DUBAI, 21st March, 2018 (WAM) — On the sidelines of the announcement of the results of the 20th Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Distinguished Academic Performance, HBRADAP, the Ministry of Education and the HBRADAP signed a joint co-operation agreement to adopt the “Talented Students Identification Kit,” to discover gifted 4th to 8th grade students from the country’s schools.
Hussain bin Ibrahim Al Hammadi, Minister of Education and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Award, praised the support of the wise leadership for education and the country’s development plans and programmes, which will enable UAE to lead in global education and competitiveness rankings.
He also praised the education initiatives of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Minister of Finance, patron of the Award, and his support for the efforts of the Ministry of Education through the award’s programmes, activities and projects, especially those that aim to develop and improve the education system, support and sponsor gifted students, improve standards of excellence and promote innovation.
Al Hammadi added that the ministry and the HBRADAP crowned their co-operation in adopting the kit by signing a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, to discover gifted students while stressing that this will soon begin for students from the 4th to 8th grade.
Al Hammadi explained that the kit would enable them to assess the abilities of leading students through specialist assessment programmes, which will support the country’s goal of creating pioneering future scientists and creative leaders while noting that they will receive the appropriate care, direction, support and guidance, to achieve the academic goals of the UAE’s National Agenda.
Dr. Jamal Al Muhairi, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Trustees and Secretary-General of the Award, highlighted the importance of signing the MoU with the ministry, as it is the authority responsible for the country’s education system that aims to create an advanced and knowledgeable community, which is in line with the HBRADAP’s goal of improving the country’s education system.
“The kit is one of the HBRADAP’s key tools to discover and sponsor gifted students according to international standards, and we are pleased that this effective tool will support Emirati students,” he added.
The MoU stipulates the adoption of the second stage of the kit, and the exams for gifted students must be improved, and their results assessed. A report of the results must then be presented to the ministry, and the implementation of the MoU’s clauses must be followed by both sides, and periodic reports will be prepared to monitor its implementation.