In the presence of 20 ministers and representatives of 10 ministers from 30 countries around the world, the first youth document on the future of technical and vocational education and training was yesterday ratified at the Technical and Vocational Education Ministers' Forum held on the sidelines of the Global Skills Competition Abu Dhabi 2017, at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center (ADNEC).
The Youth Declaration was formulated through the active participation of 300 young professionals from all over the world who worked on six themes: Innovation, Happiness and Tolerance, Green Economy, Global Citizenship, the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and Entrepreneurship.
His Excellency Hussain Al Hammadi, Minister of Education, started the meeting by welcoming their Excellencies the Ministers and the present participants. He confirmed that the UAE's hosting of the Global Skills 2017 entitled Skills Strategies Are Dominated by Globalization comes within the framework of the efforts of prudent leadership and its keenness to highlight the role of education in the progress of countries and the crystallization of a future reciprocal vision that contributes to its development in order to achieve its objectives which are closely linked to comprehensive development.
He added: "Our future lies in our education and the World skills competition is an important event that has a global character for its pioneering goals that elevate education and promote its sustainability, especially vocational and technical education, which is now more mature and important in advancing the economies of countries that are looking forward to the front and advanced grades.
He said that education in the UAE, supported by prudent leadership, is based on the criteria of pioneering and competitiveness, and examines the best educational practices in order to strengthen its connection with them, thus achieving sunstntial jumps in the transition to knowledge-based economy society which is a strategic objective of the state. This urged us to create an up-to-date educational vision in different types of education to meet the aspirations of the state.
He added that the next stage and the requirements it entails to achieve growth, prosperity, and economic excellence require generations equipped with skill, knowledge and technology, and thus it is necessary to raise the skills of our students and provide educational outputs that meet the needs of the labor market, and enhance coordination between educational institutions and public and private sectors in order to achieve integration that would serve our communities.
His Excellency pointed out that there are necessities to be met. These rise from economic and industrial diversification and what the world imposes as a result of the permanent change. He indicated that the future jobs will also be within the circle of change in their requirements and skills, and today we prepare future generations for tomorrow, according to the needs and contingent changes in the market, and through the use of capabilities and expertise, and making education more sustainable, taking into account the requirements of leadership, progress, and the needs of sustainable development.
He concluded that the ratification of the First Youth Document on the Future of Technical, Vocational and Technical Education and Training is a pioneering step that establishes principles and bases that focus on looking towards a more realistic and modern future that would satisfy the needs, especially with regard to vocational and technical education and the urgent necessity to institutionalize a project enhanced by its tools and the skills of its staff, granting them exceptional capabilities to contribute to building the smart cities system, that has become a feature of developed peoples.
Mubarak Saeed Al Shamsi, Director General of Abu Dhabi Center for Technical and Vocational Education and Training, said: "I thank the young people for participating in the World Youth Forum and for drafting the first youth document. Supporting this Declaration, it is our responsibility to seek and build consensus on the priorities advocated by our youth and to play our fundamental role in the enhancement and promotion of skills, education, and vocational and technical training.
During the period from 15 August to 30 September 2017, 300 young professionals discussed topics on the future of skills and technical and vocational education and training (TVET) launched during the World Youth Forum for Technical and Vocational Education. The forum also addressed many issues on the role of skills in building future smart cities, skills that will accelerate innovation, find solutions to make TVET more diversified and inclusive, and skills to contribute to the well-being of the community and to develop entrepreneurship, and other topics.
Al Hammadi visits Abu Dhabi Police Platform
Abu Dhabi (Al Ittihad)
His Excellency Hussain bin Ibrahim Al Hammadi, Minister of Education, visited the Abu Dhabi Police General Command Platform, in the course of World Skills Competition at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center. He was briefed on the latest innovations and activities offered by Abu Dhabi Police. He expressed his admiration for what he saw of the police services innovated within the events of the global competition.
During the visit, His Excellency was received by Colonel Dr. Eng. Ibrahim Al-Hinai, Director of the Strategy and Institutional Development Center, Head of the Abu Dhabi Police Skills Competition.
Nahyan bin Mubarak: A unique demonstration that supports the building of a knowledge economy
Abu Dhabi (WAM)
His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, stressed the importance of the UAE hosting the Global Skills Competition (Abu Dhabi 2017). He pointed out that organizing such a global demonstration by the state supports the building of a knowledge-based economy and reflects the world's confidence in the country and its ability to organize the most prestigious global events.
This came in a statement made by His Excellency after his visit yesterday to «Global Skills Contest Abu Dhabi 2017», held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Muhammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, where he inspected the compartments participating in the exhibition accompanying the competition, which continues until 19 October at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center.
During his visit and inspective tour, His Highness was escorted by His Excellency Dr. Mughir Khamis Al Khaili, Head of Community Development Department, Member of the Executive Council of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, HE Dr. Ali Rashid Al Nuaimi, Head of Education and Knowledge Department, Executive Council Member of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and Mubarak Saeed Al Shamsi, Director General of the Abu Dhabi Education and Training Center for Technical and Vocational Training, And a number of officials.
His Highness Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan stressed that the success of the UAE in hosting this global event in the field of technical and vocational education is not only the result of present work, since the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, may God bless him and grant him peace, took great interest in education. Moreover, our prudent leadership provides unlimited support for education and is keen to provide the best educational teams for our children inside and outside the country.
His Highness pointed out that the process of education has received support, attention and care from His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, saying that the support of His Highness was an incentive for our sons and daughters to excel. Our youth now enjoy the highest international skills and occupy the highest positions.
His Highness stressed that the global skills competition witnessed, within the current session, the presence of large numbers of participants from about 60 countries, such that the current session is the largest in the history of the competition. He noted that the exhibition accompanying the competition also witnessed an unprecedented number of visitors.