Teaching candidates have received their completion certificates after a 16-week long intensive teaching program

The Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) in partnership with the Abu Dhabi Human Resources Authority (HRA) and the Emirates College for Advanced Education (ECAE), awarded 26 potential Emirati public school teachers their “Edaad Completion Certificates” during a ceremony to mark their participation in a 16-week-long intensive teaching program.

The initiative is part of the ‘Eedad 2017’ Program in its 3rd edition, which was launched to provide potential Emirati public school teachers a platform to enroll in teaching positions across public schools in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

During their intense training program, delivered by ECAE’s Continuing Education Centre, candidates were offered the opportunity to develop their teaching skills through participating in learning more about the different teaching techniques, effective practices required in the field of lesson preparation, as well as educational concepts and classroom management.

Following their training program, the potential teaching candidates will undergo an ADEC assessment process which will determine teaching specialties that best suit their qualifications for the 2017-2018 academic school year.

The Eedad Program was initially launched as part of an Emiratization plan to train and guide candidates for educational jobs across ADEC schools, while providing potential candidates different job opportunities in education.

Since its initiation in 2013, the Eedad Program has helped contribute to the development of the candidates’ teaching skills as per labor market needs, while exposing them to different challenges and/or obstacles in a usual school environment.

During the 2017 Eedad Ceremony, Dr. Mohamed Baniyas, ADEC’s Higher Education Executive Director, lauded efforts exerted by the Emirates College for Advanced Education (ECAE), which he described as “a healthy and fruitful partnership that continues to grow due to its solid and unified vision, mission and goal to come up with the best possible solutions for candidates with potential”. Dr. Baniyas went on to further explain that all parties concerned worked tediously to ensure candidates are equipped and qualified to teach.

“ADEC’s priority area is to ensure quality education is offered to all school students alike, and in order to ensure this is achieved, it is of pivotal importance to recruit qualified and competent educators, who are flexible to an education reform and who have background information on ADEC’s Abu Dhabi School Model, which structures the way for all public schools, while ensuring a smooth and rewarding transition for schools.”

Dr. Baniyas congratulated the 3rd batch of Eedad graduates, praising their hard work and efforts during the program. “Your role from here onwards is of crucial importance, for it is through you that the education council can move forward. The experience and exposure you have gained in this teacher training program, has prepared you to help equip our youth with various innovative skills, talents and learnings, in line with our aspirations to prepare students to take part in a competitive workforce in the future. We look forward to watching you grow, and to hearing that our students are in good hands.”

Dr. Arif Al Hammadi Chairman of ECAE Board of Trustees emphasized the importance of the teacher’s role in an education system. He added that continuous professional development of teachers is one of the key elements of advanced education as it helps them acquire the necessary knowledge and expertise that qualify them for an outstanding teaching experience.

Dr. Al Hammadi lauded the strong partnership between ADEC and ECAE, emphasizing the importance of such collaboration in the training and development of teachers. The Continuing Education Centre at ECAE has developed and desgined the “Eedad” program this year to provide potential Emirati teachers with the opportunity to develop their teaching and pedagogical skills using an integrated and comprehensive methodology, in addition to equipping them with the necessary competencies that enable them to learn and apply highest professional standards, while adhering to the values and culture of the UAE.

“ECAE fully supports the goals of ADEC striving to raise the numbers of Emirati teachers and attract more locals to join the education sector,” concluded Dr. Al Hammadi.

In the 1st Eedad edition launched in 2013, 37 candidates successfully completed the same training program, while 35 of them were appointed in Abu Dhabi schools. During the 2nd edition in 2015, 51 candidates successfully completed the training program and 43 were appointed to work in Abu Dhabi schools.

The Emirates College for Advanced Education (ECAE) is an Abu Dhabi Government higher education institution affiliated with the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC). The College is committed to play a key role in the development of school education in Abu Dhabi, while providing educators with world-class education and professional development programs. (ECAE) offers various tracks in its graduate programs and provides specialized support for professional development through its research Centres, in addition to the Continuing Education Centre (CEC).

ECAE’s Continuing Education Centre (CEC) was established in 2007 to offer professional development and training programs in accordance with latest international practices. The aim of the Centre is to provide educators with sustainable professional development, enabling them to drive the educational reform process in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. Licensed by ACTVET, the Centre delivers various professional programs, which empowers participating school practitioners and leaders to access latest developments in the field.

– ADEC Media