Dubai’s Al Habtoor Foundation donates AED2m for UAE students

12 Learning and Development Centres will equip students with 21st century skills

The Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor Foundation (KAHF), run by one of Dubai’s biggest family business conglomerates, has committed AED2m ($544,492) to boost learning resources and technology available for public school students in the UAE.

The funds will be funneled to INDEMAJ, a non-governmental organisation under the patronage of Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, wife of Dubai’s ruler, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

“This is a worthy cause. Giving students the right skillset for the future is imperative not only for the students, but also for our country. It ensures continuity,” said Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor, chairman of the Al Habtoor Group and KAHF founder. “Programmes like INDEMAJ arm students with the tools they need to reach their full potential. This initiative not only benefits students, but also teachers. It is important to keep up with new technology and methods of learning.”

The tie-up will create 12 Learning and Development Centres (LRC) in government schools across the country. The LRC projects establish resource centres within schools, giving students the opportunity to develop the educational skills they require for the 21st century, a press statement said. The centres are supplied with advanced technology and resources that allow students to benefit from active and collaborative learning.

A teacher-training programme is also part of the project, enabling tutors to gain skills to implement modern inclusive teaching practices. The projects specifically focus on supporting students with learning difficulties, and the development of government schools in rural areas of the UAE. The undertaking is projected to benefit more than 6,000 students and 500 teachers.

The foundation, launched in January 2013, works to tackle a number of challenges, including enhancing the lives of the poorest segments of society across the UAE and beyond, as well as those affected by natural disasters. Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor has allocated 20 per cent of Al Habtoor Group’s shares to the foundation.