UNICEF initiative helps get Iraqi kids back to school

DUBAI - Members of the Travel and Tourism Group welcomed the idea of participating in United Nations Children's Fund initiative of "Getting Iraqi Children Back to School" at their third meeting held recently at the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) head office.

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Published: Wed 16 Jun 2004, 11:57 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 1:57 PM

DTCM Manager Licensing & Classification Khalid bin Touq said, "This success of this initiative, which was welcomed by the tour operators and the Gold and Jewellery Group in our last meeting, will go a long way in extending help to the children in Iraq."

UNICEF embarked on the largest education supply operation in its history to help some 4 million Iraqi children go back to school.

Getting all children back to school in Iraq continues to be the goal that UNICEF and its partners strive for.

In addition to schools in disrepair and a lack of educational supplies, absence of security, violence, lawlessness and the collapsing economy provide additional challenges to meeting this goal and have a particular impact on girls.

A presentation on "Tourism for Persons with Special Needs" was also shown to the members of the Travel and Tourism Group, comprising Dubai Municipality, Dubai Immigration, Gold and Jewellery Group, Dnata and representatives of hotels, tour operators, airlines as well as other private sector enterprises in addition to DTCM members.

Mr Bin Touq said, "We are constantly trying to find ways in making Dubai a friendly place to live and these meetings help us to raise awareness both locally as well as internationally about Dubai's potential as an accessible city for the physically challenged."

Members were also invited to a presentation by the Dubai Municipality which will be held shortly.

The next meeting is to be held in August 2004.

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