The UAE Ministry of Education and the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (FAIC) recently launched the second phase of the ‘Closer to You’ programme. The goal of the program is to add the biometric data of school students age 15 and older to FAIC’s population registration system.
The Directorate General of Identity and Passport Matters, in partnership with the Emirates Schools Education Foundation, facilitates the process through field visits to collect biometric data, thereby eliminating the need for students to visit ‘customer wellbeing centres’.
Parents are encouraged to enroll their children in the program through the mobile platforms available during field trips. FAIC Director General, Major General Saeed Saif Al Khaili, underscored the authorities’ commitment to comprehensive and integrated services, according to harrij times.
This comes after Phase 1 began in schools across the country during February and March of the 2022-2023 school year. The purpose of this phase is to simplify the process for parents to submit their children’s biometric data and to facilitate communication and interaction between government agencies and community members, the report said.
After the first phase of fieldwork, the program exceeded its goals, achieving 192 percent student biometric enrollment within the first month, collecting data from 1,923 students from 91 different schools across the country.
According to the Khaleej Times, the major general said that the development of the government service portfolio will play an active role in improving service quality and support in general Government’s Public Service Strategy 2021-2025.