Abu Dhabi Education Council all set for introducing moral education to schools

ABU DHABI, 4th January, 2017 (WAM) — The Abu Dhabi Education Council, ADEC, is all set for the pilot phase of including moral education as a subject in the curricula of public and private schools in the emirate, which begins in the second semester of the current school year.

Moral education is being introduced to schools following the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

Completing preparations for the pilot phase, the council organised a training programme for 25 teachers from 9 schools on the experimental launch of the subject, in co-operation with the Crown Prince Court.

The introduction of moral education was in line with the vision of the UAE leadership for building the character of citizens who are proud of their identity and ethics, said Dr. Ali Al Nuaimi, Director General of Abu Dhabi Education Council.

Teachers can play a great role in the information age where access to knowledge is easy and technology can be used to shape the personalities of students and increase their awareness about national and security-related issues, Al Nuaimi added.

Dr. Karima Al Mazroui, ADEC’s acting executive director for schools, said the new subject would help students form a wholesome personality.

Moral education will be taught in Arabic at public schools and in English in private foreign schools, she said.

Elaborating on the ways in which students would be assessed in this subject, she said the focus would be on its practical aspects, comprising projects and community service.

Mohamed Al Mulla, Acting Director of Arabic Curricula Department at ADEC, said that teachers were introduced to content material and teaching mechanisms for the subject during training.

The pillars of the subject of moral education are character and ethics, individual and community, civic education and cultural education, community and self-development, and rights and responsibilities.

The initiative seeks to promote tolerance, mutual respect, proactive behavior, community engagement and positive interaction among students