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The Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) organized a one-day orientation session for newly hired teachers who will be joining Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and the Western Region schools during the 2016/2017 academic school year.

During the orientation session, His Excellency Dr. Ali Al Nuaimi, ADEC’s Director General addressed a welcoming speech to more than 600 teachers who ranged from Emirati’s, English Medium Teachers to Arabic Medium teachers, who will be working in different schools across the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

During his welcoming speech, His Excellency offered the room full of teachers an overview on some of ADEC’s milestones, projects, activities and accomplishments, while offering an overall synopsis on the education sector across the Emirate. “The Abu Dhabi Education Council has embarked on an extremely new reform project aiming to be recognised as a world class education system that supports all learners to reach their full potential and be prepared to meet the global challenges.”

ADEC’s Director General spoke about the Abu Dhabi School Model, which he explained is designed to encourage, enhance and develop thinking skills among children in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

“The curriculum focuses on a student’s thinking skills, problem solving skills and communication skills, and is designed to enhance a students’ performance to reach international levels, which is exactly why we require teachers such as yourselves, to understand and implement the curriculum in classrooms,” explained Dr. Al Nuaimi.

ADEC’s Director General added that ADEC is keen to support existing and new teachers as well as non-teaching staff through providing continuous professional development programs that enable them to acquire skills and capabilities to apply the latest pedagogies.

“To coincide with the Abu Dhabi Economic vision 2030, ADEC supports the vision through direct contributions to the Emirate’s social and human development and the creation of a sustainable, knowledge-based economy in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi,” he added.

Each year, the orientation session helps new teachers gain knowledge about ADEC’s standards and practices as well as identifies their duties and responsibilities in order to ensure a smooth workflow across schools.

Teachers were also given detailed information on their roles as part of the Abu Dhabi School Model, their professional expectations, teacher performance standards, as well as tips on getting started, fitting in and making it work. They were briefed on the UAE’s national identity, alongside cultural norms, values and expectations.

Entitlements such as leaves and allowances, as well as code of conduct and professional support were also amongst the topics discussed during the all-day session.

“Thank you for assisting us in achieving our vision. We are excited to have you here and are looking forward to an enjoyable experience and a high level of engagement and performance in schools,” concluded His Excellency.