Frontline Heroes Office
President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has issued Federal Decree No. 95 of 2020 establishing the Frontline Heroes Office. The new entity will be chaired by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and will recognise and support the UAE’s frontline workers in the long term.
The Frontline Heroes Office aims at:
- raising awareness of the key role played by the frontline workers during crises and emergencies
- recognising their efforts and acknowledging their sacrifices
- looking after their needs and addressing their priorities.
The Decree outlines the Office’s mandate, which includes:
- defining the frontline workers and establishing the criteria used to identify them
- preparing and implementing strategies and initiatives to support them, in collaboration with relevant authorities
- instructing relevant entities to build a database of the frontline workers by establishing an online registry interlinking the relevant federal, local or private bodies
- running events, granting rewards, presenting appreciation certificates, and nominating any of the frontline workers to receive honorary medals.
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‘Hayyakum’ initiative for children of frontline heroes
Under the ‘Hayyakum’ initiative, children of frontline healthcare professionals will receive scholarships to attend public schools in the UAE. Scholarship will be provided from the academic year 2020-21 until graduation from high school. It covers the cost of tuition, laptop and transportation.
‘Hayyakum’ aims to provide the children of frontline healthcare professionals high-quality education while alleviating the financial stress faced by their parents and encouraging them to stay for a longer term in the UAE.
This initiative is part of a wider collaborative framework between Ministry of Education and the Frontline Heroes Office to ensure sustainable funding for the scholarship and also launch and implement other education-focused initiatives to benefit children of frontline healthcare professionals.
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