DUBAI, 24th May, 2023 (WAM) — The Ministry of Education highlighted significant developments in the educational sector and their impact on students during its participation in the 32nd edition of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF). The ADIBF is being held under the patronage of President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan from 22nd to 28th May, 2023 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC).
Under the slogan “Education Towards New Horizons,” the Ministry is presenting means of optimising digital solutions to develop interactive and innovative content, thereby enhancing the effectiveness of curricula. The Ministry is also focusing on key themes, such as innovation in education, sustainability, promoting Emirati culture and heritage and highlighting Arabic as the national Language. Additionally, the Ministry’s pavilion presents an interactive activity that highlights the journey of the UAE and of Emiratis in the Year of Sustainability, in the run up to COP28.
Dr. Ahmad Belhoul Al Falasi, Minister of Education, reiterated the Ministry’s commitment to leveraging ADIBF’s international calibre to highlight its efforts in providing comprehensive, future- forward educational experiences, which equip students with the tools to address future challenges.
He said, “Education plays a pivotal role in building people, as it is the cornerstone of establishing knowledge-based communities. We aim to keep people at the centre of our participation in this year’s edition of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair. Our platform will focus on good citizenship and enhancing it through technology, digital solutions, supporting sustainability, and establishing pride in national identity.”
The “UAE Citizen’s Journey” experience, during ADIBF, offers a multi-stage tour through a virtual world, where participants will engage in an interactive experience focusing on sustainability, in line with the UAE’s preparations to host COP28. The digital journey begins its first stage through a hologram screen that highlights the digital solutions adopted as part of the national educational curriculum. This will then move on to provide a glimpse into the digitisation of educational content through interactive and innovative applications. In this stage, participants will be transported into the metaverse, highlighting the Arabic language, and introducing sustainability and citizenship concepts.
Visitors will then arrive at the third stage in their journey in the Metaverse through a multi-branching narrative that encourages them to make choices on how they would react in specific situations, highlighting national societal values. In the fourth and final stage, they end the journey by making a digital pledge where they affirm their commitment to supporting the sustainable development goals of the UAE.
The 32nd ADIBF, organised by the Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Centre, focuses on “sustainability.” With 1,300+ exhibitors from 90 countries, the event gathers intellectuals, writers, artists, and publishers to discuss sustainability and its relevance in the publishing industry, aligning with the UAE’s commitment to sustainability and hosting COP28 in November.