ADEC organizes Irtiqa'a International Conference
Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) organized the first annual Irtiqa’a International Conference under the slogan “Towards a High-quality Education”. The conference was attended by distinguished international academics and experts specializing in comprehensive school inspection. Chief among the topics discussed during the conference were the importance of comprehensive school inspection, the pilot public school inspection program, inspection topics of Irtiqa’a program and an international perspective of school inspection standards and framework.
H.E. Dr. Mugheer Khamis Al Khaili, Director General of ADEC, said that the Irtiqa'a International Conference aims to discuss issues that help achieve quality school performance in accordance with the highest international standards. “This comes in line with ADEC Strategic Plan designed to provide students with world-class education and develop qualified graduates who can contribute to the socio-economic development and achieve Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030“, Dr. Al Khaili added.
“During the conference, light was shed on the experiences of public school inspection in order to indentify strengths and areas for improvement and evaluate ADEC pilot inspection program to inform the public school inspection scheduled for the new school year. Moreover, the conference discussed the school inspection model, inspection topics of the Irtiqa’a program for the coming five years and inspection framework applied in 12 public schools across Abu Dhabi during this school year“ Dr. Al Khaili pointed out.
“Participants generated ideas and presented the best international school inspection practices that take into consideration the local culture needs. The conference focused on school improvement plans aiming at addressing challenges identified in the reports developed by inspection teams,” added ADEC Director General.
The conference sessions and panels discussed the comprehensive inspection framework based on international standards, a school self-evaluation model and accurate evaluation reports shedding light on strengths and areas for improvement in Abu Dhabi schools.
Mrs. Maryam Saqer, ADEC Inspection and Monitoring Division Manager and Irtiqa’a Project Manager, said that all public as well as private schools across the Emirate will participate in the Irtiqa’a Program at the beginning of School Year 2012-2013. “This would allow community to identify the quality levels of schools and help recognize strengths and areas for improvement”, added Saqer.
ADEC is keen to train UAE educators through Irtiqa’a in order to join the school inspection teams in accordance with their field of expertise. Recently, a number of UAE candidates were interviewed and 19 were found qualified to join the forthcoming training program which will enable them to perform their duties and responsibilities effectively in the future. Trainees will acquire effective techniques and inspection skills and develop a solid foundation of knowledge by attending a number of workshops and conferences and visiting high performing schools. This would enable them to accumulate a whole range of competencies and a solid skill set. Training will assist them to be school inspection leaders and provide them with their own professional development plan. Eventually, they will obtain a “certified inspector” certificate.
Schools are evaluated based on eight standards; those are: student achievement & progress, personal development of students, quality of teaching, meeting student needs through the curriculum, the protection, care, guidance and support of students, quality of school facilities, availability of resources that would help a school achieve its objectives and efficiency of school leadership & management.