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Jamil Khan, Senior Reporter
Pakistan Association Dubai (PAD) becomes the first welfare association in the UAE to join hands with Hope Academy — a community initiative to support students who cannot continue their studies because of financial constraints.
Dedicated to the UAE’s Year Of Tolerance, Coded Minds, a Dubai-based global iSTEAM and leadership education company, has started a community initiative to support students who cannot continue their studies because of financial constraints.
“We are grateful to PAD for supporting Hope Academy. We received hundreds of applications only from Pakistani families who have not been able to send their kids to school because of financial difficulties. We are confident that with the assistance of PAD, we will be able to cater thousands of Pakistani students,” says Omar Farooqui, founder and the president of Coded Minds.
Farooqui shared that just in over 10 days, thousands of students from different nationalities and communities have applied. “A large number of children are missing out on schools because of the family’s financial difficulties and their parents’ inability to afford school fees. We believe that such an inability should not prevent any child from getting an education. This will be an alternative solution where we will undertake all efforts possible to ensure that each child is compensated for missing the cycle of education,” he said. “For just Dhs1,000 per year, we will provide core STEM learning to the students and will be available all across UAE,” he added.
“Pakistan Association Dubai (PAD) is proud to be associated with such a noble cause. There is a large number of Pakistani children in the UAE, who cannot continue education because of financial problems. Such initiative will help lots of families who are desperate for an opportunity to send their children back to the classroom,” says Rizwan Fancy, Director Welfare at PAD.
“One of the main objectives of PAD work is to make sure that every Pakistani child in the UAE shall not suffer from illiteracy. We are working aggressively to meet UN’s Global Sustainability Goals (GSN) from our front,” said Fancy.
Fancy added Pakistan Association Dubai is a welfare community association working under Community Development Authority.
“It is heartening to see a business enterprise practising corporate social responsibility and creating social impact. Providing quality education is a challenge for parents who are surviving on a shoestring budget and this initiative of Coded Minds will surely be a relief to them” noted Dr Faisel Ikram, President PAD.
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