Dubai Cares reveals its 2022 achievements and highlights its future roadmap

Dubai Cares reveals its 2022 achievements and highlights its future roadmap
Dubai Cares reveals its 2022 achievements and highlights its future roadmap
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Building on its leading global position in the education sector over the past 15 years, Dubai Cares, a civil society organization officially affiliated with the United Nations Department of Global Communications (UN DGC), with concrete steps in 2022, which has accelerated its efforts to place education and learning at the center of human development efforts through an ecosystem that adopts the “One Society” approach.

Advocating for the Global Education Transformation Framework

The ecosystem approach to transforming global education is embodied in the Dubai Cares Framework for Global Education Transformation, which was launched during the World Government Summit 2022, which was held as part of the Expo 2020 Dubai, where the framework was an essential reference tool for countries in the national consultations for the Education Transformation Summit that was held On the sidelines of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly, it was also highlighted heavily in the reports of national consultations that outline different countries’ plans to transform education. In addition, the framework has enriched global discussions and provided solutions for transforming education by being highlighted in the Discussion Paper for Action Stream 2 of the Education Transformation Summit on “Learning, Life Skills, Work and Sustainable Development”.

In addition, the UAE-based global humanitarian organization, in collaboration with the Education Commission, unveiled the report “Reshaping Education for Humanity and Planet” at the United Nations Transforming Education Summit of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly. The report provides key recommendations for reshaping the education landscape, drawn from the discussions and insights shared at the Rewired Summit (Rewired Summitwhich was organized at Expo 2020 Dubai, and the report presents six concrete solutions that encourage the adoption of a multi-sectoral system approach to align thinking and action towards transformative education outcomes and to make progress towards achieving the goals of sustainable development (SDGs).

Moreover, Dubai Cares also stressed during its participation in the Conference of the Parties (COP27) held in Sharm El-Sheikh, Arab Republic of Egypt, emphasized the pivotal role of the education sector in addressing climate change and called for the inclusion of education in all work agendas for future sessions of the Conference of the Parties in order to fulfill the promises of a sustainable future for all of humanity. Through its participation in the high-level sessions, the Foundation highlighted the importance of integrating education and climate into national action agendas to achieve the goal of transforming education globally.

In addition, Dubai Cares highlighted its firm commitment to promoting and prioritizing early childhood development during its participation in the Global Conference on Early Childhood Care and Education as a key partner in shaping the global action agenda for early childhood development. As part of the event, which was held in the Uzbek capital, Tashkent, last November, Dubai Cares participated in a series of high-level sessions and meetings. This event culminated in the launch of the Tashkent Declaration on Early Childhood Care and Education. The Dubai Declaration on Early Childhood Development launched by Dubai Cares in partnership with UNICEF and the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation was one of the main building blocks of the Tashkent Declaration.

Dubai Cares also concluded its participation in Expo 2020 Dubai, where its pavilion attracted 246,720 visitors of all ages and different nationalities over the six months of the exhibition.

Commenting on Dubai Cares’ achievements in 2022, His Excellency Dr. Tariq Mohammed Al Gurg, CEO and Vice Chairman of Dubai Cares, said: “Education has always been the main driver of human progress and prosperity. Today, the importance of education is evident in an unprecedented way to solve the multiple, complex and interconnected crises that face it. This has been Dubai Cares’ central message to the whole world throughout all its engagements in 2022. We must realize now more than ever that education is the link between the Sustainable Development Goals, and it must be seen as the common denominator between all our development agendas in order to And as we move forward, Dubai Cares will continue to mobilize efforts to transform education as an agent of change for the sustainable development of our societies and economies.”

Moreover, the Rewired Global Declaration on Communication for Education, which was revealed by Dubai Cares and UNESCO at the Rewired Summit held during Expo 2020 Dubai, contributed significantly to the formulation of digital transformation plans and solutions, by serving as a guide to Action Stream No. 4 of the Education Transformation Summit. About “Learning and Digital Transformation”. Work is still underway since the unveiling of this Declaration to be the main pillar of cooperation and teamwork, and Dubai Cares is now a party in discussions with UNESCO and other stakeholders to activate the Declaration, which is scheduled to start in 2023.

Another proven document shared with the Education Transformation Summit secretariat and action stream officers is the Dubai Cares Evidence Dossier, which brings together more than 65 research and evaluation projects supported by Dubai Cares over the past 15 years, to inform global discussions, planning and decision making for each One of the five action streams of the Education Transformation Summit.

In addition, by accelerating funding of regime change trials, Dubai Cares has enabled its partners to pilot and showcase innovative solutions to reshape the education landscape and systems through people- and planet-centred approaches. Dubai Cares has disseminated the success stories, lessons learned and innovations gleaned from its experience through its participation at the regional and global levels, and thus has been able to continue making progress in the global education agenda by contributing to the provision of evidence-based tools and solutions and improving learning outcomes and educational systems.

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Encouraging individuals and organizations in the UAE to make a collective impact

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On World Food Day celebrated on October 16 each year, Dubai Cares and award-winning author Falafel Montero launched the ‘Meal.Nutrition.Educate’ fundraising initiative to support the education of underprivileged children around the world. This initiative provided the Emirati community with the opportunity to enjoy seven unique dishes prepared by 7 well-known chefs from 7 restaurants across the UAE, and the proceeds of this initiative were allocated to the school feeding programs of Dubai Cares.

In addition, throughout the year, Dubai Cares witnessed an increase in donations and support from the community, including small projects and large institutions, ranging from various sectors such as: food and beverage, retail, education, fashion, sports, financial services, and e-commerce.

As an expression of solidarity with the families affected by the floods in Pakistan, Dubai Cares, the Emirates Red Crescent and the Sharjah Charity Association launched the “We Are With You” volunteer initiative in September in close coordination with the Ministry of Community Development and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in the UAE and with the support of nine other humanitarian organizations in the country. UAE. The initiative, which was launched in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah together, saw the participation of hundreds of volunteers from the seven emirates who packed 1,200 tons of food, health and hygiene items, including 30,000 food packages, to provide emergency relief to the affected individuals.

In addition, Dubai Cares also hosted three editions of Volunteer Emirates, a local volunteering initiative that urges community members in the UAE throughout the year to donate their time in support of the cause of education. The community participation program witnessed the participation of hundreds of volunteers who worked to improve the learning environment in the following three schools: School of Excellence in Sharjah, Al Ahlia Charity School for Boys in Dubai, and Al Ahlia Charity Private School for Girls, Al Nasiriyah branch in Sharjah. Dubai Cares also expanded its support to include the Center for Human Feelings. To take care of and accommodate people with special needs by providing the necessary anti-bacterial furniture to enhance the safety, health and well-being of students.

International acclaim for her charitable humanitarian efforts

Dubai Cares has won the “Global Champion Award” from Space for Readers Foundation (Room to read) for its efforts in advocating literacy and gender equality in education, and Dubai Cares also received the “Humanitarian Award” at the distinguished International Arab Festivals Awards (DIAFA) in 2022, in appreciation of her efforts in the field of humanitarian work to support children and youth to obtain a proper education.

Laying out a roadmap for the future

Dubai Cares will continue to support the role of transformed education systems in advancing progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by embedding education and learning at the core of human development strategies, to lead a sustainable and prosperous future for humanity and the planet. Therefore, the Foundation’s 2022 achievements paved the way for its prominent role and leading position in global discussions focused on linking education with other global priorities. Recently, Dubai Cares was selected as the Education Partner of the Conference of the Parties (COP).COP28), where it will work to enhance the role of global education in the agenda of the conference.

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