In the month of April, Dubai Cares joined international philanthropists and partners for a series of high-level meetings held under the auspices of the United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education, Gordon Brown. The meetings, held in Washington D.C. and New York, served as a platform to discuss the progression of the UN Millennium Development Goal number 2 of achieving universal primary education, and focused on challenges in the education sector, in light of the fast approaching 2015 target date.
The Dubai Cares delegation led by Tariq Al Gurg, Chief Executive Officer, also attended meetings organized by A World At School, the World Bank and the Economic Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations.
As a member of the Technical Advisory Group of the UN Secretary General’s Global Education First Initiative, the Dubai Cares delegation contributed to conversations surrounding the role of education in the achievement of the United Nations’ Development Agenda, which focuses on helping millions around the world emerge from poverty.
The UN Secretary General’s Global Education First Initiative aims to ensure quality, relevant and transformative education for all children across the world. Through a series of key program launches in 2013, Dubai Cares has established itself as a strong supporter of the initiative. Such programs include a Home Grown School Feeding program in Ethiopia, an Early Childhood Education program in Bosnia, and most recently a Holistic Quality Learning program in Pakistan.