MBRSG holds 1st UAE Public Policy Forum 2017Mar 13, 2017
The United Arab Emirates Public Policy Forum, held by H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, is the first of its kind to concentrate on the “Future Direction of Education Policy.” The question posed to contributors is how to best achieve the UAE Vision 2021 through paradigmatic changes in the educational system.
The forum proposes a series of phases to maximize capacity building by not only enhancing teacher quality, but shifting the pedagogy towards a more inquiry-based, student-centered method of learning. The end goal is to help the UAE’s educational institutions meet universal standards for schooling.
Discussions are segmented into six categories pertaining to the development of education in the country. These include the following:
1. Public-Private Partnership in Education
2. Global Standards of Excellence
3. Effectiveness of Education Reforms
4. Paradigm Shift in UAE Education
5. Innovation and Technology
6. Capacity Building through Education
Capacity building in the UAE targets areas such as enhancing research profile, encouraging innovation, and facilitating the inclusion of gifted and disabled students. School officials were advised to prioritise quality-over-quantity by providing employees and students with the tools needed to be notable professionals.
How to best execute the policies across the country uniformly is another topic of discussion. To facilitate the process, partnerships are made among the Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for the Distinguished Academic Performance, the Ministry of Education, the Dubai Knowledge and Human Development Authority and the United Nations Development Program UNDP. The collaborative work between these groups seeks to aid the development of operative public education policies, which will create a sustainable school system across the UAE. This system is part of the UAE’s Vision 2021 and the United Nations’ 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.
The importance of collaboration among government, teaching, and private industry officials is emphasized after reports of dissatisfaction among employers over the lack of qualified graduates in the educational sector were brought up.
The forum takes place on March 12th and 13th 2017 where the program also contains detailed discussion of technology as a focal point in development across all fields.
Danna Abrahim and Laila Abo El-Enein