HE Hussain Al Hammadi, Minister of Education, has stressed
the importance of achieving an actual partnership with all sectors of the
society in order for the education system in the UAE to benefit from their
bright ideas for sustainable development of education.
Ever since the UAE was founded, education has received
generous support from its prudent leadership based on its firm belief in the
importance of education and its capability to make quantum leaps in the process
of development of the UAE in all fields, he said, noting that education in the
UAE was based on several data and facts, the most notable of which is that the
world is changing.
Al Hammadi said so during a panel discussion titled 'We
Share' that the Ministry of Education organized in Mohammed Bin Khalid School
in Al Ain City yesterday. The panel discussion was attended by Dr. Hamad Al
Yahyai, Assistant Undersecretary for Curriculum and Assessment Sector, and HE
Lubna Al Shamsi, CEO for School Operations in Abu Dhabi. It was also attended
by a number of education leaders and a large gathering of students' parents.
The panel discussion came as part of
the Ministry of Education's keenness on creating effective channels of
communication with all the education partners, particularly parents, in view of
their leading and pivotal role in supporting the education system in the UAE.
The panel discussion initiative is an interactive platform through which the
ministry learns about the parents' opinions and ideas, which will be taken into
account when formulating education policies, enabling the education sector to
be constantly refreshed with constructive suggestions.
During his discourse, Al Hammadi stated that the standards
of the Emirati School as well as its curricula, activities, holidays and study
days had been developed according to rigorous studies and benchmarking with
countries known for their advanced education. Thus the ministry selected its
modern education system under the umbrella of the Emirati School after
reviewing the world's best education systems in terms of curricula, activities
and teaching methods, he added.
"The philosophy of education is based on a central
premise that the world is changing and as a result we have built a modern
education system that keeps pace with the requirements of our progress and the
conditions of our future excellence", he said.
He emphasized that the Ministry of Education is committed to
studying all the comments received through the various channels of
communication available including the school management, noting that the
ministry is continually creating channels of communication to ensure effective
communication with all members of the society.
Meanwhile, in his response to the parents' questions and
remarks, Al Yahyai explained that the education system in the UAE is flexible
and fair and that the concerned sector is constantly studying the field reports
to be accurate when assessing students and avoid holding them responsible for
any problems that may occur during the school days.
The panel discussion included several themes and ideas
related to curricula, the provision of
qualified teachers and how to benefit from school activities to develop
students' skills. During the panel discussion, parents posed many positive
ideas that were in direct contact with the Ministry of Education's plans and
efforts aimed at developing education. They underlined the necessity for
reconsidering the distribution of holidays throughout the academic year and the
need to pay more attention to the students of determination.
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