The Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) and Dubai Cares have signed a Memorandum of Understanding aimed at supporting the Dubai-based philanthropic organisation’s efforts in the UAE, and developing countries, through a series of fundraising and community engagement initiatives.
The agreement was signed by Dr Tayeb Kamali, Vice Chancellor of the Higher Colleges of Technology, and Tariq Al Gurg, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Cares and will be effective for a period of two years.
As part of the agreement, HCT will roll out fundraising activities amongst their students to raise funds for the philanthropic organisation in support of providing quality primary education to children in developing countries. In addition, HCT students will be invited to participate in Dubai Cares’ community engagement activities such as Volunteer Emirates, Volunteer Globally and Walk for Education. HCT students will also get the chance to join Dubai Cares staff during field visits in developing countries.
Dubai Cares will provide assistance to the HCT students in their projects, research papers and theses on various topics as well as share reports and findings with the colleges from its primary education programs in developing countries. Furthermore, the agreement presents Dubai Cares’ employees with the opportunity to visit the HCT campuses to conduct lectures and presentations to faculty, staff and students on various philanthropy topics.
Commenting on how the agreement with Dubai Cares will strengthen HCT’s commitment to social welfare, humanitarian and community issues, Dr. Tayeb Kamali, Vice Chancellor of the Higher Colleges of Technology, said: “The Higher Colleges of Technology has always maintained an active involvement in community-based initiatives, such as those undertaken by Dubai Cares, and we look forward to having a very active partnership with Dubai Cares as we support them in their worthy cause. We strive not only to produce high-achieving students, but also valuable members of their communities and our nation who devote time and effort in the service and support of others who may be in need, whether locally or internationally.”
Dr Kamali said that the agreement with Dubai Cares would help reinforce a number of HCT’s graduate outcomes for its students, including global awareness, citizenship, team work and leadership: “Our focus is to provide our students with the best possible educational experiences across a broad range of workplace -relevant programs, as well providing them with the skills, confidence and knowledge to thrive in modern society, where they can make a positive impact.”
Commenting on this collaboration, Tariq Al Gurg, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Cares, said: “To date, Dubai Cares is reaching more than 8 million children in 31 developing countries. Our achievements as a philanthropic organization would not have been realized without the support of organizations such as the Higher Colleges of Technology, which recognises the weight and impact of our philanthropic efforts. We greatly value their support, which will offer us an opportunity to work closely with their students and faculty who will become goodwill ambassadors in their own communities, spreading the word about the impact our programs are making on the lives of millions around the world.”
Dubai Cares’ mission to increase children’s access to quality primary education is realised through integrated programs that eliminate the underlying obstacles that prevent children from going to school and learning. This is achieved through building and renovating schools and classrooms, improving water, sanitation and hygiene in schools, providing school feeding, early childhood education, school-based deworming activities as well as teacher training, curriculum development, literacy and numeracy.
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