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Cultural connectivity, health musts in education: Emirati trailblazers
By Mariecar Jara-Puyod September 10, 2017
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DUBAI: Two trailblazing Emirati women have ranked the significance of health and the sensitivity to cultures as imperative and which must be emphasised in every education curriculum.

First Emirati female parkour athlete Amal Murad, who shared that her being sporty and athletic had been frowned upon by some, believes that aside from the arts, educators must be trained to instil in their students the value of living healthily.

She could not imagine how people could attain or achieve what they have been desiring, probably since their youth, if they were neglectful of their health.

Think out of the box

Emirates NBD senior executive vice president/Group chief general counsel Lubna Qassim also said that while educators must teach their students to think out of the box, a “module” must be incorporated on artificial intelligence because this is the need of the times.

Artificial intelligence is “the ability of a digital computer or computer-controlled robot to perform tasks commonly associated with intelligent being.

“It seems there is no idea of what artificial intelligence is,” she said.

Qassim, who has been involved in the formulation of economic legislations, and Murad, a motivational speaker, were the featured panellists at the “UAE Vision Dialogue” held in Dubai on Thursday to welcome the Class 2018 of the “e-7 Daughters of the Emirates Girls Summit.”

Discover leaders

The annual project held for the third year seeks to discover as well as develop 35 future women leaders through a training-mentorship programme, a collaboration of one of the leading banks in the region and the Promise of a Generation, “a platform for discussion and action” aimed at improving the world’s conditions.

On cultural sensitivity, Qassim used the term “connectivity.”

She said it is this cultural connectivity which will break down the impediments between and among peoples that have brought about divisiveness, fear, threats and arrogance—elements that have made the world unsafe.

Qassim believes an education curriculum that focuses on cultural sensitivity or connectivity results in adaptability, peace and global security.

She does not want to have her young children live in a troublesome world which is a far cry from the environment she grew up in.

“We need to be humble…We need to learn how to listen,” Qassim added, also pointing out during the open forum that entities which fail to recognise or build up their human resources will one day collapse.

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