The briefing workshops introducing the criteria, objectives and terms of “The Mohammed Bin Zayed (MBZ) Award for the Best Gulf Teacher” organized by the award administration in 6 venues started yesterday. The workshops will be held during a couple of days in many cities, in cooperation with the MOE. The MBZ Award for the Best Gulf Teacher targets the UAE teachers. It is planned to organize similar briefing workshops in the GCC countries.
The workshops to be held in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain and the Eastern Region will be supervised by 12 MOE-specialized trainers.
Hussain Al Hammadi, Minister of Education and supervisor of the MBZ Award for the Best Gulf Teacher, stated that there are remarkable and coordinating efforts made to introduce the MBZ Award on the local level as well as the GCC participant countries. Such efforts are dedicated to activating the educational communication channels and encouraging the participants to make prominent their academic and educational efforts and forms of giving inside and outside schools.
He added that "The MBZ Award for the best Gulf teacher reflects a modern educational philosophy where the core, objectives and a clear and profound vision combine together. It depicts the wise leadership’s growing interest in giving education in the UAE in particular and in the GCC countries in general, the importance required to achieve the aspirations of those countries to enrich the educational process by making extraordinary leaps in their paths. This is intended to contribute to shape their directions towards a comprehensive development renaissance in which education is the cornerstone and foundation on which any breakthrough in the areas of life depends.
He affirmed that teacher is the core of the educational process and the starting point of any expected development. Therefore, the MBZ Award is made to define certain concepts and principles and document a new stage of harmonious educational and behavioural work that is in line with the latest developments in modern education, with the progress witnessed by the education sector in the developed countries and with the civilized requirements.
He said that the means to attain such objectives is to motivate the teacher to identify the grounds for progress and follow the requirements of development in the light of the fact that the burden of developing the whole educational sector lies on the teacher, besides the teacher’s responsibility for improving the students’ academic level, planting high values and moral principles, guiding them and sharpen their positive sense of citizenship.
He concluded that the MBZ Award is designed to form one integrated whole with accurate criteria and objectives. The award design is directed towards creating systematic and efficient performance and results.
His Excellency Eng. Abdulrahman Al Hammadi, MOE Undersecretary for Supervision and Support Services, Deputy Chairman of the Higher Committee of MBZ Award, said that the teacher will remain a main focal point and a constituent of the comprehensive long-term vision of the wise leadership aiming at achieving any future progress, referring to the teacher as the fundamental drive of the radical and sustainable change. He added that the MBZ Award is a means to promote the best educational practices and encourage the educational work that will enhance the outputs of education and to produce pioneering, trustful and self-assured generations that are equipped with the best and most recent knowledge, skills and sciences.
His Excellency said that the MBZ Award is based on several criteria for selecting and assessing the candidates with educational competencies, including 20% for the creativity and innovation, 10% for the positive citizenship, loyalty and national affiliation, 20% for sustainable development and learning, 10% for social and professional leadership and 40% for excellence in achievement.
Dr. Hamad Al-Darmaki, Secretary-General of the Award, said that the briefing workshops organized by the Award administration are a reflection of the continuous efforts to introduce the Award on the local realm and to the broadest base of UAE teachers. He stressed that these workshops are necessary for highlighting the award and providing a wealth of information as well as answer the inquiries by teachers.
He pointed out to that the introduction of the MBZ Award to the GCC participating countries will undergo a new stage in the coming period. This stage will witness holding briefing workshops for teachers in the GCC participating countries in cooperation with the Arab Bureau of Education.
He said that the Award administration has developed intensive plans in coordination with the concerned media committees in the participating countries to activate the relevant channels and promote the award to ensure the greatest interaction with the Award. Such efforts are intended to give the award the position it deserves as being an educational award that has contemporary educational and behavioral cores and objectives which aim at devoting the best educational practices through enhancing the teachers’ capacities and skills.
He added that the Award details, relevant issues and mechanism for application by the GCC teachers are available on the Award website: www.mbzaward.ae.
Al-Darmaki said that MBZ Award for the best Gulf teacher establishes the leading criteria in the educational sector by defining the teacher’s role and encouraging the teachers to contribute to building a coherent and well-educated teachers’ community, referring to the teacher as the key instrument for making the changing required in a creativity- and innovation-based educational process.
He called for the teachers to take the opportunity for applying for the integrated Award which contribute to reviving, renovating and self-developing the educational field. It is also devoted to reward the distinctive teachers.
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