Abu Dhabi pays tuition fees of over 8,000 private school students

Ma’an and Adek team up to extend tuition fee payment support to families that have been financially impacted by Covid-19 until the end of the current term.

 

Over 8,000 students who attend private schools in Abu Dhabi will have their tuition fees either wholly or partially paid thanks to the Authority of Social Contribution – Ma’an’s ‘Together We Are Good’ programme.

The authority’s Education Support programme, launched in collaboration with Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (Adek) on April 12, aimed to extend tuition fee payment support to families that have been financially impacted by the economic challenges including salary cuts and redundancies following the global Covid-19 outbreak until the end of the current term.

Following thousands of applications received before the April 23 deadline, a carefully considered evaluation process was undertaken by Ma’an and Adek to assess applicants’ eligibility based on a variety of factors, including school fee structures and loss of income. As part of the evaluation process, families were asked to provide proof of loss of earnings, including official communications from their employers and certified bank statements spanning the last three months.

While the evaluation remains ongoing, the programme is projected to help around 8,000 children from across the emirate, with 60, 38 and 2 per cent of the total beneficiary families residing in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and the Al Dhafra Region respectively.

Parents of students aged between 4 and 18, from over 70 nationalities, are set to receive financial support through the ‘Together We Are Good’ programme, which will be paid to schools directly. Upon finishing the evaluation process, Adek will inform the schools who will reach out to parents directly on the status of their applications. Final decisions are expected by June 4.

The ‘Together We Are Good’ programme is the first project to come to fruition as a result of Ma’an’s Social Fund that allows community contributions to help tackle social challenges. The Social Fund is the official government channel to receive contributions from the community to tackle pressing social challenges.

Participants wishing to contribute financially to ‘Together We Are Good’ can send SMS messages to 6670 (Dh1,000), 6678 (Dh500), 6683 (Dh100) and 6658 (Dh50). They can also call 8005-MAAN for volunteering and in-kind and financial contributions above Dh1,000 or send messages on WhatsApp on 0543055366. In-kind contributions include equipment, buildings, services, and time, as well as expert volunteering efforts.

Source: Khaleej Times

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