Coronavirus: 1,850 children of UAE health care workers receive scholarships

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Children of health care workers on the front line of the fight against coronavirus in the United Arab Emirates will have access to scholarships to attend public schools across the UAE, state news agency WAM reported Wednesday.

The “Hayyakum” program has launched to ensure that children of health care workers across the emirates will have access to education. The scholarships cover the cost of tuition, laptops and transportation.

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So far, 1,850 children have received scholarships for this academic year that will run through their graduation from high school.

“’Hayyakum’ aims not only to provide the children of frontline healthcare professionals with access to high-quality education but also to alleviate the financial stress faced by many frontline healthcare professionals with the payment of tuition fees, ultimately encouraging the long-term retention of frontline healthcare professionals.”

The program is a joint project of the Ministry of Education and the Frontline Heroes Office.

The office for frontline workers was recently established to support health care workers and their families by designing support programs to target those in need. Eighty thousand health care workers have so far been identified as eligible to receive support services.

“We, at the Frontline Heroes Office, hope to provide the same level of support and compassion that those on the frontline have provided to millions of people across our nation. We wish their children every success as they embark upon a new school year and we look forward to watching them follow in their parents’ footsteps to become outstanding members of society,” Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Board of the Frontline Heroes Office said.

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The UAE’s academic year restarted on August 30 after closing in March to slow the spread of coronavirus.

The program was launched under the direction of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and overseen by H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and Chairman of the Education and Human Resources Council.

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