The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization has awarded two UAE cities, Ras Al Khaimah and Sharjah, with membership to the Global Network of Learning Cities (GNLC).
The two joined 79 other cities, plus 294 from 76 countries in the UNESCO network. This accomplishment reflects the UAE’s commitment to achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by improving education and encouraging lifelong learning among its citizens.
Having placed education at the cornerstone of its Vision 2021 back in 2010, the Ministry of Education in UAE teamed up with its partners to chalk out a strategy that shall maximize participation in high-quality education, encourage entrepreneurship, and nurture public and private sector leaders.
As a part of the GNLC, the two cities will be able to advance their educational outcomes, extend the use of contemporary technologies in the learning process, and empower communities while enhancing the general quality and excellence of the education sector.
Sharjah is eager to develop an integrated educational strategy and public policy, build skills based on best practices and offer equal opportunities in education and services in compliance with high standards for quality, effectiveness, and transparency.
Education is a key component of Ras Al-Khaimah’s Vision 2030 strategy, which aspires to offer an inclusive education system for everyone. The Emirate aims to create more programs to enhance instruction and training in various fields.
The UNESCO decision was made in light of the nomination made by the UN national committee as well as the recommendations of an expert jury, given that the requirements had been met.
The GNLC is a forum that promotes policy dialogue and peer learning, helping to create partnerships, build capacity, and provide tools to support the development of learning cities.
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