It’s a simple question: Do you believe every child deserves to have an education- as a right and not as a privilege?
If you nodded yes to that statement, then take an hour this Friday, Feb 6 to join hundreds for the Dubai Cares Walk for Education 2015 at the Dubai Creek Park [Gate 2]. Registration begins at 8am and the walk starts at 9am. Tickets are priced at a humble AED 30/-. Why simply walk when you can walk for education?
Dubai: this beautiful city we call home is known for many things and by many names: home to the World’s Largest building, World’s Largest Mall, the city with one of the most diverse populations in the world, known as the City of Gold, and most recently awarded the honour to host the World Expo 2020 [And even fewer cities are known for being serial Guinness World Record Breakers!]
Underneath all the glamour,the bling and the opulent lifestyle, Dubai is a city that cares, and its people believe that every child, no matter what ethnicity or race, is a citizen of the world and deserves a chance at a secure, happy, and healthy future. Our children, innocent and full of wonder, are the untouched and raw potential of the world – our most precious assets.
The Dubai Cares Foundation was built on the bedrock of these values, launched in September 2007 by the ever-so-magnanimous, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, and Ruler of Dubai.
With the objective of raising awareness and highlighting the challenges children in developing countries face to obtain basic education, Dubai Cares holds the Walk for Education annually.
Commenting on the need for engaging the local community in the organization’s mission, Tariq Al Gurg, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Cares said: “The Walk for Education, one of the main pillars of Dubai Cares’ community engagement strategy, is an act of solidarity with those children who literally walk the distance to gain an education. With every step they take, they are taking their families, communities and nation closer to a productive and progressive environment. Through our Walk for Education, we want to contrast the educational amenities we benefit from in the developed world and the depleted resources in many developing countries that we have development programs in. Facilitating a sound educational system in those countries is what we, as an organization, strive towards and through our Walk for Education, we are giving the UAE community the opportunity to join us in making powerful strides towards universal quality education.”
When people, especially families, truly understand the enormous disparity between the education and opportunities between a first world and third world country, they become natural advocates for the cause.
In closing, another simple question: Dubai Cares. Do you?
The entry fee for Dubai Cares Walk for Education is a humble Dh30. Residents interested in participating can register online here at Dubai Cares’ website or on-site on February 6, starting 8 am. The walk is free for children under the age of five.
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