Abu Dhabi (WAM)
H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and Chairman of the Education and Human Resources Council, chaired the council’s meeting, which was held via remote visual communication technology.
At the beginning of the meeting, His Highness extended a greeting of thanks and appreciation to all students, parents, teachers, teaching and administrative staff, and educational authorities and institutions in all the country for the honorable results they achieved at the end of the academic year 2020-2021, after they demonstrated their keenness to continue the march of progress and prosperity in the country and their continuity in Improving the educational process at all levels, under the current circumstances.
His Highness added: “I congratulate our first and outstanding children and their parents for their achievement and academic excellence, which came as a result of diligence and perseverance, and the cooperation of families with educational institutions, during this exceptional period, and I wish them more excellence and success in their academic career and working life.”
His Highness was briefed on the developments of the educational authorities’ plans for the next academic year 2021-2022 and the mechanisms and efforts to ensure the return of students to the normal situation in the classroom, which contributes to enhancing their skills, abilities and stock of knowledge, within a safe and healthy school environment with high levels of efficiency, stressing the importance of following the highest standards Safety and precautionary and preventive measures.
His Highness called for continuing to intensify efforts to urge all workers in government and private educational facilities, parents and students to receive the Covid-19 vaccine, to ensure their safety and the safety of our students.
His Excellency Hussain bin Ibrahim Al Hammadi, Minister of Education, reviewed, during the meeting, the national policy for child protection in educational institutions in the country, which was developed in line with the Child Rights Law “Wadeema” and its executive regulations and international agreements in this regard, stressing that the policy reflects the keenness of the UAE and the rational leadership. To put in place the necessary mechanisms and procedures to protect the child, preserve his rights, and enhance his well-being. His Excellency touched on the principles and objectives of the policy, which is concerned with providing a safe school environment free of violence in all its forms, through an integrated system that includes procedures and mechanisms that would protect the child’s physical and psychological health and maintain the highest intellectual, educational and moral levels for children.
His Excellency pointed out that the policy established a clear system for reporting and responding to cases of suspected child abuse or infringement of their rights, and defined mechanisms for providing protection, social and psychological support and aftercare for child abuse cases, such as psychological, health and social services, as well as ways to promote positive behavior among children. And procedures to raise the efficiency of all educational workers in the field of child protection.
His Excellency explained that the Ministry is working with educational authorities, institutions and concerned authorities in the country to activate the policy in the next academic year, through specific roles and responsibilities for all concerned parties, to ensure the safety of children in schools, and contribute to strengthening the competitive position of the state in children’s rights.
For her part, Her Excellency Jamila bint Salem Musabah Al Muhairi, Minister of State for Public Education Affairs and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Emirates Foundation for School Education, reviewed the latest developments in the implementation of the operational policy of the continuing education system during the “Covid-19” pandemic period.
Her Excellency touched on the continuing education tracks in the policy targeting learners who did not complete formal education due to different circumstances and chose to return to complete their education. Her Excellency referred to the most prominent results of converting continuing education paths to a distance learning system during the “pandemic” period, and its major role in enriching the digital skills of learners.
Her Excellency reviewed the Foundation’s plans to complete this success during the next academic year through an integrated digital system for the continuing education system.
The meeting was attended by Hussain bin Ibrahim Al Hammadi, Minister of Education, Jamila bint Salem Musabih Al Muhairi, Minister of State for Public Education Affairs, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Emirates Foundation for School Education, HE Nasser bin Thani Al Hamli, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation, HE Abdullah bin Touq Al Marri, Minister of Economy, and HE Dr. Ahmed bin Abdullah Humaid Belhoul Al Falasi, Minister of State for Entrepreneurship and Small and Medium Enterprises, Her Excellency Shamma bint Suhail bin Faris Al Mazrouei, Minister of State for Youth Affairs, Her Excellency Sarah bint Youssef Al Amiri, Minister of State for Advanced Technology, Secretary General of the Council, His Excellency Zaki Anwar Nusseibeh, Cultural Adviser to His Highness the President of the State and Supreme President of the United Arab Emirates University, and Her Excellency Sarah Awad Issa Musallam, Head of the Department of Education and Knowledge – Abu Dhabi, Dr. Abdullah Muhammad Al Karam, Director General of the Knowledge and Human Development Authority – Dubai, Dr. Muhadtha Yahya Al Hashemi, Head of the Private Education Authority – Sharjah, and Muhammad Khalifa Al Nuaimi, Director of the Education Affairs Office at the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince’s Court.