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Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, announced plans to establish eight new nurseries in four different locations in the emirate, including three in Sharjah, two in Kalba, two in Khorfakkan, and one in Dibba Al Hisn.

Furthermore, the ruler also announced the expansion of existing nurseries in the central region. Currently, there are 11 nurseries inside schools that will be replaced with central kitchens to provide nutritious meals for the children in the nurseries.

Mohammed Hassan Khalaf, Director General of the Sharjah Broadcasting Authority, spoke with the Ruler of Sharjah on a phone call Monday over the "Direct Line" program aired on Sharjah Radio and Television, where this announcement was made.

Al Qasimi noted that Sharjah celebrated the graduation of 535 teachers at the second commencement ceremony of the Sharjah Education Academy who completed postgraduate diploma programs in education in both Arabic and English, Masters in Teacher Leadership in English, and specialized certificate programs.

He revealed that all graduates received their degrees from the University of Helsinki in Finland.

"Some of them pursued their studies while working at the Ministry of Education, while others wanted to become teachers. Each year, we welcome a new cohort with the aim of advancing the teaching profession," he said, according to WAM.

The ruler emphasized that the goal is not just to benefit Sharjah but also the entire United Arab Emirates, adding that the focus "is on elevating the standard of teaching in the UAE. We urge the Ministry of Education to assess teachers based on their knowledge and teaching methods before hiring them."

Al Qasimi said that government nurseries in Sharjah are very affordable, costing just AED 800 per month for high-quality services. There are currently over 33 nurseries in the emirate, but the demand is increasing.

He shared that the emirate has built one nursery that meets all standards in Kalba and reopened school nurseries that had closed. However, these reopened nurseries can only accommodate 33 children each, while the new ones we've built can take up to 155 children.

The Sharjah ruler noted that the emirate is planning to build two more nurseries in Kalba, which should be ready in about 10 months, urging people living in Kalba to enroll their kids.