Ministry of Education sends 1,200 students to world's most prestigious think tanks to explore knowledge stations
Introductory meeting on 'Our Ambassadors' initiative was held for 260 students targeted for spring break
An exceptional initiative aimed at building generations aware of global progress in various fields of science and innovation: Hussain Al Hammadi
The Ministry of Education yesterday organized an introductory meeting for the students participating with their parents in the "Our Ambassadors" initiative during the spring break. The meeting, part of a ceremony held at the University of Sharjah and attended by HE Hussain Al Hammadi, Minister of Education, was aimed at further highlighting the objectives of the initiative and its importance in exploring the knowledge stations and the future of sciences in the most renowned science think tanks worldwide.
The meeting was attended by HE Dr. Amna Al Dahak Al Shamsi, Undersecretary for Care and Activities Sector at the Ministry of Education, and HE Dr. Faisal Al Bakri, Advisor to the Ministry of Education, in addition to a crowd of students and their parents and a number of education officials and specialists.
The ministry approved this year the implementation of the initiative, which targets 1,200 male and female students in two phases; the first during the spring break in which 260 students will participate. The ministry, however, will resume the initiative during the summer vacation by targeting 940 students.
The students participating in the "Our Ambassadors" initiative will be distributed on many global destinations and cities containing the most prestigious think tanks and scientific research engines, where students will acquire advanced skills and exceptional abilities depending on the nature of the program of the initiative they are engaged in.
Spring break's 'Our Ambassadors' initiative includes three programs; namely, the Ambassadors of Innovation Program, the Future Ambassadors Program and the Ambassadors of Giving Program. The student delegations will join their destinations from next Friday and the program will continue till April 11. The students participating in 'Our Ambassadors' initiative in the spring break have been distributed on 7 global destinations that have been carefully selected with a view to achieving the objectives of the initiative, firmly establishing the best practices and learning environments and ensuring effective community participation.
As many as 60 students targeted for the Ambassadors of Giving Program will be heading to Malaysia and Zanzibar, while 120 students for the Future Ambassadors Program heading to the US, UK and South Korea will join the University of Oxford, the University of Alabama and the University of Hong Kong.
As for the 80 students of the Ambassadors of Innovation Program, a series of enrichment programs will be offered to them at both the National University of Singapore and the Peking University in China.
Al Hammadi started his speech to the meeting by thanking the wise leadership for its continuous and integrated care and support, which enabled the ministry to launch such pioneering education programs as the 'Our Ambassadors' initiative with the aim of enhancing the progress of the Emirati School's students.
"Our Ambassadors is one of the exceptional initiatives aimed not only at building generations aware of the global progress in all fields and disciplines of science and innovation but also at enhancing the characteristics of Emirati students, enabling them to be global citizens with an Emirati identity", Al Hammadi said.
"The scope of this initiative is expanding and growing with more students understanding the value of this event and the importance of making it a success, considering that the initiative seeks to build the skills of our students and consolidate the Emirati School's characteristics in them and is associated with the UAE's agenda and future vision towards sustainable education", he added.
Al Hammadi pointed out that the initiative is an inspirational opportunity for students of both public and higher education institutions to lead a generation armed with knowledge for global competitiveness, considering that these journeys to the most prestigious think tanks enable students to gain more knowledge and explore scientific development prospects.
He explained that parents' support of the ministry's efforts contributed to strengthening its educational vision through motivating and encouraging students to keep learning and bolster their talents.
"The 'Our Ambassadors' initiative comes in response to the Ministry of Education's ambitious plan to enhance the skills of our school and university students and enable them to be more open and knowledgeable about the latest developments in science and innovation", he said.
Stressing that building national minds is a top goal associated with the future of the homeland, Al Hammadi pointed out that this initiative assists in producing inspired generations armed with knowledge for sustainable education that enables the desired development plans to be implemented.
Meanwhile, Al Shamsi affirmed that the 'Our Ambassadors' initiative is an exploratory journey through which students would resume their research, knowledge, scientific and community journey to be the pioneers of innovation and event makers with their unique skills and abilities.
Empowering students with up-to-date skills and future sciences while imparting knowledge to them and expanding their perception through visiting the world's most prestigious think tanks and innovation centers constitutes a future vision through which the ministry seeks to achieve high quality educational outputs, she said.
For his part, Al Bakri said: "Through this initiative, we are looking forward that our students will be inspired ambassadors extraordinary and honorably represent the UAE by conveying its message of tolerance to the whole world; that message, which Zayed the founding father had firmly established as a humanitarian methodology in UAE people.