Sorbonne Abu Dhabi among Exhibitors at NAJAH Education and Career Fair

sorbonne abu dhabi among exhibitors at najah education and career fair mini Sorbonne Abu Dhabi among Exhibitors at NAJAH Education and Career FairAbu Dhabi, UAE: Paris – Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi (PSUAD) is among the exhibitors at this year’s edition of NAJAH, given the university’s keenness to engage with students and parents on all issues. The event, which will be running over three days at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Center, aims to showcase the education, training and career sectors in the UAE.

NAJAH is a perfect venue and opportunity for students and parents to learn about the university’s world-class, specialized academic programs and to inquire about undergraduate and graduate study. Students can benefit from the guidance offered at the PSUAD booth and have all their questions answered.

The PSUAD administration noted that the university’s participation aims to introduce students, academics and those interested in higher education and scientific research to the various academic programs – bachelors’ and masters’ – on offer at the university. Such participation is key for students to interact with faculty members and benefit from their advice on the considerable options available for them to pursue their studies and achieve their career goals with PSUAD.

PSUAD affirmed that NAJAH is one of the leading annual events dedicated to education and recruitment in the UAE. The fair provides opportunities, as well as academic and practical tips, to young people in need of guidance before making such critical decisions regarding their education and future careers.

“By taking part in NAJAH 2014, PSUAD seeks to provide comprehensive, clear and accessible information about the various undergraduate and graduate programs on offer at the university. The fair is also an opportunity for us to showcase the skills of our students and reflect the integrated roles and responsibilities of public and private institutions and authorities, on the one hand, and the university, on the other,” the PSUAD administration stated.

The university’s pavilion will be helping students learn about the multiple options for pursuing graduate study at a prestigious global university such as PSUAD. Academic experts will be on hand to offer personalized tips on study tracks, including course requirements and eligibility.

PSUAD has created an informational presentation on its graduate studies system, highlighting its academic rigorousness, intellectual approaches and the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). The overview serves to foster a deeper understanding among students and parents about the advantages of such a system, the role of the university in the academic life of students of all backgrounds and the edge they will gain in francophone communities.

The PSUAD pavilion at NAJAH 2014 will also features several presentations on academic and cultural programs and will offer a wide range of information, informational and guidance materials, and brochures on the world-class diplomas conferred by the university to bachelors’ and masters’ students. Visitors will learn about training and internship opportunities provided by PSUAD to its students at the UAE’s most prestigious authorities and institutions towards developing their performance and honing their academic and educational skills and capacities.

© Press Release 2014


Socialising Education: Developing the Next Generation through Innovative Knowledge Transfer

socialising education developing the next generation through innovative knowledge transfer mini Socialising Education: Developing the Next Generation through Innovative Knowledge TransferDubai, UAE: A multi-specialised panel discussed education, its continuing relevance, and emerging delivery models during a discussion at the 10th World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF), organized by the WIEF Foundation and Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry in Dubai.

Chaired by Tan Sri Dato Dr. Wan Mohd. Zahid Mohd. Noordin, Chairman of the WIEF Education Trust, the panel debated how education delivered using technology has a number of benefits in terms of ease of delivery and widespread availability, but yet could lose the traditional interpersonal connection due to this electronic delivery.

The panel brought together information and experiences from Bronwen McConkey, Chief Product Officer, African Management Initiative (AMI), Kenya, Carlos Souza, CEO & Founder, Veduca of Brazil, Dr. Mansoor Al Awar, Chancellor, Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University, UAE, and Hazem Galal, Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, UAE.

The very definition of education was challenged by the panel represented by core education specialists, vocational and continuing education professionals, as well as consultants and industry analysts. They agreed that education is the process of transferring knowledge and skills, and the models or mechanisms of how these are done need to customized, based on the targeted audiences and geographies.

In the UAE, the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University follows a hybrid model of education delivery, blending the online model, the classroom experience, and the self-study component. The University’s Chancellor, Dr. Mansoor Al Awar, said: “There is different value that is assigned to the overall education process from each of these components of our blended offering – approximately in the range of 10 per cent from the course content itself, 70 per cent for actually engaging with the material and recreating or discussing real-world scenarios, and a further 20 per cent from mentoring and guidance from trusted advisors. The online world is changing education as we know it, and now we find that a full 35 per cent of online learners are changing their behavior to actually take advantage of the new opportunities facing them.”

Al Awar also commented that even dictionaries do not equate education to schools and universities alone, and the objective is to find the best model that works for the audience, and not to limit delivery to only traditional models. “Shopping is essential, shopping malls are not. Banking is essential, brick & mortar banks are not. In the same vein, education is essential, but schools and universities not so much”, he said.

Veduca found that lending a personal touch to education content delivered via technology saw immense improvement in course completion rates – from five per cent to 90 per cent! “We don’t want to recreate the entire classroom experience, but we want to offer the best. By enabling personal interaction with a professor to clarify doubts and explore real-world implications, by creating platforms for group discussions among peer groups, and simply by incentivising completion of assignments, modules or courses, we have been able to provide the real-world feeling to our online courses,” said Carlos Souza of Veduca.

“Technology has been feared through history across sectors, but in very few cases have we seen technology completely replace human involvement. I believe this is the same in education – technology is proving to be a great democratiser of education, but will remain only a platform on which quality content is transferred. Content creation, course delivery, and assessment will still need humans to take the lead,” said Bronwen McConkey of AMI Kenya.

A key message from global experiences of the professionals was that professors involved in delivering quality education at various levels can free themselves from repetitive content delivery and leave this to technology to deliver to the classroom. Their experience and valuable inputs can be better used in seminars and one-to-one interaction with students or even with small groups.

The current technology environment in education has not realised the potential of recreating the classroom environment although it is a fact that the current traditional model is too expensive to expand and scale. It definitely needs the communication and collaboration tools enabled by technology to broaden the reach and base of educational content. For instance, China has a huge number of students keen on learning English to a conversational level, and Canada has a number of pensioner senior citizens eager to use the Internet for interpersonal communication and networking. A unique approach has been to connect these two communities for the advantage of both, and ultimately the education of new English speakers.

The education process and environment was recognised as a valuable platform from which to transfer values and ethics from one generation to the next. This, however, is a cultural phenomenon, and it would be unfair to say that technology in education is reducing this potential. “Technology provides the enabling platform, and the educational content can be taken to the masses much easier. This would be particularly relevant in regions struggling with illiteracy levels, numbers of graduates and even K12 education,” said Hazen Galal of PwC UAE.

The 10th WIEF is being held through October 30, 2014 under the theme ‘Innovative Partnerships for Economic Growth’. With an aim to build on the strong fundamentals of Islamic values as the basis for sustainable economic development and enhance cooperation, WIEF seeks to encourage relations between the private sector and government, the individual and the community, as well as law and regulatory agencies.

© Press Release 2014


Emirati Universities Faceoff in the Cyber Security Challenge

emirati universities faceoff in the cyber security challenge mini Emirati Universities Faceoff in the Cyber Security ChallengeDubai, UAE: In its endeavors to increase public awareness about cyber security, and to encourage more computer-studies students to innovate, the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of UAE (TRA) organized a competition for students in UAE. This challenge was one among many activities TRA held during its participation in the Big Entertainment Show, which was held in Dubai from 27 to 28 October 2014.

Students were challenged to develop a complete mobile application within a time frame of continuous 8 hours, during the show. Participating students came from Khalifa University, Abu Dhabi University , Al Ain University, American University of Ras Al Khaimah, and Rochester Institute of Technology.

The competition pitted the university students teams against each other, in an intelligence race to develop an application aimed at kids aged 8 to 12 years old. This application’s goal is to increase the awareness level of those youngsters about the potential cyber threats they face while using their computers and while connected to the internet. The theme of the competition was to build a cybersecurity awareness application that the United Arab Emirates Computer Emergency Response Team (aeCERT) can use as part of its awareness training sessions. The winning application will be added to the mGov applications store for kids, for free download.

The criteria for participating in the competition was that participants should be current university students in the UAE, and nominated by their own universities. On the last day of the Big Entertainment Show, officials from the Tele-communications Regulatory Authority (TRA) announced the names of the winning candidates. Coming at the first place were Assem Marwan and Yasmina Al Khalil from Abu Dhabi University , while Karam Al Nafous and Basel Al Amin from Al Ain University secured the second place.

The Big Entertainment Show was organized by INDEX Conferences and Exhibitions Organisation Est. – member of INDEX Holding, and it was sponsored by; Playzone and the Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (TRA) and supported by the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, Dubai Festivals & Retail Establishment (DFRE) – Modhesh World and the International Licensing Industry Merchandisers Association.

© Press Release 2014


Gifted and Talented Education in UAE private schools workshop

gifted and talented education in uae private schools workshop Gifted and Talented Education in UAE private schools workshopGifted children are considered as having exceptional intellectual capacities in different fields. From intellectual to artistic skills, these children need specific support from school entities in order to nurture and grow their talents. Giftedness is quite a new concept for UAE Private Schools and that is why on November 3rd an exclusive workshop, organized by Synergy University Dubai, will be conducted for Counsellors, Principals and Educational Leaders on how to nurture and recognize gifted children and their intellect during their school curriculum, as well as expected attendance from senior officials of several governmental entities.

The main speaker of the event will be Dr. Manahel Thabet who is a pioneer in the field of childrens’ gifted education. She was the person behind the success of the 12th Asia-Pacific Conference on Giftedness in 2012 in Dubai – UAE where she served as the Chairwoman of Scientific Committee, Chairwoman of Recommendation Committee and the Senior Advisor. The conference was hosted by Hamdan Awards for Academic Excellence with participation from 42 countries and 320 papers in the field of gifted and talented. Dr. Thabet was assigned the Vice-Chancellor of the UK based Gifted Academy.

Dr. Thabet is, ranked amongst the 30 smartest people alive by Superscholar Ranking, with an IQ of over 168. In 2013 Dr. Thabet won the title genius of the year 2013 representing the co ntinent of Asia by the World Genius Directory in Australia. Dr. Thabet is the Vice president of World Intelligence Network, a platform to more than 57,000 high IQ members and the Founding President of the High IQ Foundation. Additionally, Dr. Thabet is a fellow member of the British Royal Society of Medicine and in recognition of her efforts towards Gifted education her name was engraved in the wall of honor at the main hall of The Royal Society in London. She is a double PhD holder. Dr. Thabet also encourages women leadership initiatives and is the patron of the flagship Women’s Leadership MBA program at Synergy University in Dubai.

The Keynote speech will be delivered by Mr Zaid Maleh who is the Vice Chancellor International at Synergy University Dubai and CEO of DACH ADVISORY. Mr Maleh is overseeing international activities of Synergy University and is actively involved in various talent, entrepreneurship and recently giftedness related projects aiming at supporting students and providing them unique opportunities to take their ideas to the next level.

Synergy University Dubai is proud to support and reward gifted students, by not only offering a significant number of Academic Merit Scholarships, but also providing them with opportunities to develop and nurture their innovative business ideas through the Synergy Pilot Platform; a one-of-a kind business incubator, which can, in its final stages also lead to funding through the US based Synergy Innovations Venture Capital Fund.

Synergy University Dubai Campus is located in Jumeirah Lakes Towers and is governed through Dubai Multi Commodities Center Authority (DMCC). Furthermore, it is licensed by Dubai Government’s Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) and internationally recognized through various accreditations, most notable of them being the Association of MBAs (AMBA) from the UK.

The workshop will take place in the Shangri La Hotel, Dubai on Monday, November 3, 2014.

Media Contact:

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Australian Ambassador Pablo Kang to address Murdoch Dubai’s graduating class

australian ambassador pablo Kang to address murdoch dubai graduating class Australian Ambassador Pablo Kang to address Murdoch Dubai’s graduating classDubai, UAE: Murdoch University Dubai is set to celebrate the accomplishments of its graduating batch of 2014. The fifth graduation celebration will be held at Zayed University Convention Centre on October 31, 2014 and will be attended by the keynote speaker Mr Pablo Kang, Australian Ambassador to UAE.

Murdoch University Dubai for the third time will be conferring the annual Col. S.P. Wahi Leadership Award to the student who has displayed commendable leadership qualities, in honour of the former Chairman of ONGC – India’s largest Oil and Natural Gas Company, and retired Colonel of the Indian Army Colonel S.P. Wahi. Dubai International Academic City will also be recognising the efforts of the Undergraduate and Postgraduate valedictorians with the DIAC Excellence Awards.

The 2014 batch of undergraduate and postgraduate students are excited to embark on to a new phase of their lives as they join Murdoch Dubai’s growing alumni association of over 515 members which is a part of the Murdoch alumni family, a growing international community of over 65,000 members.

To welcome the graduating batch, the university will also be hosting a gala alumni dinner on November 1, 2014 with Mr Carl Dowling, Vice Chairman of the Australian Business Council in Dubai, as the keynote speaker and guest of honour for the evening.

On this joyous occasion, the entire Murdoch University Community extends hearty congratulations to the graduating class of 2014 and their families.

About Murdoch University Dubai:

Since 2008, Murdoch University Dubai has had an outstanding reputation as a fully accredited Australian university in Dubai providing students with a globally focused education. Murdoch University is ranked 60th in the Times Higher Education ranking of the world’s top 100 universities under 50 years old. Murdoch University has also earned a 5 star graduate employment rating by students in the popular Good Universities Guide 2015. The Murdoch School of Management and Governance, focuses on associating classroom learning with real life experiences which inspire students to apply what they are learning on a daily basis. All programs offered at Murdoch University Dubai are accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality Standards Agency (TEQSA) in Australia and permitted by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), Government of Dubai.


MENA Education Sector must adopt ED-Tech Innovations

mena education sector must adopt ed tech innovations MENA Education Sector must adopt ED Tech InnovationsDubai, UAE: The education sector in the Middle East and North Africa must pay more attention to capital efficiency and innovation rather than rely on incumbent models of learning services in order to keep up with the rest of the world, says a leading education technology expert.

Michael Staton, Partner at Learn Capital, believes the missing piece of the puzzle in the MENA region is early stage capital that supports innovation and is willing to risk failure to create larger success.

Speaking ahead of his participation in the Education Investment MENA conference, running from 10-13 November at the Address Hotel Dubai Mall, he commented: “Private equity and mid/top tier schools are able to grow and expand to meet the growing demand of families. There is, however, very little early stage capital to support innovations not just in school models but also in technology-based services to schools and directly to learners across incomes, life-stages and media preferences.

“I believe that if something should exist, there is a demonstrated market need. The trick is to do the work to track early stage teams, support their growth as entrepreneurs and pick the teams that will win the opportunity. Ed-Tech investors win on team selection in addition to opportunity selection.”

Education Technology (Ed-Tech) is a major theme of the Education Investment MENA conference this year, as increasing numbers of investors see opportunities beyond the traditional premium K-12 space.
Dino Varkey, Group Executive Director and Board Member of GEMS Education, said: “Online education is part and parcel of what we do but I think the future outlook of online education is yet to be determined. Our world is changing fast, making it challenging to forecast the future of this trend with any degree of certainty.

“The perceived challenges of online education might be from the perspective of parents because they are more comfortable with the idea of their children at a school in conventional classrooms and teachers who are physically present. I think this perception about the concept of online education will change but predicting further details remains challenging.”

In partnership with HumanSoft, the four day conference this year will identify how to increase investment in education across the board, from premium K-12 schooling, through to Higher Education, Vocational, Special Educational Needs and Ed-Tech.

HumanSoft is a global company investing and promoting well researched, innovative, technology-driven ventures related to Learning, Human Resources Management and Health Services.

Following a welcome address by Dr Abdulla Al Karam, Chairman and Director General of the Knowledge and Human Development Authority, the opening panel discussion, ‘Positioning the Middle East as a global hub for educational capital,’ will see Dino Varkey joined by Victor Saad, Vice President and Board Member of SABIS® and Svava Bjarnasson, Principal Education Specialist, International Finance Corporation.

Ahead of the conference Saad said: “Educational technology is certainly a main focus of any successful education provider today but our responsibility is to ensure that the disruption to our industry caused by technology is to the benefit of all our stakeholders, and most importantly the students in our schools.

“Our belief is that this can only be done if the aim of new technology is to improve the learning process and outcomes, enhance school efficiency and provide a better platform for communication with stakeholders.”

One of the core challenges in the regional education sector is in making investments into private higher education more viable and finding a model which works well for both the educational institute and the financiers.

Varkey added: “The challenge is typically related to finding alignment of shared values and objectives amongst operators and investors at the outset of the relationship. It is typically the case that private operators tend to have very high valuations of their business, whereas financial investors would naturally have lower expectations.

“Furthermore, the objectives of providers and operators will typically be long term due to the nature of education itself, as opposed to the objectives of financial investors which may typically look at a shorter horizon. It all comes down to whether both parties can find common understanding.”

A series of free to attend Ed-Tech seminars feature on Tuesday 11 and Wednesday 12 November for delegates to explore the latest innovations which can transform teaching methods. Topics include using gamification to deliver fun educational experiences, e-assessments to improve learning results, encouraging school administration to think digitally, and ensuring digital safety.

Education Investment MENA is held in partnership with HumanSoft and supported by Gold sponsors GEMS Education, SABIS® and Laureate International Universities, and Silver sponsors Ryan International Group of Institutions, Clyde & Co, Colliers International and IT School Innovation.

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School fees among top parent woes — KHDA

school fees among top parent woes khda School fees among top parent woes — KHDADubai, UAE: Of the almost 1,000 complaints received by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) this year from parents, the most common was about school fees.

The authority that regulates all private schools in Dubai said it received 948 complaints this academic year, out of which 167 were regarding school fees.

Teacher conduct came second in the list of woes with 149 complaints, while problems related to student admission was third with 130 complaints. Complaints about health and safety (115), school administration affairs (115) and school communication (74) were also in the list.

However, since the introduction of a Parent-School contract by KHDA in 2013, the complaints have shown a 20 per cent decrease this year, Amal Bel Hasa, Chief of Compliance and Resolution Commission at KHDA, told Gulf News.

The contract aims to reduce disputes between parents and schools by outlining each party’s rights and responsibilities.

“Both schools and parents have a better understanding of their rights and responsibilities from the outset, resulting in fewer complaints. More disputes and issues are being discussed and resolved directly between the schools and parents,” she said.

The contract is currently adopted by 24 private schools and 38,624 pupils. This includes 22,885 Emiratis, which accounts for 78 per cent of the Emirati pupil population in Dubai’s private schools.

Amal said the KHDA plans to implement the contract in all the schools within the next five years.

“The Parent-School contracts were designed to increase communication between schools and parents, as well as helping both parties to understand their rights and responsibilities. The contract includes an appeals process, which means more disputes can be resolved directly between the school and parents,” she said.

The contract has added additional terms this year that require students aged above 15 to sign the contract as well.

Speaking to some parents, Gulf News found that school fee issues are in fact among the worst burdens that parents face in Dubai.

“I have two children in grade 5 and 7 and I pay around Dh30,000 annually for each. It is the number one burden I currently have in my life. But that is how it is here, I have accepted it and I see no use in complaining, I just hope my children’s education will allow them to have a successful life,” said Jordanian father Osama Al Haj.

Palestinian mother of three Sara Al Khatib said fees are one of chief concerns she has about her daughter’s schools.

“Fees are an issue and they will always be an issue, but I am currently worried about one of my daughter’s teachers who seem to be not teaching well in class. I have already complained to the school. I also complained about the lack of activities in school,” she said.

Sara, whose daughter is in a school that has implemented the parent-school contract, believes that it is effective especially when it comes to attendance. “I think twice before not sending her to school now, and I am confident that my rights are protected as a parent through the contract.”

Categories that received the least complaints this year include proper admission age applied to specific grade (3 complaints) and education centres facilities (6 complaints).

Amal said the authority will refer the complaints to the relevant body and investigate thoroughly on a case-by-case basis.

© Gulf News


QC and Rota launch QR6mn educational project in Palestine

qc and rota launch qr6mn educational project in palestine QC and Rota launch QR6mn educational project in PalestineQatar Charity (QC) has launched a QR6mn educational project for Palestinians in co-operation with Reach Out to Asia (Rota).

The project aims to improve the quality of education in a number of government schools in the north Palestinian governorates with equal funding from QC and Rota. It will be implemented in collaboration with the Palestinian ministry of education.

QC received a delegation from Rota at its field office in Palestine. The delegation included Zarmina Nasir, director of international programmes and distance education, Ashraf Nasir from international programmes and Mohamed al­-Amri from media, public relations and marketing.

A special ceremony was held in honour of the launch.

Director of QC’s Palestine office Joudat al­-Jamal gave a presentation on the organisation, where they are working in Palestine, the sectors in which they operate, their most important achievements and key local and international partners, focusing on the importance of the partnership between QC and Rota for implementation of the project, which aims to improve the quality of education for students in primary and middle stages.

Nasir praised QC’s efforts to improve education in Palestine, stressing the need to intensify efforts to ensure the success and sustainability of the project.

Dr Saleh Basri, assistant undersecretary at the ministry of education, gave a speech on the reality of education in Palestine in general and in areas of the Jordan valley and suburbs of Jerusalem in particular, which are the focus of this project in light of the fact that they are most vulnerable to Israeli attacks.

Project manager Hudaifa Jalamneh explained that the project consists of five main components: building the capacity and skills of educational staff, fostering a culture of reading among students, using sport to improve learning, promote values and build physical skills, using Arab heritage in the promotion of reading and learning, and providing vocational education to enhance learning options and practical skills.

These components will be implemented according to the project plan, which will continue until the end of September next year.

The project comes within the framework of an agreement signed between QC and Rota last year, requiring the two organisations to work together to improve the quality of education in government schools in the West Bank.

The agreement was signed by Rota executive director Essa al-­Mannai and QC CEO Yousef bin Ahmed al-Kuwari in the presence of officials from the two organisations.

Through its office in Palestine, QC signed an agreement with the Palestinian ministry of education to implement the project of “improving the quality of education in a number of government schools in the northern governorates”.

The project aims to build the capacity of teachers and head teachers in 15 schools, fostering a culture of reading among students, promoting the use of standard Arabic language and developing curricula.

The targeted governorates are Jerusalem, Jericho and the Jordan valley.

© Gulf Times 2014


Paris Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi paticipates in NAJAH

paris sorbonne university abu dhabi hosts 2014 sports banquet Paris Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi paticipates in NAJAHAbu Dhabi, UAE: Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi , PSUAD, is participating at this year’s edition of NAJAH, to showcase the education, training and career sectors in the U.A.E..

The PSUAD administration said that the university’s participation aims to introduce students, academics and those interested in higher education and scientific research, to the university’s various academic programmes. Such participation is key for students to interact with faculty members and benefit from their advice on the considerable options available for them to pursue their studies and achieve their career goals with PSUAD.

“By taking part in NAJAH 2014, PSUAD seeks to provide comprehensive, clear and accessible information about the various undergraduate and graduate programs on offer at the university. The fair is also an opportunity for us to showcase the skills of our students and reflect the integrated roles and responsibilities of public and private institutions and authorities, on the one hand, and the university, on the other,” according to the the PSUAD administration.

The university?s pavilion will be helping students learn about the multiple options for pursuing graduate study at PSUAD. Academic experts will be on hand to offer personalised tips on study tracks, including course requirements and eligibility.

© Emirates News Agency (WAM) 2014.


Minister of Education launches reading campaign

minister of education launches reading campaign Minister of Education launches reading campaignDubai, UAE: The Minister of Education launched a nation-wide reading campaign in public and private schools to support the Arabic language.

The competition will be launched through the ministry’s Twitter account @MOEducationUAE and @MOE_Students from October 30 to November 15.

The first phase of the campaign will consist of two competitions. The first is titled ‘We read, We innovate’, which will target pupils in both the private and public sector, while the second competition will target schools and is titled ‘The flame of reading’. Both competitions aim to strengthen the link of pupils with Arabic language and literature, especially in reading.

Minister of Education Hussain Bin Ebrahim Al Hammadi stressed that the preservation of the Arabic language is among the ministry’s main priorities to meet the directives of President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

“This comes under the directives of His Highness Shaikh Khalifa, who believes that the Arabic language is the essence of our identity, a solid foundation of our nation and is the core of the Arab nation’s identity and form of expression.”

Al Hammadi said the ministry also pays great attention to meeting the directives of His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice- President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. He said: “Shaikh Mohammad said that our role in protecting the Arabic language is an Islamic value and a national duty.”

All public and private schools are invited to take part in the competitions. The first prize in ‘The flame of reading’ competition will be Dh20,000, the second prize will be Dh15,000 and the third Dh10,000.

Al Hammadi said the schools rewarded the first prize will also receive a flaming torch that represents its win for one year, before it passes on to the next winning school. He said the winning schools will be chosen carefully by a group of experienced judges.

As for the pupil competition ‘We read, We innovate’, the pupil who reads the most will be rewarded from each educational level (elementary, primary and high school), with Dh6,000 for the first prize, Dh5,000 for the second, Dh4,000 for the third, Dh3,000 for the fourth and Dh2,000 for the fifth. The winning pupils who read the most will be chosen based on high standards that will be determined through field trips and personal interviews.

The minister issued a circular to all schools to take part in the competition. He also called on ministry officials, education zone officials and parents to encourage pupils to take part in the reading completion and strengthen their Arab identity.

Al Hammadi said that it is also part of the UAE’s national agenda and 2021 vision that aims to make the UAE a centre of excellence for the Arabic language.

He said the ministry is working on achieving this goal, which is part of its strategic plan (2015-2021) through initiatives and projects, teacher training, developing Arabic curriculums, activities and competitions. He also said the Arabic language should be preserved as it is one of the six international official languages of Unesco.

© Gulf News