UAE history in schools to be debated by the FNC
ABU DHABI // Improving the study of UAE history in schools, promoting volunteer work, releasing legal statistics and domestic abuse. These are just some of the issues set for discussion at the FNC this week.
Ali Al Nuaimi (Ajman) will ask Humaid Al Qattami, Minister of Education, about curriculums in private schools and teaching the history of the country to Emiratis and expatriates.
“There are more than 18 curriculums in the country that the students study, specifically in private schools,” Mr Al Nuaimi said.
“There is a concentration on subjects that have no relation to UAE history or the life we lead. They do not develop nationalism.”
Mr Al Nuaimi said that pupils should be taught the history of the country and there should be more of a focus on Islamic teachings.
“We need specified standards. In the end, the student will graduate from a school in the UAE. The priority and concentration should be about the UAE’s history.
“I speak about both nationals and non-nationals, as they are also a part of the society and in turn we must give them the importance of learning about its culture,” he said.
Mr Al Nuaimi will also question Dr Hadef Al Dhaheri, the Minister of Justice, on the possibility of the ministry providing legal statistics and data to other entities.
“As a ministry, they should provide the statistics to other ministries to improve the judicial duties. I am optimistic because it will make their goals and missions clearer – it is realisable,” he said.
“We need a statistical system available at the ministry [of justice] to improve the quality of the work and [to study] social trends.”
Mr Al Nuaimi said the statistics would allow marriage and divorce trends to be examined. This data, he said, would allow other Government bodies to look at possible rises or declines and then be able to act.
“We also need the statistics to be available to the media – to state the issues without bias,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Social Affairs, Mariam Al Roumi, will be questioned about ways to encourage volunteer work by Salem Al Ameri (Abu Dhabi).
Dr Shaikha Al Owais (Sharjah) will also question the minister on committees that have been formed to provide better services to those with special needs and how effective they are.
Attending the session will be Dr Anwar Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and FNC Affairs.
Questioning him will be Hamad Al Rahoomi (Dubai) about granting annual packages and the numbers of employees who resigned from the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation last year.
Sultan Al Sammahi (Fujairah) will ask Abdullah Al Nuaimi, the Minister of Public Works and chairman of the Zayed Housing Programme, about the requirements to be met for people to receive an increase in financial aid from the programme.
Domestic violence is another topic that is expected to be discussed at the session.
The members will discuss current legislation on violence towards women and children, the role of shelters and rehabilitation services.
The session will be held in the council’s headquarters in the capital tomorrow at 9am and is open to the public.
Published: May 18, 2014 04:00 AM