Her Excellency Sheikha Jamila bint Muhammad Al Qasimi, President of Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services, directed her sincerest thanks and appreciation to the Chairman and members of the Board of Directors of Dubai Islamic Bank. The Bank has donated four million dirhams of zakat on its money for the year 2021. It aims at paying the tuition fees for students with disabilities who are entitled to zakat funds in accordance with Islamic Sharia.
She explained that the strategic cooperation and partnership agreement that the city signed with Dubai Islamic Bank last March clearly confirms the bank’s seriousness and commitment to the principles of social responsibility and support for the city. Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services is always keen to consolidate and develop bonds of cooperation with local, Arab and international institutions and authorities. It aims to provide the highest quality services, keep abreast of the latest developments and improve the quality of life for persons with disabilities.
The President of the City praised the continuity of Bank’s support to the City since 2011. She praised its religious and societal commitment to students with disabilities and the educational services it provides to them, in line with international best practices.
She said, “Although the average cost of tuition fees per student in the city during the academic year is 30,000 dirhams, the actual cost ranges between 20,000 dirhams and 80,000 dirhams, depending on the type of disability and the services a student needs”.
The President of Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services indicated that 80% of all students with disabilities benefit from the zakat campaign that it organizes annually during the holy month of Ramadan. It aims at paying tuition fees for students with disabilities who are financially unable.
She expressed the city’s pride in the academic achievements of its students. The city graduated 90 high school students. 12 of them have a university degree. 23 of them are continuing their collage studies. It has previously integrated 568 students with disabilities into schools. It contributed to the employment of 395 persons with disabilities in government and private institutions. In addition, 7,512 children benefited from the early detection and screening program organized by its Early Intervention Center.
She also emphasized that this continuous support, which dates back to many years in which Dubai Islamic Bank became a major partner and supporter of the city, is a practical application of the principle of sustainability that guarantees the prosperity and happiness of communities.
Sheikha Jamila concluded by saying, “Education is a legitimate way to give zakat on money, through which the community achieve stability for the family and provide a source of livelihood, which the slogan of the city’s zakat campaign “Your Zakat to Support our Education” reflects”. This approach is consistent with city’s principles, objectives, and interest in urging the community and its institutions to contribute to educating persons with disabilities and empowering them scientifically and cognitively.
Source: Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services