The Federal Ministry of Education in partnership with the Frontline Heroes Office has launched “Hayyakum”, an initiative that will provide scholarships for children of frontline healthcare professionals to attend public schools across the UAE. This has been rolled out 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.
“Hayyakum” aims to provide the children of frontline healthcare professionals with access to high-quality education and also alleviate the financial stress faced by many frontline healthcare professionals in the payment of tuition fees. The initiative will ultimately result in the long-term retention of frontline healthcare professionals.
So far, 1,850 children of frontline healthcare professionals have received the scholarships, which will commence this academic year and run until the year of graduation from high school. Applications for this academic year close on September 30.
The Frontline Heroes Office was established in July 2020 by decree of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and is under the direction of the Chairman of the Frontline Heroes Office, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed.
It supports a comprehensive range of frontline professionals, including medical and non-medical staff working in the health sector, such as doctors, nurses, pharmacists, cleaning and services personnel, as well as protection and prevention workers, security and emergency workers, and sanitisation workers.