Volunteer Emirates campaign distributes 10,000 school kits to low-income families ahead of start of new academic year
Thousands of needy UAE children kitted out for school thanks to education initiative
A total of 10,000 pupils from low-income families in Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman and Ras Al Khaimah have been given a helping hand in their education by a Volunteer Emirates campaign, led by Dubai Cares.
The initiative, which has been sponsored by Union Co-op, involved 300 volunteers giving up their time to distribute the school kits, including notebooks, sketchbooks, pencils, pens, white board pens and rulers.
“Our goal through this initiative is to ensure that children from low-income families feel well equipped as they return to their classrooms with all the tools required to start their new academic year on an optimistic note," said Tariq Al Gurg, the Dubai Cares chief executive.
"We hope the children will experience the special childhood joy of the first day back at school with new school essentials, which plays an important role in increasing levels of confidence and happiness as they move forward in their educational journey.
Gabriela Valeva, one of the volunteers, said: “It is truly inspiring to see people coming together from all over the UAE to assemble school kits for needy families. Through the new school supplies, we hope that schoolchildren will have a good start in their academic year.”