Philippine Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates Hjayceelyn M. Quintana received from Abrahamic Business Circle (ABC) a pledge of 10 full scholarship grants for deserving Filipino students in the UAE during a business conference the Circle hosted in Dubai on 27 May 2021. The initiative was announced after Ambassador Quintana delivered her keynote remarks at the conference on the topic “Shaping the Future of Education.”
Founded by Dr. Raphael Nagel, the Abrahamic Business Circle is an association of high-profile individuals across the globe who aim to further cooperation through tolerance and business relationships. The creation of the organization was inspired by the “Abraham Accord,” a historic agreement between the United Arab Emirates and Israel signed in September 2020 in Washington DC, USA.
In awarding the scholarships for online degree courses from business schools based in the UK and the US, Dr. Nagel expressed his belief in the talent, competence, and capabilities of Filipinos after having worked with them throughout his professional career. The Ambassador noted with appreciation the Circle’s generous commitment, expressing her desire to see education further empower future generations of Filipinos by capitalizing on their innate potential.
In her remarks, Ambassador Quintana spoke about the directions that education will take in the near future: a) the shift to technology-enabled distance learning, b) the heightened need for parental involvement in children’s learning process (particularly on imparting values), and c) the importance of instilling critical thinking to combat the rise of fake news and misinformation online. Amb. Quintana spoke on the Philippine experience and focused on the role of governments worldwide in giving impetus to the trends by providing infrastructure and enabling policies and by ensuring that even the most marginalized sectors will benefit from education to reduce inequality.