By Maya Hariz
According to MEA’s official website, the moral education program is an innovative, engaging curriculum designed to develop young people of all nationalities and ages in the UAE with universal principles and values that reflect the shared experiences of humanity.
Students will receive 45 minutes of moral education a week.
The MEA program consists of four pillars; Character & Morality, Individual & Community, Civic Studies and Cultural Studies. These are all objectives that Moral Education aims to achieve. To build character in students, instill an ethical outlook, foster community and to endear culture.
During grade 12’s Moral Educational program, they start by learning how to manage real-world finances. They should be able to demonstrate ways of being smart consumers, being able to evaluate the different forms of borrowing and lending, and able to display an understanding of financial systems and the role of governments in regulating these systems and many more concerning real-world finance.
The second unit the pupils will learn is ethics in real life; at the end of this unit, students should be able to define and discuss the reasons for corrupt, unethical activities, know how to behave in a moral and a non-corrupt way, and know right from wrong.
Unit three is about living a moral life. They should be able to review and evaluate their core values, key character traits, and behaviors. They should be able to use problem-solving tools to support decision-making, examine how they can develop their values, key character traits, and behaviors through critical reflection.
Unit four is morality in practice. They should be able to complete an individual project, able to demonstrate a critical understanding of the key ethical concepts and considerations related to their chosen topic, and the students should be able to demonstrate awareness and application of strategies to ensure safety on the internet.
Based on a poll on the Class of 2019 Facebook group, the majority of surveyed students with 31 votes said that MEA would be useful/helpful for life after graduation. 23 students voted that MEA would not be useful for their life after graduation, and 5 students were not sure if MEA would help them in the future.
In conclusion, there are some essential life lessons students should know before entering university or wherever the future takes them. A large part of the Class of 2019 believes that MEA will be able to help them. This is the first year that seniors are required to take this course, so it will be interesting to see how it goes!