ADEC Meets with PPP to Assess Progress in Abu Dhabi Schools

07/03/2010

Abu Dhabi:  The Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) met with Public-Private Partnership (PPP) operators today to review the project’s success and challenges.  H.E Dr. Mugheer Khamis Al Khaili, Director General of ADEC, stressed greatly on the significance of this project to the progression and success of Abu Dhabi schools. Today, school operators each presented their finding over the last
academic year as well as educational tools purchased to assist in the development of their programs.

“This project is key to the overall success of ADEC’s 10 Year Strategic Plan,” said H.E. Dr. Mugheer Al Khaili addressing members of ADEC, PPP operators, and representatives from the Abu Dhabi Educational Zone (ADEZ).  “By partnering with private operators and schools, ADEC is giving schools direct access to  individual support and guidance that will help them transform their school to one that delivers the highest levels of education excellence,” he added.  The PPP began in 2006 as an ADEC initiative designed to use the expertise of private school operators in enhancing public schools operations.  PPP operators now look after 176 school in the city of Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, and Al Gharbia.

The objectives set out for the PPP are in direct correlation with ADEC’s main objectives to prepare students for a knowledge based economy as well as learn and preserve the United Arab Emirate’s rich culture and heritage. Private operator teams work onsite at schools to support enhanced teaching methods and higher curriculum standards.  Current operators include: CfBT Education LLC, Sabis, Mosaica, Nord Anglia, Cognition, School Improvement Partners (SIP), Specialist Schools and Academy Trust (SSAT), Beaconhouse, and TaaleemEdisonLearning (TEL).

Since integrating operators into schools, there has been a considerable rise in student and teacher attendance and grades specifically in English, Math, and Arabic language skills.  Operators mainly focus on student development through a variety of teaching strategies that excites and educates the student.  The new curriculum focuses not only on core subjects but also on extracurricular activities and programs and that help nurture students’ leadership and teamwork skills.

Operators also focus on school staff and their development. Principals, vice-principals, and middle management all receive professional development courses tailored for each individual through the PPP initiative.  Operators also prepare them for the IELTS, an English language competency exam required by the council.