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Yemen’s efforts to accelerate girls’ education get boost from Dubai Cares campaign

HH Sheikha Manal makes personal donation of DHS one million for UNICEF-assisted programmes

SANA’A, 3 October 2007 - UNICEF’s endeavours to accelerate girls’ education in Yemen received a major boost early this week with a visit to Yemen by HH Sheikha Manal of Dubai, as part of the Dubai Cares campaign.

Heading a high-level delegation of 18 women leaders, Sheikha Manal met with students, teachers, senior officials from the Government of Yemen, representatives of non-governmental organizations, and members of the UNICEF team to get a first-hand feel of the challenges facing the promotion of girls’ education.

Sheikha Manal and her accompanying delegation expressed interest in understanding the issues, actions and endeavours that Yemen is undertaking in its efforts to improve basic education in the country.

In a practical demonstration of her commitment to girls’ education, HH Sheikha Manal announced a personal donation of DHS one million for UNICEF-assisted programmes - a timely and generous gesture that will add impetus to the promotion of basic education. 

The visit came in the context of the ‘Dubai Cares’ campaign currently under way to help provide schooling to 1 million children in poor countries. The campaign was launched on 19 September 2007 by H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

UNICEF is on the ground in over 150 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence.  The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS.  UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

For further information please contact:
Naseem-Ur-Rehman, Chief of Communication,  UNICEF –Yemen: Telephone: +967-1-211400, ext. no. 138, Mobile: +967-711760002
E-mail: nrehman@unicef.org




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