As schools gear up for summer, new survey reveals artificial intelligence and virtual reality are set to be technologies largely influencing your child’s future

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  • Inaugural UAE Future of Learning 2022 survey by Citizens School Dubai highlights parent views and opinions on education
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Virtual Reality (VR) identified as technologies that will have the biggest impact on a child’s future
  • Resilience, inclusivity, and entrepreneurship are key skills parents wish their children obtained from education today
  • Citizens School set to open in the metaverse later this summer, becoming the first school in the region to do so

Dubai, United Arab Emirates: As children across the UAE get set to finish the academic year this week, UAE parents have highlighted how the learning experience has evolved, identifying opportunities for schools to better develop children for the future.

In new research by Citizens School Dubai, the UAE Future of Learning 2022 survey found that 69% of parents in the UAE believe that artificial intelligence and virtual reality will have the largest impact on their children’s future, followed by cryptocurrency and the metaverse (54%).

The survey also found that key skills such as resilience (51%), inclusivity (49%) and entrepreneurship (43%), rank lowest in the skills children are gaining from education today.

“Our research shows that there’s clearly a need for education to adapt and evolve by better equipping children with the skills they will need to thrive in an uncertain future.  Citizens School is on a mission to find a better way, re-imagining the traditional, challenging the conventional by giving children choices to explore themes, expand interests and discover new technologies to determine the routes that they want to go on to reach their full potential”, said Dr. Adil Al Zarooni, Founder, Citizens School, Dubai.

“Fundamental to this is actively encouraging and promoting behaviours and qualities like resilience, inclusivity and entrepreneurship, which we know are important to a successful career and life progression. We are proud to play our part in reimagining education as technologies like blockchain, cryptocurrency and AR are already gaining huge uptake and will be the driving force behind economies in the future”, continued Dr. Adil.

The Citizens schooling experience centers around futureproofing students by equipping them with a rich, connected bank of knowledge and skills relevant for the 21st century, through its custom-built curriculum – Citizens Tapestry. Citizens Tapestry is a curriculum based on UK National Curriculum and enriched with six key threads – Mindset; Entrepreneurship; Health & Wellbeing; Sustainability; Global Leadership; and Digital Literacy – forming part of its comprehensive and holistic education system.

Earlier this year, Citizens School became the first school in the region to accept cryptocurrency, and is set to become the first school to operate in the metaverse when it formally launches its presence later this year.

“We believe empowering our students with the right choices is vital to enable them to emerge successful in the rapidly evolving world they are growing up in. Technologies like AR and VR need to be embraced in today’s education environment, allowing both children and parents to engage in open discussion about how these technologies will evolve and influence the future,” added Hisham Hodroge, Chief Executive Officer, Citizens School, Dubai.

About Citizens

Citizens is a visionary new school in Dubai, designed and developed by Al Zarooni Emirates Investments. At its core, Citizens focuses on each child’s unique requirements, empowering them with choices to explore themes, expand interests, and determine the routes that they want to go on to reach their full potential, without compromise.

Influenced by some of the world’s leading cognitive scientists and researchers on education, motivation and mindsets, Citizens’ custom-built curriculum is tailored for each child’s unique strengths and approach to learning, with the UK National Curriculum as its framework. The 43,000-square-meter school campus has capacity for 2,600 children between the ages of three and 18 and features almost 3,000 square meters of open playing space. This includes a multi-purpose performing arts and activity hall, a six-lane swimming pool, and football and rugby pitches adhering to FIFA and World Rugby standards.