DUBAI: An unprecedented surge in public expenditure on education reforms throughout the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) will continue in 2013, as spending takes bigger share of government spending.
According to the latest data from the World Bank, public expenditure on education in the region stands at 18.6 per cent of total government spending compared to the world average of 14.2 per cent.
In the UAE, one of the more significant investments made by the government went towards launching the Smart Learning Initiative - part of the UAE’s Vision 2021 - which will help shape a new learning environment in public schools in the Emirates, through the launch of ‘smart classes’ that will provide every student with an electronic tablet and access to high speed 4G networks.
In support of this far-reaching initiative, the Gulf Educational Supplies and Solutions (GESS) and the Ministry of Education’s Global Education Forum have adopted the theme “Smart Learning and Technological Advances in Education”. The region’s leading educational exhibition is set to take place between March 5-7, 2013, at the Dubai World Trade Centre.