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UAE launches "back to school" programme for government employees

The new policy will enable 28,000 parents working for the Federal Government to accompany their 90,000 sons and daughters on the first school day next week

UAE launches "back to school" programme for government employees

The UAE’s Federal Government has launched a new “Back to School” policy allowing government employees to accompany their children to schools and nurseries on their first day of school and giving them flexible working hours in which they can start work late or leave early.

The new policy will enable 28,000 parents working for the Federal Government to accompany their 90,000 sons and daughters on the first school day next week, benefitting more than 4,000 children under the age of five.

According to the UAE’s state-run WAM news agency, the programme was launched after the recommendation of the National Programme for Happiness and Wellbeing, in coordination with the Federal Authority for Government Human Resources (FAHR).

“The new policy reflects the efforts of the National Programme for Happiness and Wellbeing to promote the family social role and achieve balance between social and professional lives, as well as its desire to promote wellbeing within the community and coordinate with relevant authorities to provide for the needs of students, especially during kindergarten and their primary school year, by enabling their parents to accompany them at the start of the school year,” said Ohoud bin Khalfan Al Roumi, Minister of State for Happiness and Wellbeing and Director-General of the Prime Minister’s Office.

Dr. Abdulrahman Abdul Manan Al Awar, Director-General of FAHR, added that government human resources policies and legislation is being updated, with new initiatives being planned to improve the happiness and well-being of federal employees.