In Tech Era, Humans Are At the Core of Education: Minister

In the digital era, education might develop drastically but humans shall remain at the centre of the industry, especially to maintain ethics and values in one place in the changing world, a top UAE official stated during an education conference in the Capital.

Hussain Ebrahim Al Hammadi, Minister of Education, stated that change is imminent as the world is moving from an industrial era to an age of technology.

However, as one changes into the technological era, one needs to focus on the human part. Ethics and values are very crucial to safeguard the civil society from the improper use of information technology. Al Hammadi in his keynote speech at the education technology conference BETT, which started in Abu Dhabi on Monday made this statement.

BETT Middle East 2019 is being convened at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. It is having the theme “Building a Successful Change Culture to Meet the Evolving Needs of 21st-Century Citizens”.

The conference features two days of cooperation and discussions between educators and technologists, as they look forward to find new ways of catering students with future-ready skill sets.

Al Hammadi stated that technology and artificial intelligence (AI) is the way forward. Hence, it’s crucial to introduce these technological changes in schools. He also stated that the UAE is dedicated to provide students with the knowledge and skills they need for the 21st century and beyond. Sharing the same view, British Consul-General to Dubai and Northern Emirates Andrew Jackson stated areas of new technology and AI “really forms the heart of where the world is progressing to”.

Jackson stated that the UAE and the UK are working jointly in the incorporation of technology in all fields and in advocating future skills among students.