Abu Dhabi Education Council Holds Cultural Orientation for New Native English Speaking Teachers

07/02/2010

Abu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) held an orientation session for 30 new native English speaking teachers from Australia, the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States of America. The orientation session informed the latest recruits about the unique culture, heritage and traditions of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as well as the educational policy, strategies and curriculum applied in Abu Dhabi schools.

H.E. Dr Mugheer Khamis Al-Khaili, Director General of ADEC, lauded the tremendous support provided by H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of UAE and Ruler of Abu Dhabi, H.H. General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and the Chairman of ADEC, and H.H. Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Presidential Affairs and Deputy Chairman of ADEC.
“Under the guidance of our prudent leadership, the Government of Abu Dhabi has articulated a clear vision for the future of the emirate that relies on a knowledge-based economy - this requires an entrepreneurial workforce that we are building through our education system”, H.E. Dr. Al Khaili said.
As part of ADEC’s 10-year Strategic Plan, the improvement of bilingual skills of all students is central to helping students reach their learning goals and become productive members of the workforce and society. Recruiting native English speaking teachers has been identified as a key priority in achieving Abu Dhabi’s educational goals and fulfilling ADEC’s efforts to deliver quality education and excellence in schools across the emirate.
“With our Strategic Plan now being activated, we are already building the bilingual skills of our students and with ongoing transformation we aim to remove the need for foundation programs for students entering university - proficiency in both Arabic and English is key “, H.E Dr. Al Khaili said.
“I welcome all teachers, new and existing, to a new an era of education in Abu Dhabi and look forward to working closely with them to achieve a high quality education system” Dr Al-Khaili said. “We recognize the important role played by teachers in a student’s learning experiences and future success and that is why we are taking serious initiatives to make sure all our teachers are of highest standards but this will not be at the cost of our culture and heritage which is why this orientation session is so important” he added.
During the orientation session, the history, features and characteristics of Abu Dhabi were highlighted. The achievements that made Abu Dhabi become one of the most important capitals in the region and continent, were also presented. ADEC representatives also provided teachers with an overview of the whole educational system in the emirate, including information about schools, students and parents as well as ADEC’s vision, mission, goals and challenges.