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UAE mulls major shake-up of education, health

Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed says progress in sectors does not meet 'aspirations or expectations'

UAE mulls major shake-up of education, health
The cabinet meeting willl be chaired by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. (AFP/Getty Images)

The UAE's Cabinet will next week hold a two-day special session to discuss a major overhaul of the country's education and health sectors.

Led by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, the meeting will also include all federal ministers, news agency WAM reported on Tuesday.

It said ministers will discuss "innovative ideas" and will set up a Government Innovative Laboratory.

Sheikh Mohammed also called on Emiratis to participate in what is being dubbed the world's largest brainstorming meeting.

"The session will come up with resolutions that can overhaul the health and education sectors," WAM said.

Sheikh Mohammed urged citizens and residents to propose creative ideas for health and education via his Twitter account.

He said: "The education and health sectors are the UAE's main national issues yet the progress attained so far does not meet our aspirations and expectations."

He added that the development of education was a historic responsibility.

"We ask youth, men and women to suggest ideas and proposals on the development of education and health. We are looking forward to the largest national brainstorming session to discuss new solutions. I'm optimistic because citizens rise to the occasions whenever approached to contribute to innovative ideas."

A panel will analyse proposals and submit them to the Cabinet to discuss them during the session. The proposals endorsed by the Cabinet will be announced immediately after the session.

In October, the UAE's Cabinet approved a AED140bn federal budget for 2014-16, with 21 percent of the budget allocated to both general and higher education sectors.

The cabinet also allocated AED3.7bn to the health sector.

Paula Hall 6 years ago

Sheikh Mohammad, I have many ideas on how to handle the Healthcare Sector.. I would love to have the opportunity to meet with you and other people of the Emirates to discuss and address.

Sir, I can take the UAE on a whole different level in Healthcare if you give me a chance..

Mick 6 years ago

To say that Sheikh Mohammed's ambition is admirable is an understatement. It's heartwarming to see a leader show such constant drive and interest in enhancing the quality of all areas of infrastructure. Very proud that I continue to reside, for the better part of a decade, in a city that can be seen as a blueprint of success in the region. Sincerely. When facets of the emirate are not 100%, he takes care to ensure that all steps are taken to ramp up the quality of each critical focus area, especially health and education sectors. I really admire the fact that he is going to the public for suggestions. These 42 years of the UAE are a very important chapter in the full history of the Middle East, as a whole and the next 10 will get even better. I'm looking forward to it. I don't think I'll go anywhere.
Thank you, your Highness.

Ahsan 6 years ago

This is a very good initiative. The only person I know of in this region is Sheikh Mohammed , who comes up with daring steps like this and allow everybody to be part of it.

I think for all the happenings of Smart Government, City and Expo, Dubai needs to use its full potential of great minds residing here.

Mehriban A. Asad 6 years ago

If we would like to attend, what is a procedure? When and where you never mention. To have an idea is not enough, if you don't have strategy and tactics! Please inform us regarding attendance!

R Mike Faris 6 years ago

An area to consider is eHealth with a focus on Telehealth as a means of delivering care to remote area. Transition to an eHealth with electronic medical physician records will also save cost and create a more efficient system. UAE is already making major strides in the healthcare delivery system.

Daniela Candrea 6 years ago

When it's comes to health my heart beating faster.. My nephew was born premature at 5 1/2 months..He faith for his life and he survive, but he lost hearing and now he is having an cochlear implants (bilateral).Because of this problem he can't find an nursery where he can interfere with other kids with similar problem, many of the teachers, nurses even doctors don't ever hear about the Cochlear Implant and don't know how to advise the parents on educating their children.This king of situation don't have any help from government,and this is very sad.I do remember my sister and her husband (which is Uae national) try so hard to get an permission an getting the parking (for handicap child-as my nephew was having problem walking) and the only help that they've got was an free monthly ticket for bus or metro ..I am happy that his Highness Sheikh Mohammad notice that changes should be made in this sectors.I am looking forward to hearing good news too.May God bless everyone!

Ismail Safdari 6 years ago

For any eduction system to be a success, the most important thing is the Teacher. If teachers are well trained and take interest in their profession, we are sure for a knowledge based society. Great infra structure and availability of resources is secondary.
There is a need for Teacher testing and inducting school. The passing certificate of such a school should be compulsory for all teachers.

R. Mike Faris 6 years ago

National respect for teachers is a must, but student engagement is equally important. Some teachers in Woodland Park, Colorado (USA) tried something rather revolutionary. They “flipped” the school day for their secondary school students. Instead of kids spending their day in the classroom listening to lectures, they watched pre-recorded lessons at home and then did “homework” together in class the next day. Immediately, students were more engaged and grades went up. These teachers are putting on seminars, including one in Dubai.
innovation is invaluable.

WatchfulEYE 6 years ago

Thank God your nephew survived. The mortality rate is very high at 5.5 months and the complications he suffered (and even more) are not uncommon. Had your sister given birth in her country (the Philippines, if I may have a guess), I don't think he'd have a chance.

Mehriban A. Asad 6 years ago

First of all I would like thanks for the best cooperation. The subject I would like to discuss it is Globally New Infrastructure, and I think internet not a perfect discussion place for that. I have read all comments. Who ever suffering for health they can keeping touch with me. Around 3 years I am doing my charity in UAE and still it is going on. You can give my email address to them . I am ready to help for anyone.
Dubai it is real place where your wishes will come true!
Thanks to HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and his perfect team!!!