ADEC: 1,500 Emirati educators recruited
03/01/2015 9:14 am EDT

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Approximately 1,500 Emirati school leaders, teachers, and administrators have been newly recruited across public schools in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi as part of Abu Dhabi Education Council’s (ADEC’s) strategy plan to Emiratize school based jobs.

During a press conference to announce ADEC’s achievement in Emiratizing school based jobs, Her Excellency Dr. Amal Al Qubaisi, Director General at the ADEC, spoke about how this initiative has helped create diverse job opportunities in the teaching, administrative and school leadership field that resulted in attracting qualified Emiratis.

“ADEC is pleased to increase the number of Emirati talent across its public schools by 26 percent, as part of the UAE’s wise and prudent leadership’s vision to empower and recruit quality Emirati professionals in the work-force. The recruitment of 1,485 educators across our public schools will help increase competition in the education sector and will intensify Emiratization plans as per the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030,” said Dr. Al Qubaisi.

The initiative to recruit and attract Emirati teachers to the education sector is a joint effort between the ADEC, Abu Dhabi Tawteen Council, public universities and colleges (such as United Arab Emirates University, Emirates College for Advanced Education, Zayed University and Higher Colleges of Technology), Abu Dhabi Vocational Training Institute, Emirates Foundation (Takatof) and TAWDHEEF.

“We are pleased that the number of our UAE National workforce has steadily increased as a result of focused planning and ongoing commitment to help encourage Emiratis to play a role in one of the UAE’s government’s top five pillars, education,” said Her Excellency.

ADEC received an overwhelming response after placing job vacancy positions across its public schools in the ADEC website/portal. Based on that, the council recruited 52 female and 3 male school leaders, 960 female and 74 male administrators, 372 female and 24 male teachers, with a total number of 1,485 educators.

“ADEC is constantly thriving to help advance its teachers, school leaders and educators as part of advancing the economic and industrial growth of the UAE. The development of Emirati human capital is on the top of our agenda as a council and we will continue to recruit competent and professional candidates to help equip them in suitable positions that will have an everlasting effect on our youth,” said ADEC’s Director General.

Mr. Mohamed Salem Al Dhaheri, ADEC’s Executive Director of School Operations, explained that the Emirati candidates have been recruited in teaching positions as per their specialty and experience.

“Our aim is to qualify and empower each and every single candidate to perform their jobs as best as they can. For that reason, the Abu Dhabi Education Council’s School Operations sector is closely monitoring their progress and assisting them through a hands-on-training program that will help support them throughout their careers in their schools,” said Mr. Al Dhaheri.

In addition to their new positions, Emirati school leaders will be offered various professional development opportunities that will help empower them in the field. Some of which includes a scholarship program especially tailored for school leaders, the Nibras Program, the Florida program to help qualify and develop their performance and the Vanderbilt University Program which will offer similar developmental and career guidance support.

“As part of ADEC’s New School Model, teachers are expected to teach Mathematics and Science in English across all cycles in public schools. We have especially utilized the experience and know-how abilities in both subjects from 182 Emirates College for Advanced Education Emirati graduates,” explained Mr. Al Dhaheri.

ADEC’s Executive Director added that teaching is a noble job and more and more Emirati’s are starting to realize that fact. “This profession not only helps maximize the best in students to bring out their greatest assets but also helps our youth deal with unknown situations and future challenges. The creation of new support jobs has helped improve productivity, quality of teaching and leading across the education sector.

Mr. Al Dhaheri added that the recruitment of special education teachers was a top priority for the council.

“Part of Abu Dhabi Education Council’s strategy plan is to integrate special needs students into public and private schools. For that reason, we have collaborated with the Emirates Foundation and the Higher Colleges of Technology to recruit highly qualified special education teachers, and are certain they will bring great value to our students,” he said.

Her Excellency, ADEC’s Director General, re-emphasized that ADEC will continue to employ Emirati talent as part of the market’s demand and supply necessities.

“Recruiting competent and skilled Emiratis is of integral importance to us as an education council and to the government who look forward to witnessing the success of a UAE national in the current and near future. We will continue to work alongside Abu Dhabi Taween Council to strengthen Emiratization plans,” concluded Dr. Al Qubaisi.

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