As some parents are hit hard by the outbreak of coronavirus across Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirate’s capital has announce a relief fund for parents feeling the financial pressure
With schools temporarily closing across the UAE, businesses freezing all over the globe and a 24-hour sterilisation program rolled out across Dubai, every resident of the United Arab Emirates has no doubt been impacted in one way or another by the outbreak of coronavirus.
But with distance learning from home now the norm – with only a selection of schools announcing fee cuts to date – many parents are feeling the extra pressure.
To ease the burden on families during this uncertain time, the Abu Dhabi Government has taken to Twitter today (Sunday, April 12) to announce that a fund consisting of tens of millions of dirhams will go towards helping vulnerable families with school fees and food costs.
Devices to assist with distance learning will also be provided, such as laptops and tablets.
Abu Dhabi’s Department of Education and Knowledge and social contribution authority Ma’an have teamed up to create the ‘Together We Are Good’ programme which will support “parents with children attending private schools in Abu Dhabi who are affected by the current economic challenges, by paying school fees or providing devices for distance learning.”
In order to receive such funds and assistance – ranging from school and healthcare fees, food expenses and distance learning equipment – parents must apply by April 23, 2020, by either calling Ma’an on 800 3088 or visiting togetherwearegood.ae.
In the run up to the announcement, schools such as Aldar Academies relieved it would be reducing fee for the final term of the year and investing millions into distance learning technologies.
Getting to grips with distance learning? See how schools across the UAE are rolling out distance learning programs, and read our advice on mimicking a classroom set up at home.