Abu Dhabi: The Minister of Education made unexpected visits to several schools in Sharjah and Dubai following a campaign on "School Cleanliness" undertaken in collaboration with educational institutions in the country.

Staff, administrators and teachers in the UAE will start the new academic year on August 26, in preparation for the arrival of students.

Dr Hanif Hassan, the Minister of Education, visited various school premises to ensure the maintenance and cleanliness of classrooms, laboratories and gymnasiums, especially during the holidays.

A "UAE Schools Cleanliness Campaign" was announced, whereby all academic staff were asked to contribute.


Dr Hassan stressed the importance of leadership skills among teachers who should be role models and maintain hygienic academic surroundings for students.

He added that the strategy of the Ministry of Education, which was announced last week, should follow the strategic vision of the federal government as supported by President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. Dr Hassan visited the buildings of seven different schools to check the progress of maintenance work at these schools.

The schools included Madam High School for boys, Al Sahwa for girls, Nazwa for boys, Al Waha secondary for girls, Al Edrisi for Basic Education, and Aweer for Basic Education in Madam, Nazwa and Aweer.

He also visited the ladies club in Madam where he was introduced to the various activities of the club.