Dubai Cares partnered with ALEC, a pioneer in construction and other business in the Gulf Cooperation Council to refurbish the classrooms and sports facilities at the National Charity of Schools in Ajman.
With the partnerships, students will now have the opportunity to incorporate engaging teaching aids, which will improve the quality of learning at school.
The refurbishment project was completed by over 150 volunteers, including ALECs employees, as part of Dubai Cares’ Volunteer Emirates initiative. This local volunteering program encourages the UAE community to volunteer their time throughout the year in support of children’s educational empowerment.
Commenting on their partnership with ALEC, Abdulla Ahmed Alshehhi, Chief Operating Officer, Dubai Cares, said, “The success of initiatives like Volunteer Emirates stems from the commitment of our partners in supporting our mission to empower young lives through access to quality education. We are grateful to ALEC for their collaboration towards this meaningful initiative, which will transform the learning environment for all the students of the National Charity School for Girls and Boys in Ajman. We would also like to extend our sincere thanks to our loyal community of volunteers who have made Volunteer Emirates an impactful and successful initiative year after year by donating their valuable time and efforts for this cause.”
“At ALEC, we take immense pride in our position as a key contributor to the development of the UAE. While this is best evidenced in our construction of some of the country’s most iconic developments, we also strive to explore other avenues for positive social impact in line with our core values of integrity, reliability, courage, innovation, and trust in our people,” said Barry Lewis, CEO at ALEC.
“Education, youth upskilling and improving schooling infrastructure are core focus areas of our community impact strategy. I would like to thank Dubai Cares for allowing us to be partners in such a wonderful initiative. We hope that our contribution will have a marked impact on the learning experience and the lives of these young learners”, he added.
ALEC gave Dubai Cares a donation of AED 200,000 to help with the renovations. These money were utilized to buy educational resources for individuals with perseverance as well as essential furniture like desks and chairs that improve student learning experiences. The plan also included a football court and instructional paintings to promote student creativity and comfort. Apart from supplying the equipment, ALEC’s team showcased their preparedness to participate in community outreach programs by assigning over 25 employees to install the equipment and create murals on walls in the school’s common areas and corridors. These volunteers were joined by community members who volunteered to be a part of this initiative.
ALEC became a member of the UN Global Compact earlier this year, which is the largest corporate sustainability program in the world, encouraging ethical business practices and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Assuring inclusive and high-quality education for everyone is the fourth of these objectives, and ALEC is working toward it through initiatives like its collaboration with Dubai Cares.