High-quality education at affordable cost project

Eudore R. Chand

DUBAI 9 March 2021: Dubai Schools, a project that offers high-quality education at an affordable cost, was launched yesterday by H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council.

The project also creates a new Emirati schooling system, and while preparing students for the requirements of the future job market, the new school model also seeks to deepen their Emirati, Arab and Muslim identity.

“Today, we launched Dubai Schools, a new school model that will enrich Dubai’s educational system by providing schooling that can develop individuals that are nationally rooted and globally competent. The new initiative, which integrates a global curriculum, will contribute in developing the educational and life skills of students with a focus on Emiratis values and the Arabic language. The new model is designed to prepare students to lead and innovate and make valuable contributions to building the nation’s future,” said Sheikh Hamdan.

“Amidst the rapid changes we are seeing in the world, we have a responsibility to equip our students with new skills and knowledge that will help them pursue excellence and success in the future. The Dubai Schools initiative represents a new phase in our long-term education plan created to support the sustainability of our development journey,” he went on to say.

Sheikh Hamdan also attended the signing of an agreement between Dubai Government and Taaleem Company to operate Dubai Schools. The agreement creates the framework for a public-private sector partnership to operate schools. He also approved the formation of the Supervisory Steering Committee of Dubai Schools chaired by a representative of the Secretariat General of The Executive Council. Members of the Committee will include representatives of the Department of Finance, Knowledge Fund Establishment and Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA).

The agreement was signed by Abdulla Al Basti, Secretary-General of Dubai Executive Council and Chairman of the Supervisory Steering Committee of Dubai Schools and Khalid Al-Tayer, Chairman of Taaleem.

According to the agreement, the first phase of Dubai Schools will include two schools in Mirdif and Al Barsha, that will commence in the 2021-22 academic year. The two schools, which have an enrolment capacity of 800 students from pre-school to Grade 4 and follows an American curriculum, will open on 29 August.

Emirati students in Dubai will have priority for admission in Dubai Schools and can avail of scholarships of up to 100%, awarded on the basis of merit.


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