Schools to focus on 21st century skills

DUBAI // A new curriculum with greater emphasis on teaching technology and 21st-century skills will be rolled out to the country’s public schools in the 2018-2019 academic year.

The Ministry of Education undersecretary Marwan Al Sawaleh revealed the Government’s plans to rework the curriculum for all public school children from kindergarten to Grade 12 on the sidelines of the Microsoft in Education Global Forum, which began on Sunday.

“We are rewriting all our curriculums – everything’s 21st century, innovation,” said Mr Al Sawaleh. “By 2018-2019, almost all of our curriculum will be changed – the curriculum, textbooks, digital books – everything. The innovation and entrepreneurship, this will be part of those changes.”

Mr Al Sawaleh said the ministry was also following through on its strategy to introduce computers and tablets in all schools.

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