Dubai Cares and Innoventures Education will build schools for thousands of children in Malawi, Nepal and Senegal

  • GIVE – Consolidated philanthropic initiative Innoventures Education is committed to providing ongoing support to causes chosen by students

Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Education opens up a world of possibilities for children and has the potential to break the vicious cycle of poverty and inequality. Unfortunately, many children around the world do not have access to quality education or drop out of school due to poor infrastructure. Recognizing their privilege as a responsibility, students from schools and nurseries run by Innoventures Education are working with Dubai Cares, part of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, to help bridge the education gap by building four schools in Malawi, Senegal and Nepal, bringing the total to 9 GIVE-funded schools. Five schools had been built in Nepal and Malawi before the pandemic.

Dubai-based students have used ingenious ways to support Dubai Cares’ Adopt a School initiative, which aims to provide children and young people in developing countries with equal access to quality education. Students aged 3 to 18 raised funds throughout the year, with events such as walkathons, bake sales, festive markets, interclass competitions and costume days. Raffles World Academy, run by Innoventures Education, raised AED50,000 through an enthusiastic walk-a-thon.

A check for AED 632,000 was presented to His Excellency Dr. Tariq Al Gurg, Managing Director and Vice Chairman of Dubai Cares, at a lively reception on Monday morning attended by students and staff from Innoventures schools Education. The students collected half of the total amount of the donations, while the other half was paid by the board of directors of Innoventures Éducation.

HE Dr Al Gurg said, “Lack of access to effective learning opportunities has become an ever-expanding global crisis that requires everyone’s urgent attention. This is the message that the students of Innoventures Education have demonstrated with their remarkable fundraising efforts to help their peers in developing countries claim their basic human right to education. Their support will not only help deliver quality education to those who need our help the most, but will also serve as an example of the positive impact students can create when they take on their role as empowerment advocates. education. We are grateful to Innoventures Education for their enduring support of Dubai Cares and commend them for their efforts to instill the values ​​of responsibility, empathy and giving back to their student community.

The Gift of Innoventures Education (GIVE) is a consolidated philanthropic initiative committed to providing ongoing support for causes identified by students. Beyond fundraising, GIVE emphasizes a culture of voluntary service. Innoventures Education students traveled to Nepal to innovate in GIVE-sponsored schools, describing their experience as “transformational” and “eye-opening,” giving them a deeper sense of gratitude and understanding of other cultures.

Over AED 2.2 million has been raised by GIVE to date to help build five schools in partnership with Dubai Cares: three schools in Nepal and two schools in Malawi. This year, GIVE will support the construction of four additional schools: one in Malawi and Nepal, and two in Senegal. Schools will be equipped with gender-specific furniture and toilets to improve access to quality education in a clean and sanitary building.

Poonam Bhojani, CEO of Innoventures Education, said: “While improving the lives of those less fortunate than us, we are also building strong values ​​of global citizenship and empathy in our students, which are life skills. essential in the 21st century. Since the launch of the Gift of Innoventures Education (GIVE) initiative, it has been extremely rewarding to see how our school communities have worked together with organizations such as our long-standing partner Dubai Cares, to close the education gap. From identifying specific causes, raising funds for them, traveling to schools, working on construction sites and living with communities, our students have demonstrated a conscience and overall kindness. We are proud of their contributions and the passionate support of parents and teachers for the Dubai Cares Adopt-a-School initiative.

Diya Patel of Dubai International Academy Emirates Hills, who has been involved in building schools in Nepal, said: “The GIVE trip to Nepal was a life-changing experience that put into perspective characteristics of the real life such as education and the way of life we ​​take for granted. I realized there was no obstacle to connecting with people and creating happiness.

Thani Al Mehairi of Raffles World Academy said, “Holistic education instills in us students the importance of balanced learning with values. GIVE allowed us to understand, through a single channel, that we must take care of all humanity.


About Innoventures Education

Founded in 2004, Innoventures Education is committed to bringing world-class education to Dubai. It operates five schools, namely Dubai International Academy at Emirates Hills, Dubai International Academy at Al Barsha, Raffles World Academy, Raffles International School, Collegiate International School and nine Raffles Early Childhood Centers (ECCs) spread across Dubai. We offer the International Baccalaureate, American and British programs in our schools for children. We are open to enrolling children aged 45 days to 18 years old. One of the main features of our schools and ECCs is that we provide mother tongue education in 14 different languages ​​during the school day, including French and other European languages. All of our schools and ECCs are renowned for their high-quality programs, inspiring learning environments, and commitment to academic excellence. Together, we have a total enrollment of over 8,000 students from over 120 countries, with a dedicated and inspiring team of educators and administrators from virtually every corner of the globe.

About Dubai Cares:

Since its inception in 2007, Dubai Cares, part of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, has worked to provide children and young people in developing countries with access to quality education through the design and funding of programs that aim to be impactful, sustainable and scalable. To date, the UAE-based global philanthropic organization has successfully launched education programs reaching more than 21 million beneficiaries in 60 developing countries.

Dubai Cares plays a key role in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4, which aims to ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning for all. by 2030, by supporting early childhood development programmes, access to quality primary schools and secondary education, technical and vocational education and training for young people as well as a particular focus on education in emergencies and protracted crises. Additionally, Dubai Cares takes a strategic approach to improving student enrollment and learning outcomes through an integrated school health and nutrition model comprised of school-based deworming, school feeding and WASH activities ( water, sanitation and hygiene) in schools.

Dubai Cares is a member of the United Nations Department of Global Communications (UN DGC), as well as a non-governmental organization registered with IACAD, the regulatory body for charitable activities in Dubai. The UAE-based global philanthropic organization is authorized to raise funds through direct donations and fundraising campaigns, as well as handling all permit approvals with IACAD.

Volunteering is a powerful tool for Dubai Cares to engage people in addressing development challenges. Dubai Cares unites the entire UAE community through a wide range of volunteering and outreach initiatives related to its global mandate.

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