DUBAI, 31st August, 2016 (WAM) – Dubai Cares, part of the Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, has joined hands with Sesame Workshop to support a new programme, which is expected to benefit 1.5 million children between the ages of three and six, and their families in the next three years, at a cost over AED5.5 million (US$1.5 million), in Mexico.

The programme will motivate young children to learn in early age the mathematics and sciences. It will also include a web-based series, training programme, and resources for families and educators.

Tareq Al Gurg, Dubai Cares CEO, said Dubai Cares identified a programme that will effectively address many difficulties children, teachers, and schools face in early childhood education.

“Working closely with our strategic partner, Sesame Workshop, our aim is to address the issues of gender bias around mathematics and science starting early and through an ecological approach that starts in the home and extends into schools and the media. We are expecting results that will enrich the education process for all children, irrespective of whether they are boys or girls, especially in parts of the country that are currently deprived of quality mathematics and science resources,” he said.

There will also be a media outreach effort to address gender stereotypes by encouraging a positive portrayal of girls, their potential, and their right to an equal education.

Mada Al Suwaidi, Senior Country Programme Officer at Dubai Cares, said, “We live in a world where mathematics, science and technology have become the drivers of social and economic change and, thanks to this new programme, we will be able to help Mexico’s children, girls as well as boys, become the country’s next generation of entrepreneurs, inventors, scientists, medical professionals and business people.”