UAE’s Educational Institutions Introduce Blockchain Technology in the Curriculum

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  • Many UAE-based schools have decided to implement blockchain into syllabuses.
  • Some schools have already adopted blockchain-based services.

The educational institutions in the UAE, have come up with a new initiative, introducing blockchain technology into the curriculum. As a fastest-growing global crypto destination, several schools in the country have decided to implement blockchain and other emerging technologies into syllabuses. 

The UAE’s schools’ recent move aims to inform the students regarding the future opportunities that are offered by the blockchain and crypto domains. 

UAE to Accelerate Blockchain Education

In recent days, many educational institutions in UAE have taken a move to include blockchain-based lessons in the syllabus which includes Metaverse and NFTs. Repton School Al Barsha, one of the leading institutions in the country has referred to blockchain as “the technology of the future” as part of the broader drive for digital safety. 

Gillian Hammond, principal at Repton Al Barsha, said in an interview: 

When they are exploring the metaverse, there are a lot of participants and we need to ensure our pupils are digital citizens and they know how to be safe online and understand the permanency of what they post online.

Hammond added: 

We’ve educated our pupils that things are not necessarily what they appear online, and that they must never share their names, pictures or location.

Meanwhile, Citizens School in Dubai claims to be the first in the Middle East to accept cryptocurrency payments for school fees. The school accepts Bitcoin and Ethereum as payment options. However, Mark Ryan, a primary year visual arts teacher at Raha International School in Abu Dhabi, said he had been teaching his students how to take the artwork and create NFTs since last year.

The UAE has consistently maintained a crypto-friendly attitude, and it continues to accelerate crypto adoption in every sector. Thus, the country’s new initiative to include blockchain-related education is not unexpected.

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