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Training gives teachers a student’s perspective

United Arab Emirates: Tuesday, February 17 - 2009 @ 15:42

The Leadership Academy, one of 8 projects of Tawteen, which is a programme of the Emirates Foundation, will see up to 700 Emirati students and graduates attend over 20 experiential leadership camps in Ras Al Khaimah and Abu Dhabi.

Tawteen invited the teachers to undertake the course and experience the same training curriculum that will be offered to the students, in an effort to develop stronger ties between Tawteen and the UAE’s academic institutions.

On completing the training course, Nalini Malhotra a teacher from the training programme said:

“To have the opportunity to experience the training at first hand and to undertake the same activities the students is a significant development. It means that, as teachers, we will be able to better relate to what our students experience on these courses. It will help us to promote to the students the importance of further training to complement their studies.”

In addition to being introduced to a wide range of leadership theories, the teachers also took part in number of training activities, which have been specifically designed to introduce and reinforce leadership qualities and skills. All of the teachers that completed the Leadership training course graduated with a formal Level 2 Certificate in Team Leading from the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM), the UK’s largest management training body.

Launched in 2007 as an initiative of the Emirates foundation, Tawteen works with a number of private sector partners to help young Emiratis unlock their potential and build career pathways to private sector employment. In order to meet this objective, Tawteen implements and manages a number of different development projects, which aim to address specific gaps in private sector employment and the unique employment needs and challenges that exist within the UAE.

Khuloud Al Nuwais, Emirates Foundation Projects Director said: “In order to help young Emiratis acquire the relevant skills and mindset for future employment in the private sector, we are committed to developing strong relationships with educational and private sector organisations.”

The fact that these teachers have taken the time to experience the same training course as the students is an example of the developing awareness, within academia, that working in partnership with organisations such as Tawteen can support and supplement education. This is good news for the students and their future careers, but importantly it is good news for the continued growth and development of the UAE,” she concluded.

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