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Adopting one of the largest universities in the Arab world and establishing the first university for artificial intelligence is a metaphor for education for the United Arab Emirates, which is the basis for all progress. Together we will look at the visions of an educator with extensive experience in managing schools, highlighting Watan’s journey to improve the education sector over the past 50 years.
As the fiftieth anniversary celebrations continue across the United Arab Emirates, I am occasionally inspired to think and wonder about the future; What will our country look like in the next fifty years? I decided to write down those ideas and present them to you here.
I have been living in the United Arab Emirates for over 30 years. I have seen a significant change in the education sector in the country. My journey here started as a kindergarten student, until I became the general manager of the same school.
I have a degree in Faculty of Engineering, MBA in Human Resources and MBA in International Business in Academic Leadership and am currently a PhD candidate in the field of Educational Psychology.
Through my core, I have contributed to the use of research-based strategies to improve education management, teaching and learning, and to the development, planning and implementation of strategic goals for my Global Education Solutions organization.
My family was distinguished by their involvement in education; The educational process has become an integral part of our identity. My father was a university professor and in 1982 founded one of the first private schools in Al Ain. I received from him the importance of education and the value it brings to one’s life. This family background prompted me to leave my standard IT job and decide to start a private education management company.
Having experienced and directly accustomed to the education system of this country, I realized what student life was like in those eighties. Living and studying with a multinational community during the time I was studying was an experience like nothing else. I consider the Emirates as my home. By the grace of Almighty God, I thank the leaders of this wonderful country for all the support and privileges we enjoy in the United Arab Emirates.
I remember our National Day celebrations when I was a student. Life was simple. There are no social websites, but over time the love of the motherland grows in our hearts. We waved UAE flags, walked around the neighborhood, visited the homes of Emirati friends and wished them National Day. We will be participating in all the parades and events organized in the cities of Al Ain and Abu Dhabi.
Today, National Day celebrations are truly amazing, and there are many campaigns and initiatives, including the fiftieth anniversary. During the Golden Jubilee celebrations in the United Arab Emirates, our school achieved; The International Indian School in Abu Dhabi has set a Guinness World Record for the largest medal ever won. I would like to note that this achievement is one of my greatest achievements because this world record was not only for me and my school but also for the United Arab Emirates. This Guinness World Record highlights the great achievements and progress made by the United Arab Emirates over the past fifty years.
“Baba Saeed”, may God calm his soul and say: “The true spirit that moves forward is the human spirit, the man capable of his thinking and his abilities.” We will listen to him talk on the radio and watch on TV what space access, the importance of education, and what this country can achieve through education. As I watch the United Arab Emirates reach Mars and become one of the safest countries in the world and one of the most technologically advanced countries, the hope that the next one will be even better increases.
I felt it was my duty to give back to this community that had enriched my life in so many ways. This prompted me to establish new schools and preschools in the United Arab Emirates. Today, we have expanded into many schools here and abroad. In the United Arab Emirates, the International Indian School in Abu Dhabi and the International English School in Al Ain have become one of the most sought after schools by citizens and residents. In 2015, we entered the field of primary education and expanded our operations; Today, we run four kindergartens across the country.
It gives me great pride to return to the country where I grew up, by educating the community and meeting its needs. I feel so lucky to be serving in a field that the founding father considers one of the pillars of the country’s success.
Today, my company has grown and expanded outside the UAE providing school management solutions and preschool education counseling services in the UAE, UK, Bahrain, Malaysia, Australia, India and the Philippines.
My dream is to continue to contribute to the development of this good country and to make great strides in the field of education, including higher education.
So, my answer to the question: Future Emirates
The progress and growth of the education sector in the United Arab Emirates is undoubtedly great. It is wonderful to see the quality, the facilities available and the general level of education in the UAE today, compared to the modest sources found in the eighties and nineties of the last century. Today, the UAE is one of the best educational policies for students with infrastructure, technology and health facilities.
The strong education sector reflects the country’s commitment to developing talented and talented staff and its ability to attract talent from around the world to its growing industries. Experts from a variety of industries and fields, as well as inventors and scientists, are now making the UAE their home.
The wise vision of Sheikh Mohammed bin Saeed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Commander of the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces, who believes in the potential of intellectual and scientific thinking through the establishment of the Mohammed bin Saeed Artificial Intelligence University. The dream is realized and transformed into a definite reality in the United Arab Emirates. These initiatives are an open call from the United Arab Emirates to the world to unleash the potential of artificial intelligence.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, has recently stated that Dubai aims to convert 60% of the emirate into natural reserves under the Dubai Urban Plan 2040. A new example of the United Arab Emirates being transformed into a stable country. Conserving and protecting the environment.
These discoveries are based on the human first approach, fulfilling the mission of the late Sheikh Saeed bin Sultan Al Nahyan to make their lives better, safer and easier for all people.
We will do everything we can to inculcate the value, meaning and importance of green economic initiatives, food security, environment and sustainability in the future education system of the United Arab Emirates.
I hope that over the next fifty years, we will see these noble ideals last and continue, as they will greatly benefit all.
The series “Between Fifty and Fifty” tells the stories and tales of people who lived in the United Arab Emirates, their present and their past.
* Muneer Ansari Parel – General Manager, International Indian School – Abu Dhabi
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