Dubai Cares, part of Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, has announced four new programs that will directly address key educational issues, tackle obstacles to education, and bring new opportunities within the reach of thousands of children in Pacific and the Caribbean Ocean Islands, including Vanuatu.
The programs, worth US$3,5 mln, are set to benefit more than 6,350 school children. It will be implemented in Vanuatu and Kiribati, as well as Antigua and Barbuda, St. Vincent and the Grenadines in the Caribbean. These four programs aim to support countries and islands severely affected by climate change.
In Vanuatu Dubai Cares is rolling out a two-year program in partnership with UNICEF titled ‘Access to Early Childhood Development and Increasing Primary school readiness in Vanuatu’.
The program 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. The program is in line with the Pacific Multi-Country Program (2013-2017) and Ministry of Education’s Early Childhood Development (ECD) strategy. It will be implemented in Penama province and will target pre-schools and parents in 84 communities. This will generate a structure and solid findings for replication and potential scale up, influencing key ECD-related policy decisions in the country and the region as a whole.
Tariq Al Gurg, Chief Executive Officer at Dubai Cares said, “The four new programs 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 programs 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.”