The second edition of the Mohamed Bin Zayed Award for Best GCC Teacher
has begun the first phase of its evaluation of the entries to the award. The
best 25 entries for each country will be approved as a preliminary step. This
will be followed by personal interviews with the candidates to determine the
best entries to the award. The award incorporates three phases for eventual
selection of 6 candidates to win the award from all participating countries.
The evaluation process is supervised by juries whose members are
highly experienced and competent in the field of educational work. The
evaluation will go through steps and phases, the first of which is the desktop
evaluation phase, where the applications of the participating teachers will be
evaluated electronically for maximum precision and most efficient evaluation
and the best 25 applications for each country will be approved.
In the second phase of the evaluation process, personal interviews
will be conducted with the participants. Candidates will be interviewed in
their respective countries under the supervision of the ministries of education
in the GCC countries. A list of teachers with distinguished and inspirational
educational experiences will be subsequently prepared. This will be followed by
the last phase in which the best 6 teachers will be selected based on their
creative entries and the positive educational effect that they have left in
their educational environment.
The award is progressing confidently to take the lead through its
objectives, particularly the future investment in teachers working in the
participating countries by motivating them to work creatively, offer the best
performance that will reflect positively on the school communities and provide
a creative environment, said HE Abdulrahman Al Hammadi, Deputy Chairman of the
Higher Committee, noting that teachers are the cornerstone of development and would
continue to receive care to be able to have the keys to educational progress, this
being the philosophy of the award.
Meanwhile, Dr. Hamad Al Darmaki, Secretary General of the Award,
said the award is going through a significant phase as it is beginning to
select the lists of participants in each country, targeting the best 25 entries,
an initial step to sort nominations and select the most distinguished ones.
The award set high-level determinants and standards that simulate
the world’s best educational practices and experiences, in terms of both quality
of performance and comprehensive evaluation of the entries, which would go
through various stages of assessment and benchmarking to ensure that the best
ones are selected, he said.
Al Darmaki pointed out that the award turned nowadays into a
profound value of knowledge and education in the region and its great effect stemmed
from documenting the best inspirational experiences of teachers, these being the
top concern of the wise leadership, considering that they are a bridge towards progress,
science and knowledge and constitute a real guarantee for building communities and
generations of leading knowledge and morals. This perception we are waiting for
applies to the creative and perseverant teacher, whose educational career marks
a milestone in the development and sustainability of education, he added.
“The award launched under the directives of His Highness Sheikh
Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme
Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, reflects the leadership’s aspirations and
belief that education should continue to focus on building future generations
and develop its cornerstones, the most important of which is the efficient
teacher, whom we owe all respect”, he said.
The award seeks to establish significant aspects that will pave the
way for building school communities marked with creativity and innovation and
enriching the educational mobility by motivating teachers to show professional
excellence and rewarding those of prominent and outstanding entries, he added.
The award was keen on expanding its entry-related objectives as the
work teams kept communicating directly with the people concerned by paying field
visits to the participating countries, bolstering joint action and
familiarizing teachers with the award, enabling them to have the opportunity to
highlight their educational roles and works that contribute to enhancing
education development strategies and the leadership’s vision for advancing
education in the GCC countries, he said.
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