On January 5, the United Arab Emirates Embassy in Washington, D.C., officially announced that Holocaust education would be a part of the curricula of the Gulf state.
The Holocaust will now be covered in the primary and secondary school curricula in the United Arab Emirates, according to a statement from the embassy.
The first Arab nation to include Holocaust teaching in its national curriculum is the United Arab Emirates.
After receiving an invitation from the UAE Education Minister Hussain bin Ibrahim Al Hammadi to meet with representatives in Abu Dhabi in March, Israeli NGO IMPACT-se, the Institute for Monitoring Peace and Cultural Tolerance in School Education, worked with the UAE Education Ministry to develop a curriculum framework.
According to IMPACT-se CEO Marcus Sheff, “The United Arab Emirates has been leading the way in the area for some years in education for peace and tolerance.”
“IMPACT-se is humbled to have cooperated with the Ministry of Education and thrilled that they have taken this significant step in learning about the Shoah.”
Memorializing the Holocaust victims is essential, according to Al Nuaimi, a member of the U.A.E. Federal National Council and the chairman of the council’s defense, interior, and foreign affairs committee.