HH Sheikh Mohammed’s directive is in response to a worldwide appeal issued recently by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), seeking funds to educate children in the Al-Baddawi Camp, of which nearly 5,500 have been displaced from the Nahr El-Bared Camp.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed has directed officials to take immediate steps to ensure a smooth start to the students’ new academic year.
The funds from the ‘Dubai Cares’ campaign will cover the cost of installing pre-fabricated school buildings on rented land, repairing schools that are currently used as temporary shelters for the displaced, and converting single shift schools in the nearby town of Tripoli to double shift to accommodate more students. The funds will also cover transportation costs, and appointing counsellors, social workers, specialists and NGO workers to provide psychological support to traumatized children.
Karen Koning Aby Zayd, UNRWA Commissioner General, said: “We have found a solid partner in Dubai Cares to assist refugees with their educational needs. The first generous contribution will enable UNRWA to cover the full education requirements in northern Lebanon. The funds will bring huge relief to the children of the Al-Baddawi Camp, and help the displaced children of the Nahr El Bared refugee camp cope with the consequences of their displacement.”
‘Dubai Cares’ is a global philanthropic educational initiative launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed to help more than one million children. The campaign is the emirate’s contribution to a global drive to assist countries achieve their UN Millennium Development Goals for providing primary education to every child by 2015.
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