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Qudwa focuses on teachers role in nation’s development

ABU DHABI: This year’s Qudwa will shed light on the critical role teachers play in the economic, cultural and social development of the nation, Minister of Education Hussain Ebrahim Al Hammadi said on Saturday.

Qudwa 2017, an educational platform for educators, will focus on connecting teachers with their peers from around the world, to share knowledge and insight that will both empower and inspire their development, Al Hammadi said.
“We look forward to the outcomes of Qudwa 2017, which we believe will help advance and elevate the teaching profession, not only in the UAE, but in the region and around the world,” the minister said.
The Education Affairs Office of Crown Prince Court of Abu Dhabi announced on Saturday the list of partners of the second edition of the global teachers’ forum “Qudwa 2017”, which will be held under the patronage of His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council.
Dr Ali Rashid Al Nuaimi, Chairman of the Department of Education and Knowledge (Adek) said: “The agenda of the forum mirrors the directives of Shaikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, which consider teachers to be national treasures, possessing great honesty and a noble mission. We cherish their central role in building minds and preparing future generations.”

“This year’s forum is of great importance, especially since at the beginning of this new academic year, we embarked on the implementation of a unified national educational system that will enhance the development process and serve to fulfil the future strategy of the UAE. This second edition of Qudwa will inspire and motivate each teacher to develop tools for transferring knowledge and building minds and talents of the future generation,” Al Nuaimi said.
The Education Affairs Office of Crown Prince Court of Abu Dhabi has collaborated with several strategic partners that include Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the Varkey Foundation, Teach for All, Google for Education, Edraak, an initiative of the Queen Rania Foundation (QRF); Microsoft; McKinsey and Company; and Arc Skills.
Local partners include Ministry of Education, Department of Education and Knowledge (Adek), Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), Sharjah Education Council (SEC) and Abu Dhabi Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (Actvet).

Mubarak Saeed Al Shamsi, Director General of Actvet said: “Our institute applies an advanced and flexible strategy in line with the directives of the leadership of the UAE. The education sector is witnessing many rapid developments in terms of increasing the number of specialisations and techniques used to train teachers and to provide students with the type of knowledge that will be critical to future success.”
Qudwa 2017 forum provides a special dimension to this process of excellence by placing the teacher at the centre of the equation.
“Teachers are the key element in determining the success and excellence of any educational institution. We hope that Qudwa will continue to provide new experiences and levels of expertise to teachers in the UAE and to position our nation at the forefront of other countries committed to building their development on a sustainable basis,” said Dr Abdulla Al Karam, Director General of KHDA.

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