During the 2012/2013 school year, the Tamkeen programme served 248 schools, delivering a total of over 300,000 hours of training to school leaders and teachers in ADEC government schools.
In a statement issued to the press, Mohammad Salem Al-Dhaheri, ADEC’s Executive Director of School Operations, said, “High quality professional development for teachers and school leaders is an essential component of the New School Model and ADEC reform efforts. Professional development supports the development and growth of the National workforce and ensures sustainability and high-quality education for the future.
“ADEC will continue to engage school leaders, teachers, parents and all concerned stakeholders in the development of their schools in efforts to foster student learning and growth as well as keep everyone updated on some of the newest teaching and learning methods as per 21st century education benchmarks with great consideration to the UAE identity and culture,” he explained.
For the 2013/2014 school year, the Tamkeen programme has provided training on a range of topics, including: ICT, Special Education Needs, Positive Behavior Management, Promoting Student Engagement, Teacher Evaluation, and School Improvement Planning. Additionally, the Tamkeen programme provided specialized training for teachers, school leaders, and ADEC personnel, to support the introduction of the New School Model into grade 6 (Cycle Two), in the upcoming school year.
During the June/July period, education advisors and some English medium teachers received intensive specialised training to prepare them to support and implement the new curriculum for Maths and Science in the New School Model. Teachers of Arabic for sixth grade students also received a full week of intensive specialised training.
During the 2013/2014 school year, an additional ten schools will be added to the Tamkeen programme, ensuring that all ADEC teachers and school leaders have the opportunity to access high-quality training which is aligned to ADEC goals and priorities.