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Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum donates $1.2 million to implement the IBE Diploma in the Arab region



His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Finance of the United Arab Emirates, has made a significant donation of more than USD6 million to UNESCO during his visit to the Organization. Director-General Irina Bokova and the Minister of Education, H.E. Hussain Al Hammadi, signed two agreements in the presence of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan. 

These agreements formalize the donation of USD1.2 million for the project “Implementing the Postgraduate Diploma in Curriculum Design and Development in the Arab region” and USD5 million for the renovation and improvement of Room I, the main assembly hall, at UNESCO headquarters.  The donations are in the spirit of the successful cooperation established between UNESCO and the “Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Prize for Outstanding Practice and Performance in Enhancing the Effectiveness of teachers” since 2008.

At the signing ceremony, the Director General stated that this new cooperation “strengthens the Organisation at headquarters and bolsters our action in a key priority area on the ground. It reflects the deep commitment of His Highness and the United Arab Emirates to UNESCO to the values we share and to the objectives we hold in common, for which I am deeply grateful.” 

About the IBE-UNESCO Diploma in Curriculum Design and Development

The Diploma is a postgraduate course implemented by the IBE and other UNESCO partners in collaboration with academic institutions at the country level. The Diploma combines face-to-face sessions with distance learning activities over a period of nine months. The activities are organized in a manner to support the development of necessary competencies, and also to elaborate products inspired by thorough reflection and analysis.