Abu Dhabi: The UAE Cyber Security Council, in collaboration with Core42 and KPMG, is set to launch Cyber Defense Day. It is an innovative educational initiative designed to equip young people with cybersecurity preparedness.
The event will be held on November 16, 2023, with the collaboration of strategic partners the Education and Human Resources Council, Ministry of Education, Emirates Schools Establishment, Department of Education and Knowledge, Sharjah Private Education Authority, and the participation of Dubai private schools.
It will bring together over 120,000 grade 5-8 students as they attempt to establish a nationwide campaign through a custom-designed ‘Minecraft Education’ game, which will teach them to safeguard against cyber-attacks. The initiative has already secured the participation of over 520 school champions (teachers), who will collaborate on coordinating within each school.
Dr. Mohamad Al Kuwaiti, Head of the UAE Cyber Security Council, said that, “Empowering students against the risks and dangers of cyber-attacks is a vital step to ensure the safety of our citizens. We are delighted to have schools across the UAE join us in this crucial initiative to build cyber resilience at the grassroots level.”
Teachers will play a pivotal role in guiding students through the Cyber Defense Day initiative. A champion network of teachers has been selected from each school to receive comprehensive materials to facilitate classroom discussions, share cyber safety activities, and assist students in navigating the educational challenges within Minecraft.
In addition, teachers will also facilitate access to the Minecraft Education game and offer thought-provoking cyber safety discussion starters. On completion, students will receive cybersecurity certificates to acknowledge their participation and contribution to setting a nationwide record.