By Lynne Roberts
Two countries pledge to work together to support and develop primary education across the globe.
The governments of the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom have announced a partnership to help more children gain access to a primary education.
Vice president and prime minister of the UAE Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum met Thursday with UK prime minister Gordon Brown at 10 Downing Street. The two countries pledged commitment to UN Millennium Development Goals, which call for all children to complete primary education by 2015, and said they would work together to find ways to promote primary education in a number of countries.
A joint statement said providing children with the necessary skills to achieve success as adults is the most cost-effective way the international community can invest in the world to which all aspire.
The UK has announced it will contribute at least £8.5 billion ($17.3bn) to provide basic education over the next ten years, the statement said, while in the UAE the ‘Dubai Cares’ campaign is targeting one million of the world’s poorest children.
“We now know that the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom will work together, for the first time as partners, in international efforts to provide opportunities and encouragement for the provision of education for all children in the poorest countries, especially girls, so as to enable them to join schools” the statement continued.