Curriculum

MORAL EDUCATION

The Moral Education Program (MEP) covers four pillars of teaching and learning: character and morality; the individual and the community; civic studies; and cultural studies. The program blends academic content with an exploration of character and ethics. It has been designed as a progressive series of units to be taught over twelve years of schooling from grade 1 to grade 12.

The foundation of the program commencing in grade 1, introduces students to the concepts of fairness, caring, and honesty, family and friendship as well as heritage. Continuing through to grade 4, students are taught interlinking units from the character and morality, individual and community and cultural studies pillars.

  • Fairness, affection
  • Caring; honesty
  • Tolerance; respect for difference
  • Resilience; perseverance

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  • Equality; appreciation
  • Thoughtfulness; co-operation
  • Peace; responsibility
  • Hard work, perseverance and grit
  • Cognitive and emotional empathy
  • Moral character; virtue ethics
  • Respect and tolerance in a diverse society
  • Individual moral responsibilities, duties and obligations
  • Human needs
  • Morality in the context of communities
  • Introduction to global ethics
  • Ethics and the global economy
  • Peace and conflict studies

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  • Settlement, family and kinship in the UAE
  • How the UAE grew into the diverse, inclusive society it is today

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  • Trade, travel and communications: UAE in an increasingly globalized and inter-connected world: cultural exchange
  • Growth of consultative governance in the UAE
  • Governments, authority and the judiciary system in the UAE
  • Being an active citizen
  • Being a responsible adult (part 1 and 2)
  • Global citizenship
  • Developing a global outlook

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  • Discovering UAE heritage through story telling
  • Intangible heritage
  • What objects and symbols can tell us

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  • What objects and symbols can tell us: similarities and differences
  • Understanding UAE culture (basic and advanced)
  • Trade, travel and communication’s influence on culture
  • What should be preserved and how
  • Inter-cultural relationships
  • Universal culture

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  • Me and my family
  • Friendship
  • Self-identity and working with others
  • Being healthy and staying well

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  • ME and my world
  • Being brave and staying safe
  • Growing up and well being
  • Helping and making a difference
  • Taking responsibility for self and others
  • Ethics in sport; leisure
  • Physical health and diet
  • Mental health
  • Making good decisions
  • Digital challenge
  • Valuing diversity
  • Dealing with conflict
  • Financial awareness
  • Living a moderate life
  • Reflection and transition

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PEDAGOGY

Moral Education was carefully designed by a cross-disciplinary team of social and education experts from across the world and the UAE. The core principles and values at the foundation of the curriculum are universal and were formulated with students of all nationalities, ethnicities and backgrounds in mind.

Moral Education is progressive; designed to deliver meaningful lessons to all age groups. It encourages students to build on their own learning and experiences over the course of their schooling in the UAE.

Adopting a truly innovative approach to teaching methodology, the moral education’s curriculum encourages teachers to engage students using a variety of tools and techniques suited to their ages.

These extend beyond textbooks and classroom teaching, providing students with an engaging educational experience that includes informal learning methods such as field trips and community outreach initiatives. Extensive efforts are underway to train teachers and administrators across the UAE, to ensure that teaching methods are impactful and consistent.

The program, which will be delivered to students in both public and private schools, will capitalize on a holistic school environment that actively engages parents through collaboration with teachers and schools.

Curriculum

Moral Education at home

Family, parents, siblings and grandparents will be actively involved in the school community and will be aware of the child’s school life. The Moral Education curriculum will engage parents and encourage them to actively take part in it with their children.

Holistic school environment

The Moral Education environment at school is a framework comprising the school administration, the Moral curriculum, teachers, extra-curricular activities, field trips, lectures, community service initiatives as well as other activities.

Wider community

Within the context of the wider community, Moral Education ensures that students are not isolated in their schools, but rather actively take part in community outreach and service through volunteering initiatives.

Additionally, the wider community is aware of the material of Moral Education and takes part in the dialogue around it.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)

Moral Education is an innovative, engaging curriculum designed to develop young people of all nationalities and ages in the UAE with universal principles and values, that reflect the shared experiences of humanity.

It promotes character building to develop the next generation of role models and leaders, who contribute positively to the long-term health and well-being of society and the wide world.

The importance of Moral Education lies in the crucial role it will play in building character, instilling ethical outlook, fostering the community and endearing culture. It achieves this by:

  • Build character traits that include resilience, perseverance, work ethic, critical thinking and discipline.
  • Prepare students with the skills they need for adult life. Skills include: financial literacy, awareness of addiction, mental and physical well-being and digital literacy.
  • Teaching students the practical and ethical values that are represented in the ethos of the course, which include tolerance, honesty, dignity, respect, and humility.
  • Encouraging and enabling students to become engaged members of their community.
  • Teaching students about culture, both of the UAE and of the wider world, and enabling them to value the wealth of culture available across the world.

Moral Education covers four pillars –  character and morality; the individual and the community; civic studies; and cultural studies and blends academic content with an exploration of character and ethics. It has been designed as a progressive series of units to be taught over twelve eleven years of schooling from Grade 1 to Grade 12.

The Moral Education Program (MEP) covers four pillars of teaching and learning: character and morality; the individual and the community; civic studies; and cultural studies. The program blends academic content with an exploration of character and ethics. It has been designed as a progressive series of units to be taught over twelve years of schooling from grade 1 to grade 12.

The foundation of the program commencing in grade 1, introduces students to the concepts of fairness, caring and honesty, family and friendship as well as heritage. Continuing through to grade 4, students are taught interlinking units from the character and morality, individual and community and cultural studies pillars.

Units from the civic studies pillar are introduced in grade 5 and continue through to grade 11. While cultural studies units are paused from grade 5 to grade 8, before being reintroduced from grade 9 through to grade 11.

Moral Education invites parents and guardians to play an active role in their children’s development throughout the course of the program. A general guide of home activities designed to complement students’ classroom learning, broken by pillar and subject unit, can be found here

Starting September 2017, the program will be taught from grade 1 to grade 9. Subjects allocated from grade 10 to grade 12, may commence from 2018 onwards.

This will vary from school to school depending on the regulator

Moral Education curriculum can be taught in Arabic, English, a combination of both or any other language, however, the resources are only available in Arabic and English.

An assessment framework is still being developed, however no formal assessment or reporting is required in the first year (2017-2018) of implementation.  More information will be provided by the regulators.

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