Within the framework of the national efforts to implement the design project for the next 50 years, launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the Ministry of Education, in cooperation with the Fifty-Year Preparedness Committee, announced the launch of the X5050 initiative to involve students of state schools in designing axes And the components of the comprehensive development plan for the next fifty years.
The design project for the next 50 years for the UAE, which is supervised by the Fifty-Year Preparedness Committee, headed by His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, aims to involve all groups and individuals of society in designing the comprehensive development plan for the UAE that defines the contours of the next 50 years For the UAE, up to the UAE Centennial 2071.
The 50X50 initiative focuses on engaging students in the national efforts to prepare a plan for preparing for the next fifty, and getting acquainted with their opinions, aspirations, ideas and development proposals on vital topics that contribute to creating a better future for future generations.
50,000 male and female students representing all educational levels, from more than 1,200 governmental and private schools nationwide, are participating in 1000 virtual interactive “remote” workshops with 50 students per workshop.
The Minister of State for Governmental Development and the Future, Secretary-General of the Committee for Preparation for the Fifty-Ehud Bint Khalfan Al-Roumi, affirmed that the UAE government adopts strengthening partnership with all segments of society to develop visions and strategies that embody the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai. In mapping and designing future trends and the country’s comprehensive development plan for the next 50 years.
Ohoud Al-Roumi indicated that the 5050X initiative translates the goals of the design project for the next 50 years by enhancing the utilization of the ambitious ideas and innovative visions of Emirati school students, who represent the main pillar for the future, in the decision-making process and preparing them to lead the future of the UAE, by developing new proposals aimed at To developing the next stage of the country’s comprehensive development process.
She added that the UAE government aims to develop a spirit of national responsibility among 50,000 students with the importance of participating in shaping the future of the country, by creating an incubating environment for qualitative ideas and initiatives within a series of interactive workshops that work to refine their personalities, build their capabilities and leadership skills, and realize their aspirations, expectations and vision to become Influencers and actors in various fields.
For his part, Minister of Education Hussain bin Ibrahim Al Hammadi stressed that the design project for the next 50 years, launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, stems from a deep vision that stresses the importance of working with a team spirit and involving individuals Society in shaping the features of the state’s sectors, foremost of which is education, in pursuit of a sustainable national renaissance.
Al Hammadi explained that this project is integrated in terms of its aspects, objectives and work mechanisms, pointing out that the 50 x 50 initiative will constitute an important entry point for students of public and private schools to interact with the nation’s issues to overcome challenges and continuous development, and this initiative is also an important tool for crystallizing a modern vision that serves the state’s agenda. He pointed out that it is a set of digital workshops aimed at taking students’ opinions, ideas, visions and aspirations on vital topics that will be put on the table for discussion and dialogue, in order to arrive at the best development formula.
The Minister of State for Public Education Affairs, Jamila bint Salem Al Muhairi, affirmed that the UAE is proceeding rapidly in anticipating the future, and it is putting in place the enablers, tools and material and human resources, to reach the UAE Centennial goals 2071, and the design project for the next 50 years is a preemptive step that puts us on the right path, which is a project Emphasizes the importance of community engagement through brainstorming that invests in the ideas of its components.
Al-Muhairi said that previous experiences confirmed that the student segment possesses exceptional thinking, great ambition and a confident outlook for the future, hence the importance of the 50 x 50 digital workshops initiative, which relies on integrating the building blocks of the Emirati school in forming a sustainable educational vision, and achieving the state’s own agenda in the sector. Education.
She indicated that students are the most capable of knowing, documenting and applying future needs on their own, because they are the ones who create the future and draw the best scenarios for it, so the process of integrating them into educational decision-making is an important and pioneering step with which the ceiling of expectations and positive results rise, and the challenges and obstacles diminish as a result.
The Assistant Undersecretary for the Care and Activities Sector at the Ministry of Education, Dr. Amna Al-Dahak Al-Shamsi, said that today, thanks to the directives and support of the wise leadership, we have the initiative and continuity in the development and anticipation of future dimensions in the education sector, and through the design project for the next 50 years, we will reap many educational gains. Because this project, launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, responds to the challenges and bets on the ability of state institutions in cooperation with community members and their concerted efforts in devoting the best plans and strategies that contribute to bringing about the required change.
Al Shamsi considered that the 50 x 50 workshops initiative is a very important tool that puts our students in the field of creative thinking, positive criticism, and active participation from their point of view and the progress and leadership they aspire to, in order to enhance the frameworks that advance our educational system, as youth are always the main engine of change, development and their ambition. What drives them to that.
She said that the UAE provides a wide space for its students to actively participate in drawing up future plans for the country, believing in their capabilities and pivotal role, as they have repeatedly demonstrated their ability to think creatively and exceptionally, which is what the state is keen to have a fingerprint in designing the future for the next fifty years.
She added that we are in the homeland of the impossible, and it is a singular that has been imbibed by generations, in order for them to drive achievement, challenge and invest in available opportunities, and thus it constitutes an engine and accelerator to achieve the state’s vision in preparation for the next fifty years through the youth’s confidence in their ability to make addition and change.
The National Team for the Preparedness for the Fifty-Fifth Plan worked on conducting a set of studies and discussions with stakeholders and community members to define a set of themes that should be addressed and used in the interactive workshops initiative X5050, which is held with a wide participation of school students to come up with innovative ideas that contribute to the development of the state’s development plan for the fifty The next year, within four axes: “future lifestyle”, “sustainability and the future of the environment”, “the future of Emirati values” and “jobs and future talents”.
The topic “Future Lifestyle” deals with the future lifestyle and the challenges of new methods that rely heavily on modern technology with the increasing popularity of sports and electronic games by the new and upcoming generation, which will reduce interest in physical sports, which affects the mental and physical health of the new generation. The possibility of combining electronic and physical sports with the opportunities and solutions available to provide an environment that stimulates the sustainability of a healthy and balanced lifestyle.
Within the theme of “Sustainability and the Future of the Environment”, the participants focus on the rapid global changes, the increasing need for energy, and the great challenges as a result of the many pressures on natural resources in light of current consumption methods, and the opportunities available to diversify energy sources and innovative solutions to reduce waste and stimulate positive consumption of community members to preserve the environment.
Within the “Future of Emirati Values” axis, the participants will also discuss the new life and societal patterns that may appear in the future and affect the Emirati values system as a result of the increasing size of the technological impact on daily life. They also discuss the impact of the emergence of digital societies and openness to different cultures and how to preserve the values of the Emirati society. And adaptation to the rapid changes and the possibility of benefiting from technology and artificial intelligence in developing effective solutions to these challenges.
In the topic “Jobs and Future Talents”, students discuss global changes in various sectors, technological development that will affect and change jobs, new educational models based on the principle of lifelong learning, and the most prominent challenges that students may face in developing their talents in the future in light of educational methods. The traditional, talent-based jobs of the future, and the ability to design talent-based educational models to serve future jobs.
The design project for the next 50 years for the UAE includes many interactive initiatives between government agencies, the private sector and individuals from the community, to work in a participatory manner on proposing ideas and perceptions and drawing features of the future in all sectors and fields, through a set of activities and events that the Supreme Committee for the Year of Preparedness for the Fifty-Year is supervising On it such as panel discussions, workshops and design sessions.
A set of vital and important topics were chosen that could be used in designing ideas and proposals to come up with innovative concepts that contribute to the development of the comprehensive development plan for the next fifty years, namely, education and skills building, the future of electronic sports, innovations and medical research, unemployment, the gap between disciplines, the requirements of the labor market, and production. Creative and digital cultural, cultural, creative, artistic and literary talents, security and safety, value heritage and national identity, maintaining family and community stability, societal and competitive sports, and preparedness for emergencies, crises and epidemics.
Topics also include the fields of economics and entrepreneurship, the digital economy, renewable energy, economic and social empowerment of families, industry and manufacturing, tourism, the communications sector, community cohesion, environmental sustainability, food security, food safety and healthy lifestyles, public and psychological health for young people, public health and medicine. Preventive, telemedicine, future skills, tolerance and coexistence, and cities and urban planning.
The participatory approach between the government and society is a pivotal element in the preparation of the Fifty-Year Plan, and aims to achieve “enrichment with ideas” by surveying the opinions and ideas of various groups of society, and then identifying the challenges they face in various fields. This partnership also aims to expand knowledge with the help of society. In order to contribute to meeting societal expectations from the comprehensive plan to prepare for the next fifty years.
It is worth noting that His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, declared last December 2020 the “year of preparation for the fifty” Their Highnesses directed the formation of two committees affiliated with the Council of Ministers, the “Fifty Preparedness Committee” headed by His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, and a committee to oversee the celebration of the UAE’s Golden Jubilee, headed by His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. As part of the largest national strategy to enhance the country’s reputation and advanced position on all global competitiveness indicators.
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