the quality of education through awareness-raising activities, strategic planning and intervention, policy involvement and technical training. These programmes reflect our commitment to continuously identify new interventions, particularly where countries are in need of resources, improved infrastructures and provide quality education to support the development of children. Moreover, our recent intervention in Antigua and Barbuda comes at a time when support to the education sector in the Caribbean is much needed due to the recent devastation brought on by hurricane Irma."
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