Adek signs agreements with six government entities for community schools expansion

Posted on 2nd October 2018

Adek signs agreements with six government entities for community schools expansion
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According to *Tradearabia news report, the Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (Adek) has signed agreements with six government entities for the expansion of community schools.

The government entities include the departments of health; urban planning and municipality; community development; culture and tourism besides the Abu Dhabi Police department and Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019.

The agreement was signed by Adek’s undersecretary Dr Yousif Al Sheryani with Mohamed Al Hameli, the undersecretary at the DoH; Mubarak Obaid Al Daheri, undersecretary of the Department of Urban Planning and Municipalities; Dr Mugheer Al Khaili, Department of Community Development; Major General Maktoum Ali Al Sharifi, Director-General of Abu Dhabi Police; Saif Saeed Ghobash, Undersecretary of DCT and Khalfan Al Mazrouei, Managing Director of Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019.

The move is aimed at providing new programmes and activities to develop the community schools project, and optimise the use of school infrastructures and facilities, remarked Adek Chairman Dr Ali Al Nuaimi at the signing ceremony.

On the importance of the MoUs, Dr Al Nuaimi said: "It is with great pleasure that we witness such a pivotal agreement, that comes in line with our prudent leadership’s vision to create an innovative, stimulating and unified learning environment for the community at large, one that helps build human capital, while driving the economy forward."

A steering committee, consisting of strategic stakeholders and partners, and chaired by Adek, will be formed to oversee and develop community schools strategies and action plans, he added.

Sheikh Abdulla Bin Mohamed Al Hamed, the chairman of the DoH; Dr Mugheer Al Khaili, the chairman of the DCD and Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of the Department of Culture and Tourism attended the event.

"The community school activities and programmes help children develop their skills and capabilities, and enable parents to follow up on their children’s progress. Community schools will develop programmes that support people of determination and talents in various fields," said the top Adek official.

"We aim to turn community schools into cultural and social hub, as these schools help build healthier community ties through exploring and nurturing talents, and promoting personal skills and family interaction," he added.

Dr Al Sheryani stressed the important strategic partnerships signed with the six different entities, with an emphasis on exposing students and the community at large and providing diverse educational learning experiences.

"Today’s MoU’s provide new and exciting opportunities for students, teachers, parents and the community at large, who will not only become part of an intellectual social and cultural hub, but will also be given the opportunity to select activities and projects they are passionate about. The move will increase engagement amongst community members, while bridging the gap between entities, thus providing learning experiences that will further elevate the UAE’s national identity, culture and heritage."

As part of the agreement, DCT Abu Dhabi will provide schools with integrated reading corners and library services, through the provision of electronic books. Workshops, reading competitions, and creative activities will also be carried out by DCT Abu Dhabi throughout the emirate, said the senior official.

During the event, Adek announced plans to transform more public schools into community schools, increasing the number to 30 schools by 2020 in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Al Dhafra, he added.

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