Saturday 20 October 2018

Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan

900 professionals for Qudwa teachers’ forum

ABU DHABI, October 3, 2017

A total 900 education professionals from over 80countries are expected to take part in the upcoming Qudwa 2017 Global Teachers’ Forum in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

The second edition of the forum themed ‘Teaching for the Future' will take place on October 7 and 8 at the Emirates Palace.

Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, will deliver a keynote speech on the first day of the event.

Sheikh Abdullah said: "The UAE spares no effort in helping its young people unlock their creative abilities and in empowering them to achieve their full potential so that they can lead their country towards a prosperous future for generations to come. The UAE is proud of its global reputation as a visionary nation and an incubator for future ideas aimed at developing human capabilities and building a society that is rich in knowledge, science and culture.”

“The role of teachers as role models for all generations shall not change regardless of what tools and techniques science and technology may create to facilitate the learning process. These are only means to enable teachers to engage the new generation that uses different methods to acquire knowledge, but still needs a human being to look up to, to instil values and ethics, to stimulate creativity, and to drive home the importance of contributing to the advancement of society,” he added.

During the forum, renowned speakers, including several leading UAE officials, will highlight the country's achievements in the education sector in line with the National Agenda of the UAE Vision 2021. On the first day, Hussain Ibrahim Al Hammadi, Minister of Education, will deliver a special address on the country’s progress in developing its education system throughout its history.

A series of sessions titled Meet the Mentor is set to host, among other eminent prominent personalities, Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, Minister of State for Federal National Council Affairs, who will elaborate on how to empower students with critical thinking, innovation and cultural skills as part of the digital revolution. Meanwhile, Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi, Minister of State for Tolerance, will discuss the role of teachers in formulating initiatives that enrich the cultural and scientific content of the UAE’s National Tolerance Programme.

On the second day, Jameela bint Salem Al Muhairi, Minister of State for Public Education and Dr Ali Al Nuaimi, chairman, Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge, will participate in a plenary session on equality in education to deliver on Sustainable Development Goal 4. The session will also host Julia Gillard, chair of the Global Partnership for Education and former Prime Minister of Australia. Dr Amal Belhoul, community affairs advisor at the Watani Al Emarat Foundation, will explore the role of teachers in instilling a sense of identity, belonging and connectedness in students.

The list of international speakers at Qudwa 2017 includes Michael Horn, co-founder and distinguished fellow of Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation, a US-based non-profit think tank, who will address the topics of teaching for tomorrow and reinventing education on the first day of the event.

In a plenary address to Qudwa teachers on Day 2, Ron Clark, Founder of the pioneering Ron Clark Academy in the US will argue why environments that prioritise academic rigour and discipline, while celebrating self-expression and creativity, should serve as benchmarks for the way teachers teach and students learn. – TradeArabia News Service


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