Al Qubaisi hails U.A.E. leadership's educational investment in people, keen efforts to embrace and support nation's children

  • 24 September 2014

U.A.E. constitutes a source of pride for Emirati people who have a wise leadership that spares no effort to embrace and support their children and prepare them for achieving leadership and excellence roles, Dr. Amal Al Qubaisi, Director General of Abu Dhabi Education Council, has said affirming that the U.A.E. leadership has invested in its people and has succeeded through this wise vision to put U.A.E. among the most important countries in the world, a development that the official said was to be paralleled by a similar development in education.

Al Qubaisi made her remarks on Tuesday in her opening remarks at the two-day fifth Annual Education Conference, organised by Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) under the title "Education and Educators: Creating a Culture of Excellence in the Classroom." She hailed the annual conference on education as one that has become one of the leading national and regional forums that place education in its strategic framework as an important component of nation-building, the main driver of developing human capital, and a key platform for enhancing social and national values as a pillar of social stability.

She attributed the huge development of education in U.A.E. to vision of His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of U.A.E. Armed Forces and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Education Council, and his unlimited support for education in U.A.E. in general, and in the emirate of Abu Dhabi in particular.

Al Qubaisi also noted the importance of importance of education as a cornerstone in Plan Abu Dhabi 2030 which seeks to make the economy knowledge-based as H.H. Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed strongly believes in the need for prioritising education making it a vision and an approach in the present and the future.

"Our responsibility today, as educators, is to achieve U.A.E. 2021 Vision which focuses on the human element as the essential pillar to reaching the goals and accomplishing the ambitions. Our success in the future will depend on how well we succeed in dealing with knowledge production, reuse and developing ways to harness it. Therefore, innovation and creativity are among the most important keys of human intelligence age and it will be the hardest currency in a time that will depend heavily on artificial intelligence." On the role Abu Dhabi Education Council plays, she said the body has concentrated on building an integrated student-cantered learning system. "However, putting the student in the heart of the learning process requires developing teachers' performance, teaching strategies and learning environment, so as to become an environment where skills development is integrated with the acquisition of and production of knowledge, life skills and the essential skills for the twenty-first century." Al Qubaisi noted that the development of the educational system was part of the vision of the founding father of U.A.E., the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who understood the importance of education for raising generations for the future.

Al Qubaisi cited a quote by the late Sheikh Zayed: "Educating and teaching people is in itself a substantial wealth. We build the future on scientific foundations." Developing education policies, Al Qubaisi said, has taken into consideration developing several aspects of the education process. Perhaps, most of the efforts were concentrated on developing the curriculums and diversifying teaching methods and student assessment.

"However, the most important aspect was developing teachers' performance. Developing performance of the teachers requires restoration of the teacher's role in early education, the role of catalyst to gain knowledge. The development of teacher's performance begins with determining the final output of the teacher ‘performance. In an era in which creative innovative thinking and the ability to produce knowledge one of the pillars of the knowledge-based economy, it becomes critical to have a generation of teachers who are able to inspire students, broaden their knowledge and to establish the value of analytical thinking and use of research data and thinking outside out of the box." Al Qubaisi added that the development of the role of teachers begins at their higher education and ends at community discourse passing through all career development inside the educational institutions and the efforts to motivate the teachers to determine, adopt and disseminate the best educational practices.