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His Excellency Mr. Mohammad Salem Al Dhaheri, Executive Director of School Operations at the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC), said that educational awards help promote creativity and excellence in all areas of education.

The Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Distinguished Academic Performance is a prestigious award that promotes performance development among students, teachers and administrative staff in schools, he added.

According to Mr. Al Dhaheri, ADEC is keen to submit as many nominations as possible in this year’s edition.

Preparations started early last School Year 2013-2014 through organizing several specialised training workshops for the preparation of Award files and best means of documentation. Listing names of participants started early this school year in coordination with school award coordinators due to the large number of applicants.

Out of 3200 applications received by ADEC, 1087 projects were submitted to the refereeing committees which approved 120 projects. With most applications targeting the Student Category, projects included educational initiatives applied in ADEC.

“ADEC is always keen to encourage schools in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and the Western Region to participate in such key educational award that has earned good reputation at both Arab and international levels,” added Mr. Al Dhaheri.

“Schools were encouraged to participate in various award categories and several training workshops were organized to help applicants acquire the necessary skills to prepare and submit their projects. In addition, winners of awards from previous cycles also offered their assistance to applicants,” said Mr. Al Dhaheri.

Circulars, posters, and nomination guides on the 17th edition were distributed to all public and private schools.

Adhoc refereeing committees organized a number of training sessions on various award categories i.e. Student, Teacher and Research. The sessions aimed to brief applicants about award criteria and best practices. As a result, these events helped facilitate committee activities as applicants followed instructions given during training.

The Award Coordination Office held four training sessions for the Excellent Student Category, two for the Excellent Teacher Category, one for the Social Worker Category, one for Applied Project Category, one for the Excellent School Administration Category, one for the Excellent Family Category and one for the Research Category.

Total number of participations in the 17th edition is as follows:

Categories and number of participants: 88 Students, 15 Teachers, 2 Specialists, 1 School Administration, 4 Family, 0 Project, 8 Research, 0 Best Invention, 0 Best Teacher and 2 Oldest Adult Learner.

There are 120 participants with 62 from  Abu Dhabi, 47 from Al Ain and 11 from Al Gharbia.