Abu Dhabi: Increased learning creativity, enhanced teacher training and the continuous rise of investments in educational sector are Abu Dhabi's main focus in building up its status as a prime educational hub in the region.
Educational experts, school representatives and teachers all have stressed that with the ever-increasing presence of technology in everyday life, schools within the region must not only find a way to incorporate such tools in their classrooms, but also encourage teachers and administrators to utilise such technology to their full potential.
Dr Mugheer Al Khaili, director-general of the Abu Dhabi Educational Council (Adec), told Gulf News that the council has already incorporated many technological tools in classrooms across the emirate over the last nine years.
The conference, which ran alongside the BETT Middle East educational exhibition, ended yesterday at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (Adnec).
It was held under the theme of ‘Modernising Education to Create Tomorrow's Workforce'.
"We are moving away from the traditional school system to one that is knowledge-based. If we want to be up to international schooling standards, we must incorporate more transparency so that people are well informed about what is happening in the educational sector," Dr Al Khaili, said.
"This is one of the methods we use to highlight our commitment to continuously enhancing the educational sector across the emirate," Dr Khaili said.
"We also ensure that all our decisions are being based on concrete data as we plan on making Abu Dhabi recognised as the number one educational system, first in the region and then internationally, because we believe that human capital is the key for a strong knowledge-based economy and education is the method that will help us achieve that," he added.
Nader Abdul Hamed Ebrahim, information and communications technology (ICT) manager at the Shaikh Zayed Private Academy, said the advantages of incorporating advanced technological applications into classrooms were numerous.