This chapter includes the following articles.
With regular activities severely disrupted in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, schools in Sharjah had to shift quickly to online learning and integrate new health protocols when in-person instruction resumed. Rapid adoption helped the emirate maintain its position as a regional centre for education. Hospitals and clinics, meanwhile, devoted substantial resources to testing and care to fight the novel coronavirus. Priorities established before the pandemic, as well as lessons learned in 2020, are now shaping the education and health sectors in 2021. One of the primary short-term goals of the Sharjah authorities is to manage the pandemic, and ensure education and health services continue with minimal disruption.
This chapter contains interviews with Muhadditha Al Hashimi, Chairperson, Sharjah Private Education Authority; and Abdulla Ali Al Mahyan, Chairman, Sharjah Health Authority.