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About ADEK

On the 10th of September 2005, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Supreme Commander of UAE Armed Forces, Ruler of Abu Dhabi issued Law No. 24 of 2005, by which the Abu Dhabi Education Council (currently known as the Department of Education and Knowledge) was established. In September 2017, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE changed the name of the Abu Dhabi Education Council to become the Department of Education and Knowledge by Royal Decree. Accordingly, Law No. 9 of 2018 was issued to declare the establishment of the Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK) in order to replace Abu Dhabi Education Council.

ADEK’s main role is to develop the education system in Abu Dhabi, and promote a culture of creativity, sustainability and excellence, with focus on developing human, social and economic capabilities.

As per Law No. (9) for 2018, ADEK seeks to achieve its objectives through the following mandates:
 
  • Develop the strategies and action plans for the education sector in the emirate, approve these plans by the Executive Council and monitor implementation process. 
  • Monitor the commitment of all entities under the Department of Education and Knowledge in implementing education sector’s strategic and action plans.
  • Monitor and supervise expenses, revenues, commitment to duties and mandates, and endorsement of strategic and implementation plans of all entities under the Department of Education and Knowledge.
  • Regulate the education sector through developing policies, standards, systems, resolutions, operational and executive circulars.
  • Monitor the education sector in accordance with applicable by-laws, agreements, and MOUs with local and international stakeholders, in coordination with the concerned entities.
  • License all private education entities and monitor their commitment to provide a high-quality service in accordance with current regulations and in coordination with other stakeholders.
  • Recommend fees, charges and rates, and submit the same to the Executive Council for approval in accordance with the applicable procedures.
  • Develop periodic reports and study analysis about issues related to the Department of Education and Knowledge mandates and report them to Abu Dhabi Executive Office.
  • Encourage investment and partnerships with private sector for projects relevant to the Department of Education and Knowledge.mandates and in coordination with other stakeholders. 
  • Other mandates or tasks assigned by the Executive Council.

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