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New UAE curriculum to include moral education from 2017-18

Ministry of Education approves plan to include subject to promote ethics, tolerance, respect and national loyalty

New UAE curriculum to include moral education from 2017-18
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A new school curriculum including the new subject of moral education to promote ethics, tolerance, respect and national loyalty will come into force in the UAE for the 2017-18 academic year.

The Ministry of Education gave its approval to the plan and a test case will be initially introduced in selected schools as early as January 2017, news agency WAM reported.

It said that the ministry will invite feedback in the lead up to the official start.

Sixteen public and private schools in Abu Dhabi and Dubai and another seven in other emirates have been selected for the experimental phase, said Sheikha Kholoud Al Qasimi, the Assistant Under-Secretary for Oversight at the Ministry of Education.

The Ministry of Education has co-ordinated all phases of planning for the move with the Court of the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and other relevant educational and other bodies, added Hussain bin Ibrahim Al Hammadi, Minister of Education.

The initiative is the first of its kind in the region and aims to promote ethics, values of tolerance, respect, national loyalty and personal and community growth, culture and heritage, sustainability, civic education, and rights and responsibilities, WAM said.

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Peter 3 years ago

What a great idea. Just wondering which moral and ethic standards will be taken as a base line?

Edwin G 3 years ago

hopefully one that will inspire altruism and kindness first and foremost with activities that will provide an assistance to others less fortunate.