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Dubai Cares and ANERA Partner for Early Childhood Development Program in West Bank and Gaza

Dubai Cares and ANERA Partner for

Early Childhood Development Program

in West Bank and Gaza

October 10, 2012 Washington, DC : ANERA (American Near East Refugee Aid) is pleased to announce a $1million grant from Dubai Cares to support the Early Childhood (ECD) sector in the West Bank and Gaza. The funds will support a two-year program for preschools in Gaza and West Bank.

"Investment in preschools will ensure greater success in primary education and beyond. For this reason, Dubai Cares is funding the two-year preschool program in partnership with ANERA, a reputable non-profit organization that has been working in the Occupied Territories for nearly 45 years. This program will have an impact on conflict and highly-marginalized areas in East Jerusalem, Gaza and Wet Bank that are in dire need of our program intervention," explained Dubai Cares chief executive officer Tariq Al Gurg. Effective primary education, he added, is crucial to a child accessing and benefitting from primary and secondary education.

Only 30% of preschoolers in West Bank and Gaza have access to kindergarten and many of the school facilities do not meet international standards. The funds provided by Dubai Cares will be directed toward implementing a two-year program for preschools.

"We are honored by Dubai Cares' trust in ANERA to initiate this special partnership for the youngest children in the West Bank and Gaza. We believe that investing in early childhood development is possibly the most significant investment a society can make," said ANERA president Bill Corcoran.

The ECD project will renovate and equip 25 preschools in West Bank and Gaza and provide training and early childhood development in-service diplomas for 125 teachers. More than 3,500 children aged 3-6 years will benefit from improved care, education and development in some of the most marginalized communities. Special reading packs will ensure children have learning materials at home. The project also aims to raise awareness among parents and caregivers about positive parenting techniques.

ANERA initiated its multi-year ECD program, Right Start, in 2009 and also supports the Palestinian Ministry of Education efforts to improve long-term ECD policy and programs.

About Dubai Cares:

Dubai Cares is a philanthropic organization working to improve children's access to quality primary education in developing countries by designing and implementing comprehensive programs that are sustainable and have long-lasting impact on the lives of the children, their families and ocmmunities. It was launched in September 2007 by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai. Read more about Dubai Cares

About ANERA

For more than 43 years, ANERA has been a leading provider of development, health, education and employment programs to Palestinian communities and impoverished families throughout the Middle East. In FY 2011, the relief and development agency delivered more than $65 million of programs to the people of the West Bank, Gaza, Lebanon and Jordan.