Dubai Cares signs MoU with Global Partnership of Education

A Dubai Cares delegation attended a series of high-level meetings in New York on universal access to quality education, during the 68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly last week.

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Published: Sun 29 Sep 2013, 1:32 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 6:42 PM

The Dubai Cares delegation, led by Chief Executive Officer Tariq Al Gurg, attended the Ministerial Country Meetings held in support of the UN Secretary-General’s Global Education First Initiative.

The meetings focused on specific challenges and concrete steps to accelerate progress toward ensuring that as many children go to school as possible by 2015, with a specific focus on reaching marginalised groups living in countries in turmoil.

During the assembly, Dubai Cares signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Global Partnership for Education (GPE), a multi-stakeholder partnership of developing and donor countries, multilateral agencies, civil society organisations and the private sector. The MoU will serve as a framework for cooperation and collaboration to ensure adequate use of existing resources.

Attending the signing ceremony, Shaikha Lubna Al Qasimi, Minister of Development and International Co-operation, highlighted the increasing role the UAE is playing globally. “The signing of an MoU between Dubai Cares and the Global Partnership for Education is a significant milestone in terms of the role that UAE organisations such as Dubai Cares can play in facilitating solutions to global issues.”

Al Gurg said social and economic prosperity was linked to the level of education and skill set.

“We are part of a knowledge-based global economy, where quality education is the key to breaking the cycle of poverty. Therefore, the lack of access to schools and quality primary education is an issue that needs to be addressed urgently as it deprives so many of the opportunities of higher education as well as social and personal development, thus limiting community and national growth.”

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