‘Dream big and never stop learning’

In a speech, which was broadcast in classrooms across the country this morning, Sheikh Mohamed welcomed students and teachers to the start of what he hoped would be a successful academic year, reports Asian Lite Newsdesk

President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan has delivered an inspiring audio message to students as the new academic year begins in UAE schools.

In his speech, which was broadcast in classrooms across the country this morning, Sheikh Mohamed welcomed students and teachers to the start of what he hoped would be a successful academic year.

The President urged students to dream big and never stop learning, and reiterated the role of schools in nurturing young people’s ambitions.

He also gave a special mention to teachers and all those working in the education sector for the invaluable role they play in UAE society.

His Highness went on to explain that education does not only take place in school, but also requires the participation of families and the whole of society ‘to help us achieve our goals and ambitions.’ Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed ended his audio message by expressing his pride in the UAE’s students and in what they will achieve in the future.

Below is the full speech of President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan: “My children, Welcome back to the start of the new school year, and to all educators, teachers and workers in the education sector in the UAE. May it be a great start to a successful academic year.

My children, dreams and ambitions are an important part of life. Your schools will help you nurture your dreams; they are the place where you can imagine what your futures will look like. I urge you to dream big and to never stop learning.

I urge you to excel, be determined, set goals, realise your ambitions, and never stop trying. Invest your time in things that would benefit you, your families and your communities.

To my brothers and sisters, the teachers and educators, I thank you for all your efforts; for being unwavering in your commitment to delivering this noble message every day. You are invaluable to us and to our entire nation.

When we talk about education, we don’t only mean your time in school. Education is a great pursuit that can only be accomplished with the efforts of families and parents, alongside our society and our countries’ institutions, to help us achieve our goals and ambitions.

We are proud of you all. Proud of what you will become and what you will accomplish.

May God bless you all.”

‘Drive safely’

 National Ambulance confirmed it is prepared and ready to welcome the new school year by raising its alertness levels and increasing its presence on vital roads near school areas in the Northern Emirates.

In addition, the emergency prehospital care provider will be closely coordinating with its strategic service partners to ensure the highest levels of safety for all.

National Ambulance also called for adherence to health and safety guidelines, and urged motorists to drive safely and be patient, as well as adhering to the speed limits and being extra cautious in school zones, especially around children going in and out of cars and buses.

It also reminded people of the importance of planning their journey ahead and leaving home early to avoid expected traffic delays and the need to rush, which may result in traffic violations and accidents.

The National Ambulance recommended public safety tips to contribute to a safe return to schools and keeping everyone safe, such as reminding children to adhere to preventive measures and providing them with masks; planning ahead and leaving home early to avoid traffic delays; drive safely and adhering to the speed limit; adhering to the speed limit in school zones, always giving children the right-of-way, watching out for school buses and giving them the right-of-way; halting during the boarding/unloading of students; and avoiding double parking while ensuring children reach the school gate safely without having them walk between cars.

National Ambulance urged members of the public not to hesitate to call 998 to request the ambulance service in case of an emergency.

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