UAE’s MoE, Alef Education partner to foster environmental sustainability, climate education

Partnership will aid in the development of environmental education programs
UAE’s MoE, Alef Education partner to foster environmental sustainability, climate education
Dr. Amna Al Dahak Al Shamsi and Geoffrey Alphonso (Supplied)

Alef Education, a top player in educational technology based in the UAE, has joined hands with the UAE Ministry of Education (MoE) to ink a memorandum of understanding (MoU). The MoU aims to establish a framework for enhanced collaboration in the fields of environmental sustainability and climate education.

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By joining forces, Alef Education and the Ministry of Education demonstrate their shared dedication to advancing environmental sustainability initiatives. This partnership aims to integrate sustainability as a core theme across the educational journey. The MoU outlines various initiatives aimed at enhancing environmental education, empowering students and educators to actively engage in climate-related actions, and fostering their expertise and capabilities in this field.

In this partnership, Alef Education will leverage its expertise and resources to support the development and implementation of environmental education programs. They will provide access to educational materials and resources necessary for creating impactful initiatives. Additionally, Alef Education will actively engage in climate education initiatives organized by the Ministry of Education, contributing their knowledge and participation to further strengthen the partnership’s impact.

Shaping future generations

Dr. Amna Al Dahak Al Shamsi the assistant undersecretary of the care and capacity building sector at the Ministry of Education, said: “We, in the Ministry of Education, acknowledge the significant role of education in shaping future generations’ awareness of climate challenges, and their ability to address these in order to build a sustainable future. We are keen to strengthen collaboration with our local and international strategic partners in order to transform the educational system based on a well-defined strategy that incorporates sustainability principles in all aspects of education. This move aligns with the national climate agenda and aims to bring about tangible and sustainable changes that benefit students, educators, teachers, and society as a whole. We are therefore delighted to continue our partnership with Alef Education in order to build upon our past achievements, and to introduce sustainable initiatives and programs that integrate climate education and environmental sustainability throughout all educational stages.”

Increasing environmental awareness

Geoffrey Alphonso, CEO of Alef Education, said: “We are committed to equipping students with the knowledge, skills, and tools they need to address pressing global climate challenges. We want to increase their environmental awareness and encourage them to actively participate in developing solutions to these problems. Education plays an important role in advancing the goals of the global climate agenda and shaping a more sustainable future by empowering the next generation of climate leaders. We emphasize strengthening our collaboration and partnerships across the education sector to create an education system that prioritizes sustainability and climate action.”

Significant role

Alef Education has played a significant role in the development of the Educators Voice initiative, which was launched by the Ministry of Education. This initiative serves as a platform to acknowledge and appreciate the dedication and contributions of educators in promoting climate awareness and integrating climate change topics into the curriculum. This project aligns with the goals set for the 28th Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC (COP28), scheduled to be hosted by the UAE from November 30 to December 12, 2023. Furthermore, Alef Education is a strategic partner of the UAE Education Pavilion at COP28 and will actively participate in the conference events as part of the Ministry of Education Pavilion.

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