ABU DHABI, 4th March, 2018 (WAM) — The Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge, ADEK, and the Abu Dhabi Sports Council, today signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, to enhance their partnership and co-operation, and implement ADEK’s “Community Schools Project.”
The signing of the MoU is based on ADEK’s goal to strengthen its partnerships with authorities in various areas of development, and its ongoing efforts to create an integrated educational system that supports all aspects of life.
Both sides confirmed their desire to invest in the project and promote its role, through organising a series of sporting activities in local community centres.
The signing the MoU was attended by Dr. Mugheer Khamis Al Khaili, Chairman of the Department of Community Development, Major General Mohammed Khalfan Al Rumaithi, Commander-in-Chief of the Abu Dhabi Police, and Dr. Ali Rashid Al Nuaimi, Chairman of ADEK.
The MoU, which was signed by Dr. Yousef Al Sheryani, Acting Under-Secretary of ADEK, and Aref Hamad Al Awani, General Secretary of the Abu Dhabi Sports Council, aims to improve the co-operation between both sides, to support the project and co-ordinate their efforts.
In a special statement to the Emirates News Agency, WAM, Al Rumaithi stressed that the MoU will strengthen the partnership between the Council, which oversees sports, and ADEK, and also oversees community schools with high level sporting facilities. He praised their partnership and its key role in launching important projects and making schools a cultural and social forum, which will serve important local community sectors, including the sports sector and schools, to discover sporting talents and create champions.
Dr. Al Nuaimi stated that the project, which is being implemented by ADEK, is a model of co-operation between government and private institutions, and supports their efforts to develop the activities offered by community schools to attain a level of professionalism and advance the project.
“For the goals of education to succeed, schools must be popular and attractive places for students, to perform its role. The project’s importance is not only based on discovering gifted students, but it must also promote the community action that will change their behaviour and reflect their academic assimilation and attainment,” he added.
Dr. Al Khaili praised the efforts of ADEK to advance the project, while pointing out that community schools strengthen social solidarity within a family framework and play a key role in supporting community development programmes and their sustainability, through offering services that improve the lives of people.