Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 23 July 2018

Teachers’ Charter aims to ensure tolerance in UAE education system

The charter highlights the need for spreading a spirit of tolerance and equality in different sectors of education.

ABU DHABI // Teachers and lecturers are the latest to get involved in the National Programme for Tolerance as the Ministry of Education communicates the new Teachers’ Charter of Tolerance in schools and universities.

The charter highlights the need for spreading a spirit of tolerance and equality in different sectors of education, in line with the directives of Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and Chairman of the Education and Human Resources Council.

Last month, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, launched an award and institute for tolerance as the country drives an agenda that aims to promote peaceful coexistence with a view to ending conflicts in the region.

The Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Award for Tolerance will lay the base for developing tolerant young Arab leaders and support intellectual, cultural and media promotion of values that reflect tolerance and openness.

Sheikh Mohammed also announced the establishment of the International Institute for Tolerance, which will be the first of its kind in the Arab world.

The Teachers’ Charter involves the same concepts and it will be signed by faculty staff in schools and universities.

The charter stipulates that they should teach their students the set academic curricula, abide by the UAE Constitution and the legislation in force, comply with the values and principles of tolerance, mercy and cooperation in dealing with all members of the educational system and others towards building a united community based on tolerance, peace and positive coexistence. It also asks that educators deal with everyone without any distinction on the basis of origin, country, belief or social status.

The aim of the charter is to instil these ethical values in the education system and to ensure curricula does not contain any insinuation or indication of discrimination, violence or hate.