Dubai Cares, part of Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, addresses some of Egypt's most pressing challenges surrounding female education to help nurture a new generation of leaders through an Dhs7,347,000 ($ 2,000,000) programme.
Titled "Ensuring Supportive and Safe Quality Education for Girls in Egypt," the initiative represents Dubai Cares’ first contribution to the country. The three-year programme reflects the need for inclusivity and empowerment, an enhanced school environment, development of teaching methods, as well as revision of school curricula by providing quality education that prepares young people for a successful and fulfilling future.
In addition, it also aims to improve the standard of education for 15,000 students and to ensure they have a safe and engaging environment to learn throughout Upper Egypt’s Assiut, Beni Suief, and Minya governorates. It will also adopt a multi-faceted approach to achieve its objectives by cultivating the leadership skills of girls through extracurricular activities and sports. This will enable them to put their expertise into practice through participation in student unions.
Commenting on the launch, Tariq Al Gurg, Chief Executive Officer at Dubai Cares said, "Our objective for this new and diverse programme is to allow female students in Egypt to recognise and realise their full potential, opening their eyes to what education makes possible, and providing the teaching and learning environment that underpins a quality education. Designed to cultivate leaders and lifelong learners, Dubai Cares aims to build a sustainable and enduring educational and societal legacy for Egypt."
It will also encourage school stakeholders to recognise the importance of empowering female students, improving learning facilities, and raise the overall calibre of education through the development of teachers’ abilities in Arabic tuition.
Furthermore, the programme includes training in active learning techniques and positive discipline methods to create a more engaging school environment.
"This programme takes elements of what we know is working in addressing girls’ education and puts them together to create an integrated package aimed at improving it in Upper Egypt. Through improving school infrastructure, safety of girls in schools, gender awareness, girls’ leadership abilities, and teachers’ skills in active learning methods, we hope to empower the girls reached by this programme," says Nada Al Hajjri, Country Programme Officer at Dubai Cares.