How Dubai Cares boosted global education in the ‘historic year’ of 2021

Dubai: With massive commitments at Expo 2020 Dubai, an investment of more than 125 million dirhams for global education and a host of key new initiatives, Dubai Cares has marked 2021 as a historic year of strengthening international health programs. education despite the challenges of COVID-19.

Part of Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, the UAE-based global philanthropic organization, which is also officially associated with the United Nations Department of Global Communications (UNDGC), revealed a series of achievements during the past year.

Marking a series of key milestones during its 14-year journey across 60 developing countries, Dubai Cares concluded 2021 with a number of global achievements that cemented its position as an active advocate for global education transformation, according to a statement from the Dubai Media Office.

Despite the challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, he said Dubai Cares had launched key new initiatives and programs which together contributed to his vision of being a leading global force driving the transformation of education and learning towards a prosperous and sustainable future for all.

Global investment

In 2021, Dubai Cares invested a total of Dh125,912,606 ($34.276 million) in global education through several key components, including the launch of six new programs worth Dh17,916,908 ($4.877 millions of dollars).

Dubai Cares has been able to reach more than 21 million people in 60 developing countries since its inception, bringing the total number of programs to 233, including new programs covering a wide range of themes, including youth skills and the future Labor, and School Health and Nutrition.

Dr Tariq Al Gurg, CEO and Vice President of Dubai Cares, said: “2021 will be remembered as a historic year not only for Dubai Cares, but also for the UAE and the education sector as a whole. together. Our accomplishments over the past year proudly represent our leadership’s enduring commitment to being a proactive global voice for education transformation.

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“The world has long suffered the consequences of a failing and outdated education system. With all the initiatives we have launched over the past year, the UAE has strengthened its role in the global education community as a tireless champion for a brighter future for our children and youth, marked by the resounding success of initiatives such as the RewirEd Summit among our other key commitments.

He said the founder of Dubai Cares, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, was the main driver behind the innovative commitments that have made 2021 the year most successful to date for the organization.

“[The vision of His Highness] resonated as an inspiration for us to push the boundaries and provide the best solutions that can give children and young people around the world the future they deserve,” he added.

Dubai Cares at Expo

The Dubai Cares Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai under the theme “The Future is Human” invites visitors of all ages, including children, young people, parents, educators, high profile delegates and people from all backgrounds to experience an immersive and interactive journey into the future of education, skills and work.

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Dubai Cares Pavilion, Expo 2020 Dubai
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The pavilion attracted 74,488 international and local visitors in 2021 and hosted 4,641 students from more than 250 schools, who participated in educational workshops organized by Dubai Cares. It hosted 874 school visits in 2021, allowing teachers and students to debunk myths around learning and gain insight into the future of education and the skills of the future.

The pavilion hosted 47 events on various topics as well as 58 delegations including UN representatives, government officials, high-level dignitaries and private institutions.

RewirEd Summit

Bringing together 2,810 in-person and 1,376 virtual attendees from over 90 countries, the three-day RewirEd Summit, which took place December 12-14 at Expo 2020 Dubai, firmly established the UAE’s place on the the world map as an important center for high-level discussions on the future of education.

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RewirEd Summit at Expo 2020 Dubai
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The Summit brought together 500 international speakers, including 38 current and former presidents, heads of state and ministers, to deliberate on critical but largely overlooked education-related topics that would help shape the future of the ecosystem of the education.

It featured the launch of key initiatives such as the “Passport to Win”, the “RewirEd Global Declaration on Connectivity for Education”, the “Toolkit for Sharjah Child-Friendly Schools and Nurseries”, the “UNESCO Futures of Education Report” and “RewirEd Global Declaration on Connectivity for Education.

Initiatives such as “Innovating Education in Africa Pitch” and “RewirEd Provocations Award Ceremony” were other highlights.

Results report

The outcomes of the RewirEd Summit will be captured in a results report, led by the Education Commission, which will feed into the Transforming Education Summit, to be convened by UN Secretary-General António Guterres in September 2022. The report will highlight the case for investment and a clear call to action in the countdown to 2030.

Amina Mohammed, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations, said: “I thank Dubai Cares and its partners for bringing us together at this crucial time. The COVID-19 pandemic risks turning a global learning crisis into a generational catastrophe that is undermining decades of progress and threatening our collective efforts to achieve the SDGs by 2030. But this crisis also presents us with an opportunity to closing the equity gap, reaching the most vulnerable, investing in girls’ education and ending learning poverty.

“I commend Dubai Cares and its partners for bringing us together to seize this opportunity. The deliberations of the RewirEd Summit form an important building block for the Transforming Education Summit that we [the UN] will meet next September. Together, we can help build public support and political commitment for education and ensure that promises translate into ambitious action for learners everywhere. »

The RewirEd Summit was led by Dubai Cares, in partnership with Expo 2020 Dubai and in close coordination with the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MoFAIC), and organized in partnership with global stakeholders.

Committed volunteers

Despite the current health crisis, volunteers have remained committed to supporting Dubai Cares activities by participating in key events including RewirEd Talks, RewirEd Summit, Dubai Cares Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai and Volunteer Emirates (School Kits Packing and School Refurbishment). The organization also participated in two high profile events, including the International Association for Voluntary Effort (IAVE) Global Volunteer Leadership Summit, hosted in partnership with the Emirates Foundation and the annual Strategy Webinar. Emirates Schools Work Placement Program to further strengthen the UAE’s position as a civic leader.

Online fundraising

In 2021, Dubai Cares launched an online fundraising platform on its website to encourage digital donations, inviting residents of the UAE and beyond to help those in need, to take action in times of emergency or celebrate an occasion such as a birthday or wedding by inviting friends and family to donate to support children’s education rather than the usual gifts.

The single platform allows fundraisers to choose the cause they wish to support, such as Adopt-a-School, Water Sanitation and Hygiene, School Feeding, Early Childhood Development, youth empowerment, girls’ education and teacher training, among others. By registering on the platform, fundraisers have the ability to track contributions to their campaign.

Worthy storytelling

In line with the UAE’s vision to promote human dignity in the world, Dubai Cares launched Dignified Storytelling in May 2021 with Expo 2020 Dubai and the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MoFAIC). The goal of the initiative is to create an ecosystem that fosters a shared understanding and practice of storytelling within the development and humanitarian sector that preserves and upholds the dignity of all people and contributes to development goals. sustainability (SDG).

Expo-worthy storytelling event

Expo-worthy storytelling event
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Dubai Cares hosted the Dignified Storytelling Forum on Human Rights Day (December 10) at Expo 2020 Dubai and also launched the Dignified Storytelling Handbook during the Forum.