The majority of UAE public schools use the Ministry of Education curriculum and offer lessons primarily in Arabic. Students from a variety of nationalities are said to have been awarded scholarships in schools across the country.
Hayyakum has a two-fold purpose. First, to relieve the financial pressure of tuition fees for frontline healthcare professionals, but the scheme is also designed to ensure that the UAE is able to retain these vital workers, long term.
The scholarships have begun this academic year and will run until the year of the student’s graduation. Applications for the scholarships must be made by 30th September 2020. The scholarships cover not only tuition fees, but also the cost of laptops and transportation.
Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Board of the Frontline Heroes Office, said in a statement sent to the media:
“Our frontline professionals are the true heroes of the UAE and we thank them from the bottom of our hearts. Their selfless service to their communities has helped us to get through this difficult time and they are a shining example of the true values and culture of the UAE”.
The term ‘Frontline professionals’ includes medical and non-medical staff working in the health sector, such as doctors, nurses, pharmacists, cleaning and services personnel, as well as protection and prevention workers, security and emergency workers, and sanitization workers.
We understand that the partnership with the Ministry of Education is the first to be announced in conjunction with the Frontline Heroes Office. The Frontline Heroes Office has a brief of creating partnerships with government entities, the private sector and the wider community across the UAE in order to develop initiatives and special programmes that directly support frontline heroes.
Whilst we are not aware of any private school having followed suit, this commendable initiative surely now begs the question as to whether private schools will offer similar Frontline Worker scholarships. To do so would be an act of incredible community spirit. We will watch this story evolve with interest!