Concentrate on gifted students, says Hamdan


Concentrate on gifted students, says Hamdan

DUBAI - Shaikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Finance, opened Giftedness 2012, the 12th edition of the Asia-Pacific Conference on Giftedness, at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre on Saturday.

By Ham 1407122 (Wam)

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Published: Sun 15 Jul 2012, 12:14 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 11:54 AM

The event, being hosted by the Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for the Distinguished Academic Performance, will continue till July 18. The conference will cement the region’s commitment in consolidating the development of world-class standards and best practices for the gifted and talented students community.

Addressing the opening session, Shaikh Hamdan said that the event came as education is witnessing a qualitative development because of the modern technology.

“In the UAE specifically, the political leadership is currently exerting extraordinary efforts to promote and develop education. With the considerable partnership of our Award for Distinguished Academic Performance, the Ministry of Education managed to implement a plan for supporting gifted students in all schools. “This conference, with its experiences, subjects and participations, provides a rare opportunity for enriching the educational systems and the emerging plans, as well as for qualifying the programmes targeting such gifted category. We hope that all participants would concentrate on the gifted category among the special needs who are worthy of care and sponsoring more than others.

“We are quite confident that the conference shall enjoy the foster and care of the organising committee in order to fulfill the hopes and aspirations of all those gifted not only in the Asia-Pacific countries rather in the entire world,” he added. The five-day event will be held under the theme “Nurturing Talent, Growing Potential”, capitalising on human potential at the early stages and nurturing talent through education.

The programme will feature a balanced blend of informative presentations and practical learning sessions along with educational youth camp activities. The event aims at providing professionals with reliable methodologies and best practices to identify and nurture talented children.

Humaid Mohammed Obaid Al Qattami, Minister of Education and Chairman of the conference, said that the conference takes place when all the educational systems are looking to take care of the class of the talented.

The opening ceremony was attended by Datin Mansour, Malaysia’s First Lady; a number of GCC and Arab education ministers; Dr Ali Al Qarni, Director-General of the Arab Education Office in the GCC; Jiannong Shi, President of Asia-Pacific Federation of the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children; Ali Mehad Al Suweidi, acting Undersecretary at the Ministry of Education; Dr Jamal Al Muhairy, Deputy Chairman of Board of Trustees of Shaikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for the Distinguished Academic Performance; in addition to 270 educators representing 42 countries.

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