UAE’s Education for Sustainable Development: The Education Policy Agenda and the recently created strategy plan

Since the UAE’s centennial strategy 2071 was revealed, procedures have been put in place to guarantee that projects and programmes are updated frequently to match national objectives.

Over the next 4 years, education reform will be steered by the strategic plan. Its design, planning, and execution of education reform projects were all predicated on the premise that a high-quality, relevant system of education is the key to achieving sustainable growth in the United Arab Emirates.

It has been acknowledged and validated that highly educated, multi skilled, flexible, and driven citizens are needed and valuable. Our graduates and lifelong learners will be equipped with the knowledge and abilities to uphold and expand the stability and security of the UAE’s society, as well as the UAE’s economic competitiveness on the international market.

The UAE recently expanded the MOE’s mandate to encompass higher education in order to achieve alignment, responsiveness, and harmonisation. Preschool instruction and all other types of early childhood services were added to the mandate.

Private and public schools offer more than 17 curricula, and federal and local governments with responsibility for education collaborate to ensure that all students have access to high-quality education. The SDG 4 structure has been incorporated into the national educational agenda of the United Arab Emirates by highlighting the need for equitable, high-quality educational opportunities from a comprehensive and lifelong learning perspective, wherein education is acknowledged as a fundamental human right and a public good.

UAE has taken substantial steps to integrate education for sustainable development into the National Policy for Education Framework in order to ensure that the national education policy is responsive to the framework of SDG 4. To do this, the following actions have been taken:

  • Fostering political consensus and high-level commitment to promote SDG 4’s integration into national education planning and policy
  • Comparing current national policies to SDG 4 to find any gaps. As a result, the National Agenda’s goals and objectives reflected the SDG 4’s objectives.
  • Identifying information gap to guarantee consistent and regular nationwide evaluation.
  • Establishing a National Team for Education 2030 to coordinate effectively at the state scale with all stakeholders in the education sector
  • The Ministries and its partners’ plan for tracking SDG 4’s implementation progress and results builds on already-existing monitoring systems for education policy. To ensure that the data components necessary for efficient monitoring are in place, the National Squad for Learning 2030 has created a plan of action.
  • A cutting-edge education data centre has been set up, enabling data and analysis easily accessible to support decision-making based on facts. Workshops on the data needed for SDG indicators are organised on a regular basis to raise awareness and capability among stakeholders. Additionally, a display with baseline information for each Sustainable Development Goals 4 target has been created.

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