Abu Dhabi, UAE: The Western Region of the emirate needs more private investment in schools to support its growing population, the Al Gharbia Development Forum was told on Tuesday.
“We are keen to develop the appropriate environment to encourage investors to build schools in the Western Region,” said Dr Amal Al Qubaisi, director general of the Abu Dhabi Education Council. “I call for business leaders and investors to extend the hand of partnership to education bodies.”
Dr Al Qubaisi said that the Western Region now has 45 schools, 33 public and 12 private. Adec recently completed the construction of five, including three in Mirfa.
The forum took place to inform investors, entrepreneurs, developers and project owners about opportunities in Al Gharbia, which accounts for about 40 per cent of the GDP of the UAE.
Topics included oil and gas, progress in the UAE’s nuclear energy programme, infrastructure investments plans, education and health, banking and finance, developments in the food production and real estate and tourism projects.
The forum was organised under the patronage of Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed, the Ruler’s Representative in the Western Region, and organised by the Department of Economic Development of Abu Dhabi.
“We believe education must complement the needs of industry and the labour market,” Dr Al Qubaisi said. “We are developing our curriculum, emphasising science, engineering and technology and working to enhance the tertiary sector.
“Knowledge is our future wealth. The creation of a generation that can absorb such knowledge is our goal. The key to the future will require us to be serious about what we do.”
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