UAE vows $100mn to support education initiatives for women & girls in developing countries

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Official Reporter
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The UAE has pledged $100 million (AED 367 million) to the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) for the next five years (2021-2025) to support the strategic plans for educational programs in developing nations.

This announcement came during the GPE Replenishment Summit organized by the United Kingdom and Kenya, which was attended by Ms. Reem Al Hashimi, Minister of State for International Cooperation.

During the meeting, Ms. Al Hashimi reaffirmed the UAE’s commitment to providing high-quality education to youngsters all across the world. She also highlighted the UAE’s willingness to cooperate with regional and international partners, such as the GPE, to develop the skills needed for women, girls and youth for long-term success.

Ms. Al Hashimi also noted the importance of UAE foreign aid in nurturing international relationships to support crucial sector growth in emerging and least developed nations, with education being a top priority.

Reem Al-Hashimi
Reem Al-Hashimi
Minister of State

“The UAE is working to ensure the provision of education to women and girls to support the fourth goal of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 2030 Agenda. And, the UAE plays a prominent role in advancing the efforts undertaken by the GPE. many partner countries need support to enhance their national education systems, particularly following the COVID-19 pandemic, which had major implications on the continuity of education in many countries that lack the appropriate infrastructure to provide e-learning.”

Further, Ms. Al Hashimi stressed the UAE’s strong belief in education’s critical role in promoting the long-term development of societies around the world. This belief has driven the UAE to host the RewirEd Global Education Summit in partnership with Dubai Cares and Expo 2020 Dubai and in coordination with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, she added.

RewirEd will take place at Expo 2020 Dubai with a clear vision to reshape the educational landscape for a prosperous, sustainable, innovative, and accessible future for all while displaying the country’s development aid.

Global Partnership for Education

The Global Partnership for Education is the largest global fund solely dedicated to transforming education in lower-income countries. The program collaborates with donors, governments of developing countries, international organizations, the private sector, teacher organizations, and civil society organizations for helping education sector.

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