DUBAI // About 58,000 pupils in 309 primary schools in Comoros have benefited from a four-year programme funded by a UAE charity.
Dubai Cares said its Dh9.4 million initiative was implemented in public schools in the island nation, off the east coast of Africa, providing primary education in Grand Comore, Anjouan and Moheli.
The charity said yesterday the aim of the programme, which has been implemented by Unicef, was "to improve access and quality of basic education for children in all districts, reduce gender disparity in schools and improve children's readiness to start primary school on time, especially among girls and vulnerable children".
Dubai Cares officials have made several field trips to assess the effectiveness of the programme.
"Such visits allow us to assess the impact our programmes have had on the children, their families and the local communities," said Tariq Al Gurg, the chief executive of Dubai Cares.
"We are hopeful and confident that our involvement with, and support of, the educational reform process, alongside the ministry of national education, will empower an entire generation of children."
Dubai Cares launched in 2007 and aims to improve children's access to primary education in developing countries. It has implemented programmes in 28 countries to help them achieve the United Nations 2015 Millennium Development Goals - to guarantee universal primary education, promote gender equality and forge a global partnership for development.
The charity has supported campaigns to combat barriers to girls' education and to improve access to water and hygiene facilities.
It also helped expand Quranic teaching classes, and worked with teachers and authorities to provide training in teaching methods and create gender-friendly classrooms.