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Public School Curriculum Development in the United Arab Emirates

With an increasing emphasis on youth development and employability in the Middle East, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has made substantial efforts to re-imagine and reform its public education sector. Local education authorities have implemented many reforms to try to shift education from rote memorization toward a skills-based system that prepares students to thrive in the 21st century. This policy paper explores the history of public-school curriculum development in the UAE, including intended, implemented, and achieved curricula; the role of various agencies, ministries, and current initiatives in this ongoing development; and the challenges and possibilities that lie ahead on the road of reform. It concludes with recommendations for policymakers relating to the implementation of sustainable curriculum reforms.

Recommended citation: Tandogan, V., & Ridge, N. (2022). Public school curriculum development in the United Arab Emirates (Policy Paper No. 60). Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research.

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