The UAE’s mandatory moral education subject is best taught throughout the school day rather than as single weekly lesson, headteachers said.
A number of schools have begun threading the themes and coursework into other subjects to achieve better results.
The mandatory 45-minute class introduced in September 2017 is taught in government and private schools nationwide.
The aim is to develop a sense of civic duty and community while touching on local customs and culture, which the government sees as crucial in a country of more than 200 nationalities.
There is no question that, in the future, student learning will supersede the classical curriculum that we know today. Students will become partners to their own education, partaking in real-world and digital experiences that allow collaboration, communication and teamwork for all students beyond classroom walls. Therefore, we need to facilitate these experiences using the “native” tools of modern learners, equipping the youth and preparing them for their future workplaces, which ultimately should be reflected in the classroom.
Casting our eye to the future, standardised roles will be increasingly automated. Machines will free people from routine tasks, and yet, despite these revolutions in technology, the workplace will always contain people. Students must learn to work together. The human workforce will need more strategic, non-routine skills and be able to work in complex teams effectively. This deems collaboration, creative thinking and emotional intelligence as key. Employees will spend a large part of their working week using technology to build collaborative partnerships across organisations.
The goal of increasing organisational efficiency has been replaced by the mission to be more agile, innovative and digitally focused. It will be about connecting knowledge workers with one another, and connecting those same experts to the data, tools, and context they need to address complex business scenarios.