His Excellency Hussain Al Hammadi, Minister of Education, inspected several schools in Dubai and Ajman recently. The visit included Hatta, Masfout and Maziraa districts where he met with students and teachers at Hatta Primary School for Boys, Khadija Bint Khuwailid Primary School for Girls in Hatta, Al-Dhahra Primary and Secondary School for Girls, Al-Yaqout Nursery serving Hatta and Masfout, Maziraa Elementary and Secondary School for Girls, Sumaya Bint Al-Khayyat Primary and Secondary School for Girls in Masfout and Abu Saeed Al-Khudri Primary and Secondary School for Boys in Maziraa.
His Excellency listened to a detailed explanation of the educational progress by the administrative and teaching staff as well as students in the said schools, pointing out the importance of working in a team spirit to achieve the desired results in an atmosphere of positive and mutual interaction between students and educational staff to achieve effective communication that reflects positively on the rest of the educational process.
He also pointed out the importance of embodying the concepts of the Emirati school to students through innovative activities that achieve the desired results on the one hand and aims to improve the students' perceptions of the concepts of innovation, competitiveness and critical and analytical thinking.
He praised the significant efforts of the teaching and administrative staff at the schools of Hatta, Masfout and Maziraa, pointing out their success in portraying a bright picture about the Emirati school which requires the concerted efforts of all members of the educational field.
During his visit, His Excellency stressed the importance of developing a pioneering educational thinking that contributes to creating an attractive educational environment that expands students' educational horizons and aligning the content with strategic and national plans aimed at developing education in the country and produce students who have the skills of this era and lead the future development.
He also spoke with the students about their future aspirations and urged them to excel academically as the driving force of achieving sustainable development. He also responded to students' questions about the curriculum and listened to their observations in that regard.
The visit comes within the framework of the Ministry of Education's keenness to remain in direct contact with the educational field, which will contribute to the achievement of complementarity in the educational process and to monitoring the achievements and discussing educational issues with transparency and responsibility, he clarified.
During the tour, he met with Ahmed Salem Sultan from Abu Saeed Al-Khudri School and praised his determination to pursue his education and defy his visual disability. Ahmad managed to master reading and writing using Braille in three months. He was awarded the Disability Challenge Award for Creativity and was integrated with his peers in the school.
He also inspected the schools' infrastructure and looked at all the school facilities such as yards, laboratories and libraries. He directed the Ministry of Education’s teams to conduct an immediate inventory of the requirements and needs of these schools to be provided as soon as possible to serve the educational process and ensure smooth and integrated operation.
He was also briefed on various pioneering initiatives carried out by school students and teachers. He called for a wider implementation of those initiatives to make the most of them and open the door to pioneering ideas to see the light.
He noted that the ministry takes it upon itself to encourage all innovators to turn their ideas into reality. Leading Initiatives included providing electricity for a classroom using solar energy. Sheikha Al-Kaabi, a laboratory specialist from Maziraa Elementary and Secondary School for Girls, developed the idea and provided the necessary electricity for a classroom including its modern teaching devices using clean energy for the classroom since the beginning of the current school year.
His Excellency also witnessed part of a brainstorming session carried out by a group of students of Al Dhahra Primary and Secondary School for Girls, entitled "Hatta Al Khair", inspired by the Year of Giving 2017 declared by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE. An array of ideas were proposed to promote awareness of the importance of voluntary work and the need for engagement in the community and aiding those in need as well as a set of ideas that will contribute to the promotion of tourism in Hatta and the region.
He reviewed varied projects implemented by the students of Sumaya Bint Al-Khayyat School, which included designs that spread awareness about important topics for students on how to use the social media and the importance of teamwork, as well as the implementation of a media forum at the level of schools in the region, in addition to winning the 1st place in the young narrator contest in the Middle East.
He also called upon the elite seventh-grade students in the same school and urged them to do their best as part of that stream to which the ministry attaches more attention and follow-up. He listened to some of the students' suggestions for qualifying students before joining the track.
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