A report today (19 April 2008) in the Khaleej Times notes the ongoing commitment of the UAE government in improving the quality of childhood education through the piloting of the ‘Future Schools’ project.
This is heartening, bearing in mind some of the earlier reports about the low standard of primary school education.
While the Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has made an enormous financial investment in making the UAE a centre of knowledge, in plans to translate hundreds of the great classics into Arabic and lifting the educational standard generally, this will be wasted without the solid foundations of learning being laid in early childhood and during primary school education.
Dr. Geoff Pound
Image: Primary School children, Abu Dhabi.
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