ABU DHABI, 1st July, 2018 (WAM) — The “lema?” programme, run by the Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge, ADEK, has received a positive response from teachers, who said that their students were enthusiastic about the programme.
More than 1,000 teachers took a survey throughout the academic year, all of whom said they were pleased with the appropriateness of the content, in line with their pupil’s age groups, with 85.59 percent confirming they were “very satisfied” and 14.31 percent saying they were “satisfied.”
The interactive shows and workshops were rated at 100 percent by teachers who felt that “lema?” added enthusiasm among students in learning Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, STEM.
The same level of satisfaction was received with respect to the engagement of pupils who do not normally show an interest in STEM subjects. An impressive 83.32 percent of the teachers confirmed that they are “very satisfied” with the improved interaction of pupils, with a further 16.68 percent stating they are “satisfied”.
The “lema?” programme has been in use since 2012, visiting students from grades three to seven in public and private schools across Abu Dhabi, the Al Ain and the Al Dhafra regions.
Between September 2017 and May 2018, 66,894 students attended the interactive Arabic and English workshops and shows the highest attendance since the programme’s inception six years ago.
Through the initiative, ADEK aims to establish STEM subjects as the foundation of a modern, well-rounded education, thereby driving the UAE government’s objective to create an innovative and knowledge-based society.
Fatima Al Zaabi, Programme Manager of Special Projects at ADEK, noted, “We are thrilled about the success of the 2017-2018 tour, and especially proud to see that all the teachers who took part in the ‘lema?’ programme are satisfied with the interactive workshops and shows.
“By inspiring young minds to learn more about STEM-related subjects, we are creating an exciting and innovative foundation for our youth, one that will help drive the economy forward with a focus on sectors that require capable and highly equipped manpower.”
Operated with the support of its Platinum Sponsor, Mubadala Investment Company, lema? which means “why?” in Arabic is held over the course of six weeks, three times a year. Each session is delivered by fully trained science communicators and specially designed versions are run to ensure inclusion of pupils of determination.