Annual Education Conference Seeks to Improve Reality of Education, Educators: Al Suwaidi

  • 23 September 2014

Director-General of the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR), Dr. Jamal Sanad Al Suwaidi, on Tuesday said the current fifth Annual Education Conference is aimed at improving the reality of the education and educators in line with the wise leadership's strategy embodied by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan for helping U.A.E. become a knowledge-based productive community in the coming few years.

Al Suwaidi made his remarks at the opening of the two-day conference organised by ECSSR under the title 'Education and Educators: Creating a Culture of Excellence in the Classroom.' Extending his appreciation and gratitude to Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the U.A.E. Armed Forces, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Education Council and President of the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research, for his special interest in holding this highly-important annual conference, Al Suwaidi said, "His Highness has entrusted me to convey his best wishes to all participants, academics, researchers and discussants, for fruitful efforts culminating in recommendations and plans embodying visions that aspire to serve the future as well as the goals of this conference." Since its inception in 1994, the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research has consistently tried to keep up with modernity and the latest intellectual, academic, cultural and technological developments and products at the theoretical and practical levels, as well as in the social, political, economic and security sectors. The Centre has given special focus to education as it represents the cornerstone of a nation’s development, and as no progress will take place for any nation unless it adopts scientific methodology in setting its policies and strategies.

"Hence, this conference is being held today in implementation of the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and in realisation of his well-known belief in the importance of providing citizens with the best capabilities, science and knowledge in order to enhance their skills and experience and prepare them for embarking on all fields of work quipped with them with high spirits and a sincere desire for keeping the country’s wealth flowing in all fields in all circumstances," added Al Suwaidi.

The ECSSR’s fifth Annual Education Conference seeks to identify methods and mechanisms of developing and improving teachers' performance across U.A.E.

The topics participants will discuss at the conference include the current teacher training and qualification programmes, lessons derived from leading international training models, the social, economic and cultural factors that discourage qualified graduates from seeking a career in education.

They will also propose solutions to educational issues based both on international experiences and the demands of the local educational environment.