The new education strategy 2010-2020, announced by the Ministry of Education, identifies a "suitable environment for students" as a key pillar of focus. The Ministry has addressed current challenges and identified solutions to equip students with life skills and relevant knowledge to raise a well educated generation.
The strategy aims at producing school graduates who are trained to inquire, think critically, analyze and communicate effectively, thereby being prepared for the challenges of the future job market, with professionalism and commitment
The Ministry of Education has adopted 50 strategic initiatives within the new educational strategy, through a series of workshops organized by the Ministry and attended by a large number of veteran educators and professionals involved in the educational sector.
These include: incorporating student guidance into the study plan; setting standards for the recruitment of student counselors; amending the years of compulsory school attendance; restructuring of sports education in schools in order to improve the UAE's student competitiveness in international tournaments; mandatory attendance of health education classes; and focusing on extracurricular activities.
In addition, the Ministry of Education identified a host of other initiatives related to education infrastructure including: introducing global standards for school buildings maintenance (preventive maintenance); developing and implementing an IT support plan; further enhancing of safety and security systems; unifying the environment in public and private schools; preparing and introducing an IT system for the Ministry, its branches and schools as well as developing the Ministry's human resources policies.
The strategy also incorporates a set of parent-related initiatives such as the development of a voluntary social-work program for students; communications efforts targeting parents in order to improve their involvement in school life as well as activating partnerships with the private sector and social institutions. The new strategy, "10×10", aims to achieve 10 major student-centered objectives over 10 years by requiring all involved in the educational process in the UAE to launch a list of specific attainable initiatives, and prioritize their implementation according to the highest standards of excellence.