Dubai Cares education programmes supported by Mace fundraising

03 April 2018 2 min. read

To support children in their formative years, and as part of the global UN Sustainable Development Goals, philanthropic organisation Dubai Cares offers support across a broad range of educational levels throughout developing countries globally. Through a number of sponsored events last year, The Mace Foundation, the philanthropic arm of international consultancy and construction firm Mace, raised AED145,953 for Dubai Cares’ initiatives.

The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) outline a broad vision for the transformation of the global economy towards a more sustainable framework for development. One of the many key ambitions of the goals is to provide adequate education for all human beings and promote lifelong learning by 2030, across the full development stages of a person’s life.

One of the organisations supporting the achievement of the SDG education goals is Dubai Cares. Established by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the vice president and prime minister of the UAE, the philanthropic organisation has over a ten-year period launched education programmes that have reached more than 18 million beneficiaries, in a total of 53 countries including in Yemen, Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine.Dubai Cares underprivileged education programmesThe charity focuses on improving education capacity at the country and regional level, developing an inclusive environment for girls and boys as well as providing crises education. As it stands, just 2% of humanitarian aid goes to supporting the ongoing educational needs of victims of conflict, with many people in war-torn areas denied access to education during key developmental periods.

The mission of Dubai Cares, to fulfil its part in the SDG goals, is supported by the philanthropic arm of global engineering and consultancy firm Mace. It’s Mace Foundation has been raising money for the Dubai Cares since 2016, and last year raised AED145,953 through various sponsorship supported activities, including cycling challenges, sponsored walks and quiz nights.

The money raised will support the efforts of the charity broadly, including the ‘Ensuring the Supportive and Safe Quality of Education for Girls in Egypt’ programme. Desi Aitcheson, Mace Foundation Trustee, said; “We are thrilled to have raised this huge amount of money for Dubai Cares. We hope that the funds raised by Mace will help make a huge difference to so many children and young people’s lives in developing countries.”

Tariq Al Gurg, Chief Executive Officer at Dubai Cares, said in response, “We are very pleased to partner with the Mace Foundation whose contribution to Dubai Cares is valuable and will undoubtedly help us reach more underprivileged children and young people around the world. Through this generous donation, we hope to transform the lives of underprivileged children and young people, thus helping them build a promising and thriving future for themselves.”