The Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation for Education in Dubai has announced a $27.2 million (100 million Emirati dirham) fund in support of refugee children and youth in Lebanon and Jordan as well as Arab children affected by wars and disasters living temporarily in the United Arab Emirates.
Announced on World Refugee Day, the Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair Refugee Education Fund will underwrite the education of at least five thousand children and youth over the next three years, with grants awarded in support of high-impact programs at the secondary, vocational, and tertiary education levels for refugee youth in Jordan and Lebanon, and in support of displaced children in the UAE who are unable to afford school fees.
"I established this fund during the Year of Zayed [the centennial of the birth of UAE founding president Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nayhan] because I believe that philanthropists have a role in helping to support one of the most acute challenges of our region: lack of education...for young people who need it the most," said His Excellency Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair. "Young people whose education has been interrupted by conflict deserve a chance to rebuild their lives and have a shot at a good future."
"This significant contribution is in line with UNHCR's direction toward a whole-of-society approach where individuals and organizations work hand-in-hand to ensure that people who have been forced to flee are able to rebuild their lives and take control of their futures," said Filippo Grande, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. "The fund highlights the importance of the Arab world’s business community in creating a positive impact through supporting the region's displaced communities."