Abu Dhabi: A visiting education delegation and the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) shared their experience and expertise during the visit by the Omani team from Buraimi.

Dr Mugheer Khamis Al Khaili, Director General of the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC), received a delegation from the Omani Ministry of Education headed by Moosa Bin Ali Al Hina’ei, Director General of the Directorate General of Education in the Buraimi Governorate.

The aim of the visit was to share ADEC’s knowledge and expertise related to development of education, student assessment strategies, means of strengthening mutual cooperation, exam development, printing, marking and reports, professional development programmes and means of motivating qualified teachers.

The meeting was attended by Mohammad Salem Al Dhaheri, ADEC’s Executive Director of School Operations and Salama Al Amimi, Head of Organisational Development and Excellence office and a number of ADEC Division Mangers.

During the meeting, Al Hina’ei delivered a presentation titled “Education in Oman towards a Comprehensive System of Quality”. Dr Karima Al Mazroui, ADEC’s Curriculum Division Manager shed light on several issues related to ADEC’s New School Model.

Al Amimi discussed several issues to include mechanism of motivating teachers, assessment for all grade levels and administrative and teaching staff professional development programmes.

Dr Al Khaili emphasised the importance of these regional and international visits in promoting the educational processes and improving the performance of students. “This visit is an opportunity to exchange knowledge and expertise and discuss ways to carry out a comprehensive educational reform in line with best international standards, especially since the GCC countries share the same goals and vision and face similar challenges,” he added.

Dr Al Khaili discussed with the delegation the importance of conducting international tests such as TIMS and PILRLS to assess student performance and identify strengths and weaknesses as well as common challenges and obstacles facing the teaching and learning process.

The Omani delegation met with staff from the Mubarak Bin Mohammad, Al Mushrif and Al Dhabianya Schools, where they attended classes and were briefed on the curriculum and advanced means of instruction.

Al-Hana’ei said that Abu Dhabi schools enjoy state-of-the art designs, as well as high quality teaching. “I am impressed by the highly qualified staff, modern school facilities, pedagogical strategies, and attractive learning environment,” he added.

He added: “We have benefitted from the Abu Dhabi experience as Oman is willing to provide schools with modern facilities to cope with global changes in this regard.”