ADEC receives the Omani Ministry of Education delegation
Abu Dhabi, June 20th 2013: H.E. Dr. Mugheer Khamis Al-Khaili, Director General of the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC), received a delegation from the Omani Ministry of Education.
The meeting was attended by H.E. Mr. Mohammed Salem Al Dhaheri, ADEC’s Executive Director of School Operations and Ms. Salama Al-Amimi, Head of Organizational Development & Excellence office and a number of ADEC Division Mangers.
The Omani delegation was headed by Mr. Moosa Bin Ali Al-Hina’ei, Director General of the Directorate General of Education in the Buraimi Governorate and included Mr. Abdullah Bin Ali Al-Nuaimi, Division Manager of HR Development Buraimi; Mr. Hakam Bin Salem Al-Faresi, Division Manager of HR Development, Al-Dhahera; Mr. Salem Bin Mohammad Al-Nabhani, Division Manager of Educational Assessment, Al-Dakhilia; Ms. Moza Bint Mohammad Al-Nuaimia, Educational Media Specialist; Mr. Saed Bin Saeed Al-Ghaferi, Mathematics Senior Advisor; Ms. Moza Bint Abdullah Al-Khamisania, Biology Advisor; Ms. Safiya Bint Rashed Al-Deghaisi, Deputy Director of Educational Supervision Office, Samael; Mr. Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Hamad Al-Wahshi, Vice Principal; Ms. Badriya Bint Ali Al-Mamaria, School Principal and Mr. Naser Bin Ali Al-Busaeidi, Vice Principal.
The aim of the visit was to share ADEC’s knowledge and expertise related to development of education, student assessment strategies, means of strengthening mutual cooperation, exam development, printing, marking and reports, professional development programs and means of motivating qualified teachers.
During the meeting, Mr. Al-Hina’ei delivered a presentation titled “Education in Oman towards a Comprehensive System of Quality”. Moreover, a presentation was given by Dr. Karima Al Mazroui, ADEC's Curriculum Division Manager, to shed light on several issues related to ADEC’s New School Model.
Ms Al-Amimi discussed several issues to include mechanisms of motivating teachers, assessment for all grade levels and administrative and teaching staff professional development programs.
Dr. Al-Khaili emphasized the importance of these regional and international visits in promoting the educational processes and improving the performance of students. “This visit is an opportunity to exchange knowledge and expertise and discuss ways to carry out a comprehensive educational reform in line with best international standards, especially since the GCC countries share the same goals and vision and face similar challenges,” he added.
Dr. Al-Khaili discussed with the delegation the importance of conducting international tests such as TIMS and PILRLS to assess student performance and identify strengths and weaknesses as well as common challenges and obstacles facing the teaching and learning process.
The Omani delegation met with staff from the Mubarak Bin Mohammad, Al-Mushrif and Al-Dhabianya Schools, where they attended classes and were briefed on the curriculum and advanced means of instruction.
Mr. Al-Hana’ei said that Abu Dhabi schools enjoy state-of-the art designs, as well as high quality teaching. “I am impressed by the highly qualified staff, modern school facilities, pedagogical strategies, and attractive learning environment and PD programs,” he added.
He added: “We have benefitted from the Abu Dhabi experience as Oman is willing to provide schools with modern facilities to cope with global changes in this regard.”
Al-Hana’ei added that this visit gave us the chance to share experiences; educational models and knowledge transfer that would help promote education in the GCC.
Mr. Al-Dhaheri said that the NSM has achieved concrete results since its launch in 2010. “The NSM focuses on creating bi-literate students, providing them with an attractive, efficient, sustainable learning environment, maintaining student health, safety and wellness, delivering high-quality educational programs and services, recruiting highly qualified school staff, as well as introducing technology-based learning resources,” he concluded.
About Abu Dhabi Education Council:
Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) was established in accordance with law No. 24 of 2005, issued by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, the UAE President, the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces and the Ruler of Abu Dhabi. The Chairman of ADEC is H.H. Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and the Vice-Chairman is H.H. Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, Minister of Presidential Affairs. The Council seeks to develop education and educational institutions in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, implement innovative educational policies, plans and programs that aim to improve education, and support educational institutions and staff to achieve the objectives of national development in accordance with the highest international standards.