Dubai charity supports 35,000 school children in Laos

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Dubai Cares, a philanthropic organisation working to improve children’s access to quality primary education in developing countries, launched a new programme in Laos that aims at helping 35,000 school-age children to attend school and benefit from better education.

The programme, entitled “Lao Educational Access Research and Networking’ (LEARN)”, is funded with $5,5 million and implemented with Plan International Canada, Save the Children and the World Bank.

The mission of the LEARN programme is to improve the readiness of pre-primary school boys and girls in their transition to primary schooling by helping primary schools to be more student-oriented. The programme will also promote health, sanitation and good nutrition, helping to make the learning process more fulfilling for young children, encourage parents to be actively involved in their children’s development and education and provide children with an accelerated model of pre-school activities to prepare them for primary school.  

In addition, it will provide education material and books, along with training and assistance to teachers that will support them in taking a more balanced and inclusive approach to gender-related issues in education and consequently benefit students. 

According to the United Nations, Laos has a primary education net enrolment ratio of 98.5 per cent. However, the retention rate to grade 5 remains low at around 78.3 per cent.  Although this retention rate has increased by over 7 per cent from the level at which it stood in 2012, it still needs to be much higher to ensure full completion of primary education.

Tariq Al Gurg, CEO of Dubai Cares, sits amid Lao school kids

“Over the past years, the government of Laos has made significant strides in terms of primary school enrolment,” says Tariq Al Gurg, CEO of Dubai Cares.

“However, drop-out rates remain high, particularly in remote and rural areas. Through this new intervention, Dubai Cares aims to support Laos’ Ministry of Education and Sports in achieving its 2016-2020 policy objectives related to increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of the education system, by reducing dropout rates and repetition and improving learning in the early primary school grades,” he adds.

The programme will be implemented in four districts of Oudxomay Province – Houn, Namo, Nga, and Pak Beng – and in the Nambak, Ngoi, and Phonthong districts of Luang Prabang Provinces.

Dubai Cares is part of UAE-based Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, a charitable organisation founded by Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai whose focus is on empowering communities worldwide, combat poverty and disease and encourage entrepreneurship.

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Dubai Cares, a philanthropic organisation working to improve children’s access to quality primary education in developing countries, launched a new programme in Laos that aims at helping 35,000 school-age children to attend school and benefit from better education.

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Dubai Cares, a philanthropic organisation working to improve children’s access to quality primary education in developing countries, launched a new programme in Laos that aims at helping 35,000 school-age children to attend school and benefit from better education.

The programme, entitled “Lao Educational Access Research and Networking’ (LEARN)”, is funded with $5,5 million and implemented with Plan International Canada, Save the Children and the World Bank.

The mission of the LEARN programme is to improve the readiness of pre-primary school boys and girls in their transition to primary schooling by helping primary schools to be more student-oriented. The programme will also promote health, sanitation and good nutrition, helping to make the learning process more fulfilling for young children, encourage parents to be actively involved in their children’s development and education and provide children with an accelerated model of pre-school activities to prepare them for primary school.  

In addition, it will provide education material and books, along with training and assistance to teachers that will support them in taking a more balanced and inclusive approach to gender-related issues in education and consequently benefit students. 

According to the United Nations, Laos has a primary education net enrolment ratio of 98.5 per cent. However, the retention rate to grade 5 remains low at around 78.3 per cent.  Although this retention rate has increased by over 7 per cent from the level at which it stood in 2012, it still needs to be much higher to ensure full completion of primary education.

Tariq Al Gurg, CEO of Dubai Cares, sits amid Lao school kids

“Over the past years, the government of Laos has made significant strides in terms of primary school enrolment,” says Tariq Al Gurg, CEO of Dubai Cares.

“However, drop-out rates remain high, particularly in remote and rural areas. Through this new intervention, Dubai Cares aims to support Laos’ Ministry of Education and Sports in achieving its 2016-2020 policy objectives related to increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of the education system, by reducing dropout rates and repetition and improving learning in the early primary school grades,” he adds.

The programme will be implemented in four districts of Oudxomay Province – Houn, Namo, Nga, and Pak Beng – and in the Nambak, Ngoi, and Phonthong districts of Luang Prabang Provinces.

Dubai Cares is part of UAE-based Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, a charitable organisation founded by Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai whose focus is on empowering communities worldwide, combat poverty and disease and encourage entrepreneurship.

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