Abu Dhabi: A three-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the Ministry of Education (MoE) and the Emirates Foundation (EF) to help boost the participation and enthusiasm of UAE national students in taking part in the development and progress of the UAE.

The memorandum states that the ministry will be participating in future EF conferences, seminars, workshops and training courses while the EF's role will be to cooperate with education zones, and public school administrators; as well as take part in voluntary programmes, mobile science labs, parent affairs, curriculum development, schools renovations, educational resources, public schools libraries, special needs services and technological and electronic programs.

Some of the MoE's responsibilities in the agreement will also include providing students with data and statistics to support new ideas and projects; preparing orientation sessions in education zones and schools and promoting modern trends among public schools in technology; sciences; arts and culture; social volunteering; social and environmental development; research and development.

The agreement was signed yesterday at the EF by Dr Hanif Hassan, Minister of Education, and Ahmad Ali Al Sayegh, Member-Board of Directors in the Emirates Foundation, based on societal thoughts and a vision of General Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.