Abu Dhabi: Out of 1,463 projects from around the UAE submitted for the 13th edition of the Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum award for distinguished academic performance, 139 projects were from Abu Dhabi, the Abu Dhabi Educational Zone (Adez) announced at a press conference on Tuesday.

Among the projects submitted by Emirati public and private schools, 81 are from Abu Dhabi, 34 from Al Ain and 24 from the Western Region.

"This award is important because of its high level of professionalism, which has attracted regional and international participants as well. It helps to foster creativity and encourages participants to find the best method to help them achieve their potential.

Raising the bar

"It's such awards, as well as others, such as the Khalifa Award for Education that help schools find methods to continuously improve and raise their students' potential, which is in line with the government's 2030 vision," Hamdan Salem Al Daheri, Director of school projects, Adez, said.

Al Daheri also noted that the Abu Dhabi Education Council (Adec) is continuously encouraging schools within the emirate to participate in such competitions, which help raise the UAE's standing internationally.

"ADEC is always encouraging schools from the three regions in the emirate to participate in such events… and among the ones submitted for this year's Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum award for distinguished academic performance, five are going to be implemented in Adec," he said.

"The projects include how to enhance our National Identity, methods to integrate individuals with special needs into various areas within society, how pupils can balance their home and school lives," he added.

Efforts by the award's Executive Committee — which helped participants with various workshops and special sessions with previous winners — were also highlighted.