UAE Pledges USD 100 Mn To Global Ed Partnership

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For the next three years, United Arab Emirates has pledged AED 367 million (USD 100 million) to Global Partnership for Education (GPE), during the Global Partnership for Education Replenishment Conference held during February 1-2, 2018 in Dakar, the capital of Senegal. The initiative will support education for almost 900 million children and young people in 89 developing countries.

In order to support education sector in developing countries, GPE is platform for multi-stakeholder partnership between donor and developing countries. With this pledge, UAE is now the first Arab and regional country to participate in GPE. This initiative also enables UAE to take part in GPE’s governance structures.

Reem Bint Ibrahim Al Hashimy Minister of State for International Cooperation commended the effort and said “This pledge comes in a year where the UAE celebrates the ‘Year of Zayed’, which reflects the fundamentals of wisdom, human development, sustainability and respect. The GPE position of prioritizing the poorest, most vulnerable, and those residing in fragile and conflict-affected countries strikes a particular resonance with the fundamentals of UAE foreign assistance.”

Dubai Cares, part of Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, also participated in the conference and announced its pledge to allocate AED 3.67 million (USD 1 million) to the Gender Equality portfolio which is part of the GPE’s Innovation and Knowledge Exchange Initiative. Dubai Cares was the first foundation in GPE’s history to commit funds to GPE at the 2nd Replenishment Conference in 2014.

Julia Gillard, Board Chair of the Global Partnership for Education and former Prime Minister of Australia said, “I am delighted that the United Arab Emirates joined the Global Partnership for Education as its first Arab and Middle East donor. The generous contribution of USD 100 million will ensure that millions of marginalized children have a chance to go to school and learn.”

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