Why gardening is the future of education

Agriculture and sustainability are to form the roots of an upcoming national drive as the UAE’s education system takes on a new dimension.

The UAE Inculcation Initiative, launched by Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, chairwoman of the General Women’s Union, president of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood and supreme chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation, aims to build a sustainable educational environment alongside promoting moral values and skills development.

Established as part of the Year of Giving, the project, which will be overseen by the Ministry of Education, will target public schools across the country to create gardens to help students learn about horticulture, indigenous plant species and the marine environment.

With the goal of establishing relationships between students and building on the existing moral education framework, it is hoped that the initiative will teach students the values of responsibility, work, production and giving.

Commenting on the new project, Sheikha Fatima highlighted the importance of learning sustainability among the population’s youth: “The late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founder of the country, gave agriculture all his support and attention, as it is the source of food and the driver of the economy. It also represents overall environmental sustainability.

“This initiative reflects our wise leadership’s support for the growth of the most important area of life, agriculture, which the world relies on to provide food security and protect the environment.”

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