Sheikh Khalifa's 18 years as UAE's health and education minister revolutionised the sector

Sheikh Khalifa's 18 years as UAE's health and education minister revolutionised the sector

"While people are proud of their accomplishments, we are proud of being Sheikh Zayed's children, and while people talk about their history, we talk about the history of giving that began with the formation of the UAE," Sheikh Khalifa said, encapsulating the nation's approach from its inception to its current phase of empowerment.

Sheikh Khalifa came to power on November 4, 2004, and aided the country's transition from foundation to empowerment until his demise.

Despite its small size and population, the UAE topped international competitiveness ratings and became the Arab region's second-largest economy in this short time.

Furthermore, the UAE was the first Arab country to reach Mars and is one of the few countries with major space achievements.

The UAE's accomplishments during this period of empowerment are seen in the lives of its citizens and business community.

Sheikh Khalifa released the UAE government's first strategic plan after entering power, with the goal of achieving balanced and sustainable development while also ensuring the well-being of UAE citizens.

UAE government has prioritised health care and boosted public investment, which has reached 7% of the federal budget at times.

Spending on the sector in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020 was Dh3.83 billion, Dh4.2 billion, Dh4.5 billion, Dh4.4 billion, and Dh4.84 billion, respectively.

When the sector was hit by the coronavirus epidemic, the UAE Proactive Response Programme proved effective, exhibiting a high degree of efficiency backed up by a large number of well-equipped public and private facilities.

The UAE's spending on health and education underlines the leadership's view in the importance of these two areas in attaining sustainable development, accounting for between 20% and 22% of the government budget from 2016 to 2020, respectively.

The national education sector received Dh10.41 billion, Dh10.46 billion, Dh10.40 billion, Dh10.2 billion, and Dh6.536 billion in the federal budget for 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020, respectively.

The UAE's educational policy built a system focused on 21st-century capabilities. Its goal is to deliver higher education on par with the greatest universities in the world.

The Mohammed bin Rashid Smart Learning Initiative, which was introduced in 2012 and included all schools in the country, was an ideal model for creating an instructional atmosphere in schools with smart classes.

The national education policy intends to promote scientific research, encourage students to pursue higher education, accomplish innovation, and support smart education.

Following that, the National Strategy for Higher Education 2030 emphasised the need of developing students' scientific and technological skills in order to assist economic growth.

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