More than a million students in the UAE are set to experience unforgettable educational and inspirational journeys at Expo 2020 Dubai.
The UAE Ministry of Education and private educational groups have pledged to place school students at the heart of The World’s Greatest Show so that it leaves a lasting and meaningful legacy for the next generation.
GEMS Education, Al-Mawakeb Schools, Innoventures Education, Emirates National Schools, Taaleem, Al Dar Education, Athena Education & Quality Learning and Nord Anglia International School Dubai are among the first educational groups to announce their support.
"Guided by the directive of our wise leadership, Expo 2020 is placing school students at its heart and contributing to a positive, lasting impact on our children’s present and future. We thank the Ministry of Education and the private school groups for their commitment to the Expo School Programme. Today’s signing shows the strong public and private sector support for this important event, and the collective desire to establish a sustainable legacy for future generations," said His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Airports and President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority.
"We want as many school students as possible from across the UAE to benefit from Expo 2020 and discover the myriad opportunities it offers, in line with the theme of ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’. Through a series of bespoke journeys, students will explore new worlds of innovation and inspiration and we encourage all UAE schools to enjoy the World’s Greatest Show to the fullest via the Expo School Programme."
"This is fully in line with the UAE's vision of empowering young people and providing opportunities for their development. We are very keen that our students engage actively in Expo 2020 Dubai, which will introduce them to unique innovations and cultures from all over the world," said Jameela bint Salem Mesbeh Al Muhairi, UAE Minister of State for Public Education.
"It is a chance to inform them on the challenges they will face as they grow up, the steps they need to take to tackle these challenges, and how to build more resilient and sustainable communities. We invite all schools in the UAE, public and private, to seize this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and make the most out of the greatest show of human brilliance and achievement."
An Expo 2020 school ticket will cost AED 50 per student per trip, and schools can register via a dedicated online booking system that will go live by the end of 2019.
The 'commitment agreement' was inked in the presence of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai.