Abu Dhabi: A one-week training session organised by the Abu Dhabi Education Council (Adec) for Grade 12 principals and students in efforts to encourage the next generation of Emiratis to enter the teaching field, took place across various schools in Ruwais, Al Ain, Madinat Zayed and Abu Dhabi.

Administrative staff and students studying at the Emirates College for Advanced Education (ECAE) were available during a series of information sessions to provide hands-on assistance, information, admission and application requirements to the Grade 12 students.

ECAE operates through Adec. The College strives to prepare unique, creative, intelligent people for careers in education, and is focused on developing a high quality "best-practice" learning environment for its students who in time will be part of the future teachers in public schools.

According to Dr Mugheer Khamis Al Khaili, Adec's Director General, "constant professional training is available to all those who wish to embark on a career in teaching which will certainly have a positive impact on their skills and capabilities and eventually cascade down to affect the educational process as a whole."

Mohammad Salem Al Daheri, Adec's Executive Director of School Operations, said Adec's New School Model can only be effectively implemented through highly qualified teachers and school leaders. Al Daheri said Adec wants "a new generation of highly qualified teachers" to transform students into "creative thinkers".