The need to disseminate knowledge
One out of every five people worldwide is illiterate. About 17% of the world adult population lacks the minimum reading and writing skills; two-thirds of these (493 million) are women. Youth illiteracy reached about 122 million people, of whom women account for about 60.7%. Around 67 million children around the world have no access to primary education, while 72 million drop out of secondary education.
The blight of illiteracy goes beyond the issue of being unable to read or write. It is one of the main causes of unemployment, high crime rates and the collapse of public health. It is a major contributor to the rising rates of oppression of women, not to mention the economic pressure it places on the global economy - the skyrocketing cost of illiteracy has surpassed 1.2 trillion USD. Even among those who can read and write, readership and publishing rates are dropping, especially in the Arab world where specialists believe illiteracy and a lack of readership are a root cause of the dramatic decline in the skilled use of the Arabic language.
In this field, MOHAMMED BIN RASHID AL MAKTOUM GLOBAL INITIATIVES uses its initiatives and its affiliates to provide resources to create innovative and effective methods to provide children around the world with education, disseminate knowledge, and support language. Its rationale is that fighting illiteracy is a key element for development, enhancing people’s lives, and improving their relationship with the world around them. The number of beneficiaries in this sector reached more than 15 million people in 58 countries.
What we aim to achieve
Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives seeks to support education, disseminate knowledge, encourage the research and spread of knowledge, and provide children with healthy learning environment free of disease and its causes. The initiatives in this sector have been responsible for the construction 2,126 schools around the world, training 400,000 teachers, distributing and printing more than 3.2 million books, translating 1,000 knowledge-based books, encouraging millions of students in the Arab world to read 50 million books a year and sustaining Arabic language support initiatives.
What we achieved so far
Schools built worldwide
children benefited from educational initiatives
Books printed and distributed
How we disseminate knowledge
The affiliated institutions working on the dissemination of knowledge
Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Award
The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Award was launched in 2015 and seeks to highlight the importance of sharing and transferring knowledge as a key to global development and, ultimately, the prosperity of nations. It aims to encourage those working in knowledge-related fields to innovate and create new ways to spread knowledge around the world, and honour knowledge-related achievements that have benefitted humanity globally.
Mohammed Bin Rashid Arabic Language Award
First launched in 2014, this award serves as the finest honour granted to individuals and institutions working in the field of Arabic language, for their efforts in the promotion, dissemination, and usage of the Arabic language in public life. It further appreciates the efforts that facilitate learning and teaching Arabic, and aims to boost the status of the Arabic language, encouraging stakeholders working on its renaissance.
Organised by the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation, the annual Summit brings together experts from across the globe to discuss knowledge and ways to apply it in a local context. It seeks to highlight the importance of knowledge and to promote the programmes and ideas that help to spread the awareness of knowledge around the world
The Arab Reading Challenge
"“The Arab Reading Challenge” is the largest project to encourage readership among students in the Arab world, with more than one million students committed to read fifty million books throughout the academic year.
The Arab Reading Challenge aims to develop the passion for reading among children and youth in the Arab world, and build reading as a deep-rooted habit in their lives. It opens the door for both educational institutions and parents to play a pivotal role in enhancing readership among new generations of Arab children.
Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation
Established in 2007, the Foundation aims to empower future generations through knowledge. Committed to the creation of knowledge-based societies in the Arab world, it funds research and nurtures ideas and innovation while focusing on its main pillars of education, entrepreneurship, research and development, and translation and publishing.It also hosts awards to strengthen the UAE’s status on the knowledge map.
Dubai Cares is a global humanitarian organisation launched in 2007 to enhance the access of children in developing countries to high-quality primary education through designing and financing integrated, relevant, effective, sustainable and scalable educational programs. Dubai Cares contributes to achieving the second and third goals of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015, namely, ensuring universal primary education and promoting gender equality.