Dubai Cares, part of Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, has announced an investment of nearly $3.5 million in four new programs designed to address critical educational issues in Caribbean and Pacific Ocean island countries affected by climate change.
In the Caribbean, the foundation is launching programs in Antigua and Barbuda and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. In partnership with the Zero Hunger Trust Fund, the effort in St. Vincent and the Grenadines will focus on improving school facilities, advancing learning opportunities, and ensuring that students have at least one nutritious meal a day. In Antigua and Barbuda, the philanthropic organization, in partnership with the Extended Arms Foundation, is supporting renovations at Villa Primary School, including enhancements of the school’s physical plant and infrastructure.
In the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu, the organization, in partnership with UNICEF, is rolling out a program called Access to Early Childhood Development and Increasing Primary School Readiness that has several components, including a focus on quality of instruction; water, sanitation, and hygiene facilities; nutrition; and child protection. In Kiribati, the organization and UNICEF have launched a program that will support government efforts to develop policy and quality standards for the existing school curriculum and will also explore the operationalization of a one-year school readiness program for all five-year-olds.
"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," said Dubai Cares CEO Tariq Al Gurg. "These programs reflect our commitment to continuously identify new interventions, particularly where countries are in need of resources, improved infrastructures, and...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."