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UAE Ministry of Education hosts ‘Talent Development Seminar’

The UAE Ministry of Education (MOE) held a seminar under the title ‘Talent Development Programs in UAE’ at the InterContinental Dubai Festival City Hotel. The seminar took place in the presence of H.E. Dahi Khalfan Tamim, Deputy Chairman of Dubai Police and Public Security and Chairman of the Emirates Association for the Talented; H.E. Humaid Mohammed Obaid Al Qatami, Minister of Education; H.E. Ali Mehad Ali Al Suwaidi, Acting Undersecretary of the Ministry of Education, Assistant to Private Education Sector; H.E. Fawzia Hassan Gharib, Assistant Undersecretary for Educational Operations; and H.E. Dr. Abdullatif Al Shamsi, Director General of the Institutes of Applied Technology; as well as a large number of educational leaders, officials and managers of central administrations and educational districts.

Participants at the seminar recommended the need to adopt a strategy and a development plan to discover and nurture talented students, while at the same time provide support and strengthen the MoE’s efforts in this vital field. The seminar’s audience called on all institutions and associations under the aegis of the ‘talented,’ to unite around the MoE’s initiative. Attendees also stressed on the need to integrate roles and define a vision to be adopted, implemented and supervised by the Ministry with the support of all concerned parties. The move is expected to be enriched by the benefit of global successful experiences and the investment in citizenship skills by the implementation of the development programs for gifted and creative people.

Commenting on the seminar, H.E. Humaid Mohammed Obeid Al Qatami, Minister of Education, said that the UAE has undertaken important and tangible steps to discover and nurture talented people. He pointed out that nurturing the ‘gifted’ and creative people and providing them with education and knowledge to become scientists and leaders of the future, is a topic of great importance that occupies the minds of many. It will help establish reliable partnerships for them especially along with the efforts of the MoE, Abu Dhabi Education Council and the Boards of Education, Associations, Agencies and Departments of Excellence Awards.

In his speech, H.E. Al Qatami mentioned that H.E. Dahi Khalfan Tamim was among the first initiators who have expressed interest in developing the talented and creative people with his interest being placed in action through remarkable contributions and efforts from the Association of the Gifted. The Association has compiled its ideas and recommendations in a letter that was submitted to H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai. Upon receiving the letter, Sheikh Mohammed ordered the MoE to realize the vision that the letter describes as the ‘beginning a new era of education.’ The proposal suggests developing and nurturing the talent and creating gifted students in the country’s schools. This letter has been – as H.E. Al Qatami described it, “the real beginning of the seminar on ‘talent development’.”
H.E. Dhahi Khalfan Tamim praised the Ministry’s achievement which aims to secure a comprehensive care for the talented and creative people. At the same time, he called to set-up a Center for Talents in the UAE to be supervised and monitored by the Ministry under the unified efforts of various ministries and relevant associations, further reinforcing its role as an integrated department of the MoE aimed at encouraging talents and innovation among UAE’s citizens.

The sessions concluded with an overview on the creative programs organized by the MoE. Meanwhile, Noura Al Marri, Director, Department of Special Education, has affirmed through a submitted paper, the importance of having an integrated system to

plan and nurture the talented and created students based on the initiative of the ‘Government Creativity Lab’ of the Ministry, within the range of other development initiatives.

Professor Sharifah Hafsah, Vice President of the University Kebangsaan in Malaysia presented features of its talent and excellence program and the philosophical framework and policies that it follows. One of the notable speakers, Professor Abdullah Aljgyeman reviewed the latest trends and the best practices applicable globally for the ‘gifted’ and underlined the importance of the existence of legislation for care and realistic applied programs and institutional protection programs. In addition, Nuria Mohammed Ishaq, Professor at the University Kebangsaan in Malaysia, presented a documentary on the experience of its university’s National Talent Center.

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