Dubai Cares reveals $1.5m African education program

Tertiary education program to be rolled out initially in Ghana and Uganda by Dubai charity
Dubai Cares reveals $1.5m African education program
Dr Tariq Al Gurg, chief executive officer at Dubai Cares.
By Gavin Gibbon
Tue 09 Jul 2019 01:50 PM

Dubai Cares has announced a $1.5 million two-year tertiary education program in Africa.

The program, in partnership with Education Sub-Saharan Africa (ESSA), is set to benefit students, graduates and education institutions within the tertiary sector in a number of countries across the region, starting in Ghana and Uganda.

Titled “Improving the Systemic Effectiveness of the Tertiary Education Sector in sub-Saharan Africa”, it focuses on four major areas: building the human capacity and capability in tertiary education; the employability of graduates from the tertiary education sector; leadership and managerial skills of tertiary education leaders; as well as knowledge transfer and practical adoption of best practice within the tertiary education sector.

Dr Tariq Al Gurg, chief executive officer at Dubai Cares, said: “We believe this first ever intervention in tertiary education by Dubai Cares will help connect students and graduates to employment opportunities and will be central to developing successful and sustainable economies and societies. It also represents a logical extension of our programming, which has been targeting young people, to now cover the third stage of education.”

The population in sub-Saharan Africa is expected to grow by a further 1.3 billion by 2050, requiring the creation of 800 million new jobs. It is estimated that 100 million additional students will join tertiary education.

ESSA’s director, Dr Olaf Hahn, said: “The opportunity to make the nexus between education and work far more effective for Africa’s youth and its employers is considerable. Yet, there are huge challenges to be overcome. Having made swift progress since our establishment in 2016 and with the people of Africa at the heart of all we do, we are delighted to be working with Dubai Cares to make a further significant contribution.”

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