National Commission for Education, Culture and Science of Ministry of Education holds its first meeting At Dubai Ministry of Education. The meeting was attended by His Excellency Hussain bin Ibrahim Al Hammadi, the Minister of Education, several members of the general commission and representatives of several government organizations and bodies to discuss their future plans and strategies.
The meeting witnessed launching National Commission’s website to be a reference website for any information, missions, affairs, activities and future directions of the National Commissions.
The Commission was formed in accordance with the Ministerial decree no. 67 of 2017. The Commission is seen as the link between the government bodies interested in education, culture, science, media and communications and other organizations and Education Office. The National Commission is also in charge with communicating with these organizations concerning any relevant affairs.
The Commission consists of the following bodies: general commission, secondary commissions, executive office and general secretariat. The Commission is held bi-annually. Membership is valid for two renewable years.
At the beginning of the meeting, HE welcomed the members, stressing that the Commission is a supporting arm of the local and international efforts in vital issues in education, culture and science and in establishing effective cooperation frameworks with the international organizations concerned with these affairs.
"We look forward to working more professionally and strengthening our partnerships locally, internationally and globally, which will contribute to the final outcome in raising the indicators that deal with issues of education, spreading culture, innovation and values, and establishing a new platform that supports the objectives of the Government through the National Commission and the contributions and innovations of the members. We are also looking forward to authenticating the deeply rooted values of the UAE community in all the activities and programs that we share globally or that emanate from the Commission at the local level.” HE said.
He went on to stress the need for concerted efforts and continuous development of ideas and views serving the work and efforts of the Commission, establishing quality standardized outputs and strengthening its partnership and cooperation with the four UNESCO organizations to ensure coherence of work and improve communication mechanisms.
He concluded that the MOE will spare no effort in supporting and providing all the capabilities through its agencies, cadres and teams to ensure the quality of outputs, in a participatory and integrated manner with the National Commission to serve the goals, agenda and vision 2021.
Amal Al-Koos, the Director of the UAE National Commission for Education, Culture and Science, reviewed the overall tasks, objectives, mechanisms of the Commission's work, relevant activities, events and conferences in the fields of education, culture, science and communication. She also reviewed the efforts made by the Commission to link the education plans with the objectives of UNESCO, particularly the fourth one concerned with holding workshops at schools in cooperation with several parties to introduce the importance of this objective.
She explained that 111 schools are going to be evaluated later on to decide how compliant they are with the UNESCO objectives and to be restructured in a manner that guarantees they accomplish these objectives. These schools were given a sufficient period of time to register through the Commission website. The registration is open for another 11 days. Furthermore, she discussed the role of the Commission in raising awareness of the many local educational awards, the decision to hold the Commission meetings twice a year to introduce the Commission and its local objectives and strengthening well-established values such as tolerance, innovation and pioneering and focusing on the Commission’s progress and methodology.
Al-Koos stressed that the Commission’s vision is to intensify the work and enhance its active and positive role as to contribute to the realization of the UAE’s vision and to enhance its regional and international standing in the fields of education, culture, science and communication.
She explained that the UAE National Commission is working as a major platform for coordinating between the competent international organizations and local institutions in order to activate the global and regional programs of the organizations and to benefit from the experiences and best practices of the member countries in the field of education, culture, science and communication.
She identified the values of transparency, objectivity, participation, responsibility and cooperation upon which the Commission is formed; pointing out that the Commission has three subcommittees: education subcommittee, culture, information and communication subcommittee, and science subcommittee.
She referred to the methodology of the Commission in the process of preparing the strategic direction and plan, stating that it works under the umbrella of the MOE. She clarified that this joint work depends on the coordination and cooperation with international organizations in the fields of education, culture, science and communication with the purpose of developing, supporting and strengthening the UAE’s efforts and strategic vision to top the world’s countries by 2021.
She stated that the National Commission is in charge with a range of responsibilities that consist with the national visions and global pioneering requirements. This based on the Commission’s formulation of its strategic direction in conformity with the UAE’s strategic objectives related to the educational, cultural and scientific and communication sectors, national agenda, regional and global frameworks of the joint agendas of the UAE during the seven coming years up to 2021. She also said that the National Commission scope of responsibilities extends to the UAE’s vision of the main sectors such as the global framework for education adopted by UNESCO and relevant international organizations.
She added that the integration and work at the UAE level through the members of the Commission, who represent active institutions in the fields of culture, science and education, will provide the course of action with supports that insure the crystallization of the forward-looking vision of how to achieve the goals set, and ensure high quality and efficient performance.
She considered that the themes of the work of the Commission to be highly important and stressed the necessity of achieving their set of objectives, namely the promotion of the principles of education for sustainable development (UNESCO), the support of initiatives for protecting the civilizational heritage and cultural diversity (ISESCO). The MOE’s efforts also encourage the expansion of learning opportunity and education quality through the information technology and communications (UNESCO), guarantee of safe, supportive and stimulating learning environment through the MOE’s strategy 2017 – 2021. She also referred to the fact that there are four secondary supportive commissions; namely education, heritage and science sub-commissions whose main objective is to devote the best practices in these vital areas.