Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 13 November 2019

RAK charity pays off Dh3m in tuition fees for expat students

The university students and school pupils come from low-income families

Pupils learn about traffic and road safety at a school in the UAE. Jeffrey E Biteng / The National
Pupils learn about traffic and road safety at a school in the UAE. Jeffrey E Biteng / The National

A UAE charity has paid off almost Dh3 million in tuition fees for hundreds of expatriate students in Ras Al Khaimah.

The Ras Al Khaimah Charity Foundation donated the money to help about 700 low-income university students and school pupils, struggling to pay their tuition fees this academic year.

“We contacted the universities and schools directly and issued cheques, totalling Dh2.7m, to cover the unpaid fees of the current academic year for disadvantaged students,” said Mohammed Al Mansouri, secretary-general of the charity.

“The foundation is always keen to support students in need to complete their education,” he said of their ongoing initiative.

He said the aim of the scheme was to ensure “equal educational opportunities for everyone despite their families’ financial situation.”

The foundation has also distributed around Dh9.73m to 4,732 low-income families as Zakat, a percentage of income that is paid by Muslims to charity each year, during Ramadan.

Updated: June 20, 2019 11:34 AM

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