Sheikh Mohammed says UAE goals can only be achieved 'through the minds and efforts of the country's children'
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has reiterated his commitment to investing in the UAE's younger generation during a visit to schools.
Sheikh Mohammed said that the expectations and goals contained in the UAE’s development plans and strategies can only be achieved through the minds and efforts of the country’s children.
He added that this requires ongoing investment to develop the Emirati citizen and prepare new generations capable of carrying out their duties to their homeland and nation, to help them realise their aspirations to achieve the highest levels of overall excellence.
"Our sons and daughters will create the future of our country and continue its renaissance. We must prepare them to take responsibility and ensure their success and excellence," he said while visiting several schools in the Eastern Region.
He highlighted the importance of education as a pillar of the UAE's development, saying: "Education will enable us to reach the desired outcomes for the homeland and its glory and advancement can only be realised by our youth who have the knowledge. Scientists, experts and specialists who are competent and skilful can achieve what we desire for our country, with the highest levels of sophistication and excellence."
During the visit, Sheikh Mohammed highlighted the importance of improving the educational curriculums used during various educational stages while noting the role of schools in preparing children scientifically, physically and psychologically.
"School is the starting line of the race to excellence. The future begins here. We must improve the opening stage to assist those who will achieve our country’s progress and prosperity," he said.
He also stressed the need to prioritise the mental and physical health of young children, to ensure their integration in the education system while highlighting the necessity of promoting sports in schools and encouraging all students to practice sports.