Abu Dhabi /Â WAM
Providing both energy and education is the focus of a UAE programme to offer hope to impoverished children throughout the world.
The “Beacon of Hope” initiative was launched in Abu Dhabiâ€™s Al Shahb private school in Khalifa city on Sunday, in the presence of Sheikha Shamma bint Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan and Dr Thani bin Ahmed Al-Zeyoudi, Minister
of Climate Change and
The “Beacon of Hope” initiative, launched by Sheikha Shamma bint Sultan, will target students from different UAE schools from 7 to 15 years old.
The initiative will highlight the importance of education for deprived children in those countries and regions that suffer from wars, poverty and natural catastrophes. It will also focus on eradicating poverty.
The initiative aims to make a positive impact on childrenâ€™s lives and highlight the importance of charitable initiatives that include participation. It also seeks to show the positive global impact of raising the level of awareness on issues such as poverty and the need for clean energy.
In her statement to Emirates News Agency (WAM), Sheikha Shamma said the “Beacon of Hope” initiative aims to show the real face of the nation to the people of the world, as well as to highlight the UAEâ€™s desire to share the values of opportunity, equality, innovation and hope. She also thanked the Minister of Climate Change and Environment for supporting the
She added that the worst type of poverty results from a lack of energy resources, which affects about 1.2 billion people around the world. She also stressed that 67 million children around the world are deprived of education and 10 percent are illiterate. Therefore, there is an urgent need to provide both lighting and education.
She further stated that the “Beacon of Hope” initiative has educated children in the UAE on how to create artificial lighting by making simple reading lamps from recycled materials. This can plant the seeds of hope and light in the souls of our children, as well as encourage other children from around the world to overcome their conditions and move forward, she added.