Objectives & Methods

"Educating and teaching people is in itself an enormous wealth which gives us pride, for Knowledge is wealth, and we strive to build a future on solid scientific foundations." - His Highness Late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Ruler of Abu Dhabi, the founding father and first President of the United Arab Emirates (1918 - 2004)

The AIDPS Education programme aims at introducing reforms to better position MENA public and private institutions to meet the evolving demands of an education system in the twenty-first century. These will lead to improved quality of learning for MENA students at schools, vocational institutes and universities.

The education reform strategy sets out a comprehensive, interrelated plan of action. Optimal benefits and sustainable impact will be achieved through this approach, which ensures that students are at the centre of the system, teachers are supported, schools are empowered and the whole education system is strengthened.


Teachers are single most important educational resource, central to the provision of quality education. Teacher professionalization career path policies will provide a framework for the institutions to support and motivate teachers as valued professionals to deliver the highest-quality education. These policies will encompass teacher recruitment and training, professional development and support, diversified and motivating career opportunities, professional accountability and quality assurance, and school empowerment.

Global research evidence shows that school leadership is a key factor in the quality of education a school provides. The programme builds on head teachers’ and principals’ existing knowledge of leading and managing people and strengthens competent and confident leadership through the acquisition of practical skills, tools and techniques to support effective, efficient and equitable education.

The philosophy of inclusive education is the underpinning of this reform. It lays out a set of actions and practices and teaching methods that teachers can employ with their students. Inclusive education does not only refer to students with special needs or to remedial education, but rather is an approach that aims to meet the learning, health and psychosocial needs of all students. Through the reform, teachers’ capacity will be strengthened to adopt strategies and approaches for learning that are inclusive of all students.