• 17 October 2013

On the occasion of International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, Dubai Cares, the UAE-based philanthropic organization working to improve children’s access to quality primary education in developing countries, underscored the significance of education in breaking the cycle of poverty.

Tariq Al Gurg, Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Cares said: “There is a clear link between education and breaking the cycle of poverty, overcoming prejudice and kick-starting development. In developing countries where poverty is prevalent, education is the key to raising future generations out of the rut of economic stagnation, towards progress and productivity. At present, 250 million children around the world cannot read or write well and 57 million primary aged children are out of school. Through our programs we aim to create a model, whereby these primary age boys and girls can acquire the skills of reading, writing and mathematics, helping them take the next step towards higher education, greater opportunities and personal development. The positive impact of one educated child can affect generations, helping families and nations, rise above the poverty line.”

To date, Dubai Cares is reaching more than 8 million children in 31 countries, building and renovating over 1,500 classrooms, providing more than 1,000 water wells and potable water sources, constructing over 3,000 latrines in schools, providing nutritious food every day to more than 500,000 children in schools, training over 23,000 teachers, keeping more than 2.3 million children free from intestinal worms through its de-worming activities, distributing over 2.1 million books written in local languages and establishing over 6,750 Parent-Teacher Associations.

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