Ras Al Khaimah joins UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities
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Ras Al Khaimah joins UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities

Ras Al Khaimah joins UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities

The membership was awarded due to Ras Al Khaimah’s focus on improving emirate-wide education outcomes, expanding its use of modern technologies in the learning process and empowering communities

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Ras Al Khaimah joins UNESCO GNLC

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has announced Ras Al Khaimah as the latest addition to its Global Network of Learning Cities (GNLC).

The GNLC is a forum that encourages the sharing of ideas and learning solutions among members, promoting policy dialogue and peer learning that helps forge partnerships, and develop capacity and instruments to encourage the building of learning cities.

The membership was awarded due to Ras Al Khaimah’s dedication to its vision of improving emirate-wide education outcomes, expanding its use of modern technologies in the learning process and empowering communities and encouraging a culture of lifelong learning, while improving the overall quality and excellence of the education sector.

Dr Mohamed Abdullatif Khalifa, secretary general of Ras Al Khaimah’s Executive Council, said: “Ras Al Khaimah joining UNESCO’s Global Network of Learning Cities is a distinguished global achievement for the emirate. It is evidence of the policies we are implementing in the education sector, which are inclusive of all segments of society, no matter their stage of life, and are reflective of the wise leadership of the UAE; the insightful and ambitious vision of HH Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, UAE Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah; and the constant support of HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Saud Al Qasimi, Crown Prince of Ras Al Khaimah and Chairman of the Executive Council, in line with our country’s overall strategy and its global competitiveness priorities.”

Munther Mohammed bin Shakar Al Zaabi, director-general of Ras Al Khaimah Municipality, said: “Ras Al Khaimah joining the Global Network of Learning Cities highlights the emirate’s vision to constantly improve its education sector and instil a culture of lifelong learning. This translates into providing people with educational programmes that will enable them to achieve personally while also contributing to the overall success of Ras Al Khaimah.”

Ras Al Khaimah views education as a vital pillar in its pursuit of a bright future for the nation and the emirate, which is why it has developed high-quality educational institutions that abide by the highest international standards. Education is pivotal to Ras Al Khaimah’s Vision 2030 strategy, which focuses on ensuring an inclusive education system for all. The emirate is working to establish further programmes aimed at enhancing training and education across multiple disciplines.

Ras Al Khaimah’s admission to GNLC is the culmination of cooperation between the Ministry of Culture and Youth, through its National Commission for Education, Culture and Science, and the General Secretariat of Ras Al Khaimah’s Executive Council, with the latter coordinating with all relevant entities in the emirate to prepare a report and liaise with UNESCO on all the necessary joining requirements.

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