The Nahda attributed a new role for education in the process of development and modernization. New methods of teaching and learning that encourage critical inquiry and thought were viewed by proponents of the Nahda as a prerequisite for change and reform. These new methods would produce individuals and elites who are capable of identifying solutions to the challenges faced by Arab societies. An education system that promotes critical thinking and intellectual freedom would be conducive for critical engagement and constructive debate among society.
ARDD will build on the insights of the Nahda by supporting debates on systems that promote education for all. It will monitor relevant developments and encourage collaboration among those who promote new ways of teaching and learning with the aim to foster and spread critical thinking.