Dubai Cares invites the UAE community to participate in its 3-km “Walk for Education 2012” on 17 February, 2012 along Jumeirah Beach Road. An annual event by Dubai Cares, the walk aims to highlight the importance of primary education in breaking the cycle of poverty and raise awareness of issues that prevent children in developing countries from accessing quality primary education.
Tariq Al Gurg, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Cares, said, “This year, Dubai Cares is inviting the UAE community to walk in support of millions of children around the world who face tremendous obstacles in their pursuit of education or who are altogether unable to go to school. We believe education to be the best long-term solution to ending poverty worldwide and we are asking everyone who shares this belief and all Dubai Cares supporters who have played a key role in spreading awareness of the work we do, to join us in our ‘Walk for Education’ 2012. This event also presents a wonderful opportunity for members of the community to volunteer their time, enjoy fun activities with family and friends as well as make new friends.”
On average children in developing countries walk 3-km everyday in order to go to school and the Dubai Cares “Walk for Education 2012” is a symbolic walk that will provide the UAE community an opportunity to experience first-hand, the hardships that children in developing countries endure on a daily basis.
Sponsored by The First Group and Arabian Radio Network, the walk will start at 9am followed by post-walk celebrations at Jumeirah Beach Park which will include entertainment activities for all. UAE residents can register for the “Walk for Education 2012” onsite at Jumeirah Beach Park on the day of the event between 8am and 9am. Organizations can also participate as a group by emailing Dubai Cares on firstname.lastname@example.org  indicating the organization’s name and the number of participants. Participation fee is AED 30 per person and free for children below the age of five.
Dubai Cares programs are reaching over five million beneficiaries in 24 countries, which is in line with the philanthropic organization’s commitment to help achieve UN Millennium Development Goal 2 of achieving universal primary education by 2015. However, 67 million children globally still do not attend school and of those who start school, 150 million drop out before completing five years of education, the minimum level required for basic literacy.