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Ora incorporates Year of Zayed values into everyday learning

3 Oct |07 : 27


“Future generations will be living in a world that is very different from that to which we are accustomed. It is essential that we prepare ourselves and our children for that new world.”
His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan, Founding Father of the UAE

In his book, Reflections on Happiness & Positivity, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, wrote: “Being a positive role model means believing in your ideas and being the first to apply them before asking others to do so. Being a positive role model is fundamental to the success of every leader, and it is the fastest, most powerful way to teach others, because people do not hear your words as deeply as they feel your actions.???

Sheikh Mohammed’s words epitomise the leadership style of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan – the Founding Father of the UAE – and we hope to carry them through into our Zayed Early-Learning Framework, named after the UAE president.

With 2018 marking 100 years since the birth of Sheikh Zayed – who passed away in 2004 – His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates, officially declared this year the Year of Zayed. To honour the UAE’s Founding Father, Ora established its Zayed Early-Learning Framework in the hopes of motivating young people to understand the UAE president’s visionary values and principles, not just in 2018 but in the future too.

In keeping with Sheikh Zayed’s beliefs, the Year of Zayed involves people of all ages, nationalities, faiths and backgrounds, in the UAE and internationally. Through Ora’s Zayed Early-Learning Framework, educators hope to nurture cross-cultural collaboration and community-driven leadership too. By teaching the importance and value of participation – an essential leadership trait – educators hope to encourage children to focus on equality and inclusion, respecting their peers who come from all over the world. Believing that it’s vital that young people learn from both educators and peers of all ages – developing the skills they need to work as a team – Ora’s project-based learning styles hope to ensure that children are guiding their learning, with adults acting as role models.

According to the Year of Zayed’s official website (, this commemorative year will focus on four key values, namely wisdom, respect, sustainability and human development.

Wisdom – Sheikh Zayed not only imagined a better future for his people, but he also had the wisdom and determination to make that ambitious vision a reality against all odds. As the UAE’s President, he made many wise decisions that would support the country’s social development, economic strength and national security well into the future.

Respect – Throughout his life, Sheikh Zayed treated people with the utmost respect, regardless of nationality, gender, status or religion. As the UAE’s President, he created the vibrant, diverse and cosmopolitan society that the UAE is home to today.

Sustainability – Sheikh Zayed’s lifelong commitment to sustainability became a hallmark of his Presidency, and it continues to shape the UAE’s positive and constructive approach to meeting the world’s greatest environmental challenges.

Human development – Sheikh Zayed believed that investing in people’s welfare, knowledge and capabilities would produce the greatest dividends for individuals, families and society.

Sheikh Zayed’s inspiring values are fundamental to Ora’s philosophy and learning framework, not just in 2018 but moving forward. Our educators hope to pay tribute to the UAE’s great leader by ensuring his legacy and values live on in today’s children. We want to encourage young people to embrace Sheikh Zayed’s pioneering ideas and incorporate them into their visions for a brighter and more sustainable future. We hope that by offering our children the freedom and respect they need in their formative years, they will be able to develop into independent thinkers who will inspire and lead the communities of tomorrow in the same way Sheikh Zayed did during his presidency.