Special Olympics Bharat on Wednesday confirmed that Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan has committed USD 25 million to enhance Unified Champion Schools (UCS) to six countries — India, Argentina, Egypt, Pakistan, Romania, and Rwanda.
The four-year project will play a significant role in making the Indian education system more inclusive by building 120 Unified Champion Schools across 12 states.
UAE pledged USD 25 million
“UAE as the beacon of diversity and tolerance has emerged as one of the leading countries to support the creation of a just and equitable society for people with special needs or ‘people of determination’.”
”Recently, under the directives of Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, the UAE pledged USD 25 million to help fund the global expansion of the inclusive education project; Unified Champion Schools (UCS), an initiative undertaken by the Special Olympics that will root the values of tolerance and inclusion in educational systems around the world,” the Ambassador of UAE, said in a statement.
UAE has committed to bringing UCS programming to all of its public schools in the coming years, making the UAE the world’s only country to make such a commitment at the national level.
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“The Special Olympics movement is being led by young leaders with and without intellectual disabilities who are emerging as the world’s greatest teachers of empathy, dignity, courage, and inclusion.” said Dr. Timothy Shriver, Chairman of Special Olympics International.
“As we search for a more just and joyful future, we are trusting our hopes to young inclusive leaders who see beyond division and fear and show us how to heal and unite. I am deeply grateful that Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan has made an extraordinary commitment to our athletes and their Unified partners in Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools. His vision and generosity will empower young people around the world to break down barriers caused by injustice and intolerance, end discrimination against people with intellectual disabilities, and establish inclusive cultures where every human being is respected, valued and welcomed,” he added.
The statement of the grant was made at a virtual event, graced by the Ambassador of the UAE to India Dr Ahmed Abdul Rahman Albanna.