DUBAI, 28th February, 2018 (WAM) — The First Annual Education Conference was launched on Wednesday at Zayed University Dubai Campus in the presence of Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi, President of Zayed University, Hussain bin Ibrahim Al Hammadi, Minister of Education, and Jameela bint Salem Al Muhairi, Minister of State for Public Education.
The two-day conference aims to serve as a platform for practitioners, administrators and academics in the field of education to share, collaborate and explore innovative approaches to creating successful teaching and learning environments for students.
Themed “Zayed’s Legacy: Igniting Minds for a Better Tomorrow,” the event was organised by the College of Education at Zayed University, in collaboration with the Arab Thought Foundation and the King Abdul-Aziz City for Science and Technology.
Calling the event an initial step towards further annual similar conferences that aim to bolster education in the UAE and the region, Al Hammadi said, “Teachers are the focus today. They are an essential part of our nation’s development. It is necessary to connect with higher education bodies, Zayed University an example, to shape fundamentals passed onwards to school teachers, highlighting major requirements during the student’s stage prior to university enrolment.”
Al Hammadi mentioned the recently launched educational system, which calls upon all government and private schools to follow a unified curriculum, the “Emirati School Model” with the aim of improving standards and producing better results.
Prof. Henri Awit, Director-General of the Arab Thought Foundation, said, “The Foundation’s participation in this conference aims at honouring the founder of the UAE, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, on the warm and hospitable land of Dubai and at the university that bears his name and is proud to be entrusted with his legacy.
“Various educational projects had been launched to advance the educational reform to aid the modernisation process, notably the ‘Arabi21’ contribution. The project targets the development of the Arabic language learning process and tackles 21st-century language challenges.”
Dr. Karima Matar Al Mazrouei, Acting Executive Director of the School Education Sector at Abu Dhabi Education Council, highlighted a number of facts and figures related to the nation’s education sector based on intensive research findings. She indicated the need to employ qualified teachers in the UAE to improve the students’ learning capabilities and outcomes.
Dr. Rana Tamim, Dean of the College of Education – Zayed University, said, “We gather here to celebrate the power of education that ignites the minds of youth and gives them a better future.
“Quality education is an international primary objective in today’s fast-paced changing world. It is a critical factor in closing the skills gap, reducing risks and determining a child’s future outcomes. Education is an essential vehicle to promote a tolerant, happy and a socially responsible society, therefore, the UAE forefronts educational development on its national agenda.”
Dr. Hanada Taha, Endowed Professor of Arabic Language at Zayed University and Director of Arabi21 Project, part of Arab Thought Foundation, said, “The project has created an award for Arab children literature under the title ‘My Book,’ in order to motivate all concerned parties to produce children’s book in high-quality standards in terms of writing, drawing, directing and publishing. Kitabi Award is the only Arab award that depends on children’s vote, they choose the stories they liked and vote for the winner.”