DUBAI: Dubai Cares, part of the Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, has announced the launch of Dh8.9 million worth of two new programmes in Rwanda, which are set to benefit more than 18,600 young people and children.
The programmes are aimed at providing youth in schools with skills training in leadership, entrepreneurship and workforce readiness along with mentorship to start real businesses at school as well as increasing access to quality Early Childhood Education (ECE).
These programmes will provide teachers with practical training and empower mentors, equip students to be leaders, entrepreneurs and work-ready, and support them to start real businesses while still at school.
Dubai Cares, in partnership with Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO), is also rolling out a three-year programme titled ‘Early Childhood Education: Strengthening School Readiness in Rwanda’. The programme is designed to prepare 2,610 children aged 3-6 years in Rwanda’s Nyamasheke district to enter a school environment.
Commenting on the launch of the programmes, Tareq Al Gurg, chief executive officer at Dubai Cares, said, “Through its two new programmes in Rwanda, Dubai Cares, with its partners, is focusing on pivotal issues at opposite ends of the education cycle — preparing children to succeed in school, and empowering young people with the skills necessary to succeed in a work environment and become positive contributors to their nation’s future development.
“Collectively, we believe both these programmes, which reflect the emphasis on supporting Early Childhood Education that has always been at the core of Dubai Cares’ mission and the expansion of our programmatic approach to address needs and challenges across the educational landscape, can help nurture a generation of young Rwandans who are equipped and empowered to learn and to achieve,” he added.