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
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.
The Knowledge Conference is considered to be one of the most important and significant international gatherings focused on sharing experiences and transferring knowledge. It is the ideal universal platform to discuss the ways to strengthen the culture of building knowledge-based societies and sustainable economies. During the annual event, the Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Knowledge is delivered. The one million USD award is offered to honour individuals, bodies and institutions who made global achievements in the various areas of knowledge, for their outstanding contributions to disseminating knowledge, raising awareness, and promoting sustainable development.
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 Foundation
Established in 2007, the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation aims to build an Arab generation equipped with knowledge, capable of facing the challenges of sustainable development in the Arab world, coming up with innovative and sustainable solutions which stem from the local environment in order to deal with the unique problems their communities have to face.
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.