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Al Ain Academy

Primary & Secondary, Mixed

Very Good With Outstanding FeaturesEnglish National CurriculumAl Ain
Al Bateen Academy

Secondary, Mixed

OutstandingEnglish National Curriculum,IB Diploma ProgrammeAbu Dhabi
Al Mamoura Academy

Primary Mixed / Secondary Girls Only

Good With Very Good Features English National CurriculumAbu Dhabi
Al Muna Academy

Primary, Mixed

OutstandingEnglish National CurriculumAbu Dhabi
Al Yasmina Academy

Primary & Secondary, Mixed

Very Good With Outstanding FeaturesEnglish National CurriculumAbu Dhabi
The Pearl Academy

Primary, Mixed

Very Good With Outstanding FeaturesEnglish National CurriculumAbu Dhabi
West Yas Academy

Primary Mixed / Secondary Segregated 

GoodAmerican Massachusetts State CurriculumAbu Dhabi
Al Forsan Nursery

Nursery Mixed

Not ApplicableEnglish National CurriculumAbu Dhabi
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Why the Moral Education initiative safeguards our nation's future

  • 21 Feb, 2017
  • Aldar Academies

It strives to promote tolerance by incorporating ethics, personal and community development, culture and heritage, civic education, and rights and responsibilities into the school curricula. I have every confidence the initiative will succeed, but see its benefits extending far beyond promoting tolerance.

Instilling the UAE's morals and values into our children at a young age is not only beneficial to their development as honest, caring, and meaningful human beings, but to our society as a whole.

It is our children who will shape the future, so what they learn at school and at home today will naturally be reflected in tomorrow's society. For the UAE, looking forward to how today's actions impact on tomorrow is vitally important considering the speed the nation has already grown and how rapidly the population has diversified.

As His Highness rightly noted when announcing the initiative, the creation of a nation relies on its ability to preserve the values and morals that helped it to emerge - more so than its achievements. Ultimately, any economic or social accomplishments cannot be sustained unless society is grounded upon a shared set of morals and values. For the UAE, our own collection of principles is one of two pillars holding up the success of the nation, the other being innovation.

As educators, we have a responsibility to teach and reinforce the UAE's foundation morals and values to position the country as a moral leader, just as it already spearheads innovation. It is undeniable that the country's achievements to date owe much to the values that helped us forge relationships with those from other nations and cultures. For our prosperity to continue, these relationships must be encouraged while making sure the principles that got us to this point are not overlooked. Doing so has to start in the classroom.

Today, education focuses on the skills that are most relevant to society, such as the ‘STEAM' subjects of science, technology, engineering, art, and math. For the UAE to continue on its upward path, our children must be taught these important skills in tandem with an understanding of how they can be good human beings among UAE society. This is precisely what the Moral Education initiative aims to do.

When a young person is educated in the initiative's five elements as mentioned earlier, they are well prepared to have a positive impact on society. And when they do enter the professional world, where our education system enables them to achieve whatever they desire, these individuals have the power to make a positive difference to the lives of others.

When we consider the direction Abu Dhabi is moving in, the Moral Education initiative is more important than ever. The capital is eight years into its Economic Vision 2030 plan, the blueprint for where the nation wants to be. One of the nine pillars of the plan is “maintaining Abu Dhabi's values, culture and heritage”, which the initiative aligns with directly.

Whether the Moral Education initiative becomes mandatory for all schools or only government institutes, private educators would be wise to follow His Highness's lead. Aldar Academies couldn't have earned the high status it now holds in the UAE had our curriculum not adopted similar teachings as the Moral Education initiative. We welcomed Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge's (ADEK) new Arabic and Islamic studies requirements when they were announced last year, and embraced the ‘My Identity' programme, which seeks to strengthen the feeling of national identity among Emirati students.

Additionally, we were the first private educator to add UAE history lessons to our curriculum. Moreover, we have created a teaching environment where students collaborate to help each other and society through reading projects, environmental work, and sports leadership training. We see this approach as being fundamental to developing our students - both Emirati and expat - into intelligent, well-rounded people who have a deep appreciation and respect for the country they call home.

This thinking aligns closely with His Highness's Moral Education initiative, which is encouraging for Aldar Academies as an educator and me personally as an Emirati. From my perspective, when we combine moral education with 21st century curricula and teaching methods, we place the UAE on a path towards sustainable prosperity - one that all future generations can walk.