With UNESCO celebrating the work of educators across the globe with World Teachers’ Day on October 5, Expo 2020 Dubai is participating with its own tributes for 2021.
It is honouring those working in the region and the world, with a nod to the contributions of one teacher in particular.
As part of Expo 2020 Dubai's legacy plans, the Innovation Gallery within Terra – The Sustainability Pavilion will be renamed to honour Muhammed Al Saket Al Falasi, the man who taught His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai during the 1950s, and who undoubtedly was an influence on the way Dubai has developed.
A commemorative plaque will be unveiled in the coming weeks, honouring the former educator and the important work of teachers around the world, with a small ceremony, and in keeping with the education theme, the Innovation Gallery will feature a children’s innovations exhibit, providing a playful, exploratory experience, seeking to broaden minds and break the cycle of consumerism.
Terra itself will be transformed into a Science Museum, promoting sustainable choices for all ages following the closing of Expo on March 31, 2022.
Education has been at the forefront of Expo 2020 Dubai, with the Expo School Programme organising school visits, with easy access for children and teachers.
On World Teachers’ Day, these visits will be promoted on social media, with students holding boards with writing in English and Arabic, pledging thanks to their teachers.
Mohammed Al Saket Al Falasi, who is now 86 years old, taught at Al Ahmadiya School, the first semi-formal school in Dubai.
Several years ago, Sheikh Mohammed spoke of his appreciation for his former teacher, who he described as a virtuous person, and his deep respect for others involved in his education.
"Honouring teachers feels natural in the UAE, as it has made such great leaps in the education sector in recent decades. This time the honour is particularly special, as it comes from Expo 2020 Dubai - an event we are all so proud to be hosting, and the first of its kind in the region," said Ali Muhammad Al Saket Al Falasi, the son of the pioneering teacher.