30 new schools in Abu Dhabi soon

ABU DHABI — The Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) has lined up several new educational programmes for the capital city.

By Ahmed Abdul Aziz

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Published: Sat 29 Jul 2006, 12:18 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 1:47 PM

Mubarak Al Shamsi, director general of ADEC, told Khaleej Times that 30 new Sharaka (partnership) schools were in the pipeline.

The ADEC is currently collaborating with the Ministry of Education (MoE) and educational departments from Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and the western areas. Al Shamsi explained that representatives from the respective bodies were studying curricula already in place so as to arrive at the best possible means of implementing new ones.

"We have already contracted international institutions to promote subjects such as English language, mathematics and science," said Al Shamsi.

If the project turns out to be successful, new schools will be added to the partnership. The experiment would be evaluated at some point during the course of the next three years, he added stressing on the importance of the design element in schools.

"We want to provide suitable and convenient learning environments for our pupils which will enable them to study and innovate," he said, adding that ADEC remained committed to new school buildings, especially in the western area.

"Quality rather than quantity is ADEC's goal," he said. Referring to undergraduate studies, he observed that one of the world's most prestigious universities, the French Sorbonne, was due to open its gates in Abu Dhabi from October. The Higher Colleges of Technology was building a new branch in Madinat Zayed district, which would be ready by the 2006/2007 academic year, he added.

Al Shamsi said that ADEC's new projects were not limited to higher education. A new facility which was nearing completion was aimed at students up to the fifth grade pointed out. Created almost a year ago, in September 2005, the Abu Dhabi Education Council aims to improve educational programmes in the emirate as well as extend technical support to educational projects.

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