Education is a top strategic priority on the UAE national agenda. The country’s wise leadership is developing and raising the standards of education by enhancing both its societal value and academic aspects. H.H. Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces (may God protect him), has realized that alongside academic education, the younger generation should also be guided to embrace good morals and values. To this end, His Highness has issued directives that moral education be taught as a subject in schools.
Moral education is an important part of any national value system. In recognition of this, the UAE has been pursuing this ideal ever since the country was founded by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (may God rest his soul in peace).
The UAE is known for its strong cultural identity and genuine moral values, which are derived from the legacy and teachings of the true tolerant Islam as well as the traditions of the country’s forefathers. Past generations were tolerant, respectful, altruistic, cooperative, and benevolent. They had a strong sense of national belonging and were willing to make sacrifices for their beloved homeland.
The Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) aims to support and help implement the visions and strategies set forth by the UAE’s wise leadership. To this end, the 8th Annual Education Conference, “Schools and Moral Education: Toward an Education System That Consolidates Values in Society,” will highlight the various dimensions of moral education, with the aim of establishing a unified view on how this initiative can be successfully applied in UAE schools.
The first panel, “The UAE Moral Education Initiative: Premises and Impacts,” will discuss the vision of H.H. Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan (may God protect him) regarding the role of morality in the education system and how moral education can help promote the UAE as a soft power. The second panel, “Toward the Implementation of the Moral Education Initiative: Roles and Mechanisms,” will cover the various elements of the initiative and how it can be implemented by teachers, the media, families, and religious institutions. The third panel, “Moral Education in School Curricula: International Experiences,” will examine and compare the moral education experiences of other countries such as China, Japan, and Finland. And in the fourth panel, “Moral Education: Insights from the UAE Educational Sphere,” specialists will discuss the challenges in teaching moral education, the factors that determine its success, and the effectiveness of this initiative on parents and students.