H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and Chairman of the Education and Human Resources Council, has chaired the 26th meeting of the Council held in Abu Dhabi.
At the beginning of the meeting, Sheikh Abdullah congratulated all students, teachers and staff in the educational field on the occasion of the beginning of the new academic year. He pointed out that the Education and Human Resources Council aims to raise the level of coordination among various stakeholders in order to prepare a generation well equipped enough to deliver the future and achieve the country’s ambitions.
Sheikh Abdullah praised the “Back to School Policy” launched by the Federal Government at the recommendation of the National Programme for Happiness and Positivity in coordination with the Federal Authority for Government Human Resources.
The policy provides for the granting of three hours leave as a maximum to parents, who are working for the federal government and have children in school, to help them have enough flexibility to take their children to and from schools, during the first day of school. The move allows parents to start work late or leave early on the same day. As per the policy, the three hours leave can be taken in the morning or evening or it can be divided between both timings.
“The new policy reflects the keenness of the UAE leadership to ensure family cohesion and make it easier for parents in recognition of their significant role in supporting and standing by their children on the moral and academic levels,” Sheikh Abdullah affirmed.
The Council discussed the proposal made by Hussain bin Ibrahim Al Hammadi, Minister of Education, on the establishment of the Education Support Fund which aims to strengthen partnerships with the private sector and businessmen to develop education and provide additional financial resources to support qualitative development programmes in the educational field in all its stages and forms.
During the meeting, Sarah bin Yousef Al Amiri, Minister of State, also reviewed the latest developments with regards to the National Advanced Sciences Agenda 2031, which was launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, last April.
The 2031 Agenda sets out eight scientific priorities up to 2031 and 30 scientific targets up to 2021. The eight scientific priorities aim to make the most of all strategic natural resources in the country through:national capacity-building, promoting the sustainable energy sector, enhancing water security using advanced and clean technology, developing advanced scientific food security system, addressing health challenges in the UAE through a national scientific system, developing advanced industries sector, building a system of logistical support based on scientific studies and data and creating a strategic industries complex.
The meeting was attended by Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Minister of Economy, Hussain bin Ibrahim Al Hammadi, Minister of Education, Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, Nasser bin Thani Al Hamli, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation, Hessa Essa Buhumaid, Minister of Community Development, Jameela Al Muheiri, Minister of State for Public Education, Dr. Ahmad bin Abdullah Humaid Belhoul Al Falasi, Minister of State for Higher Education and Advanced Skills, Shamma bint Suhail Faris Al Mazrui, Minister of State for Youth Affairs, Sarah bin Yousef Al Amiri, Minister of State, along with a number of senior officials.
Source: UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs