DUBAI, November 19, 2021 (WAM) – In the presence of Hessa Bint Essa Buhumaid, Minister of Community Development, President of the Welfare Council, and during their second meeting which was held “remotely”, the participants passed review the efforts of the education sector during the COVID-19 pandemic and recovery phase and the initiatives that have been launched under the theme “healthy and active lifestyle”, “mental health”.
The meeting was attended by Abdul Rahman Al Hammadi, Undersecretary of the Education Ministry for Performance Improvement, and members of the Council of Federal and Local Government Authorities and Executive Councils from all over the UAE.
Dr Amna Al Dahak Al Shamsi, Assistant Undersecretary for Welfare and Capacity Building Sector at the Ministry of Education, gave a presentation on the most important achievements, initiatives and projects that promote the efforts of the United Arab Emirates during the recovery phase of COVID-19.
During the meeting, Dr Amna Al Dahak spoke about the efforts of the Ministry of Education to improve the lives of students, parents and academic staff. She also highlighted the initiatives presented by the ministry under the theme “healthy and active lifestyle” noting that (10,000) students, teachers and parents have participated in the virtual superhero campaign to motivate people with diabetes while that (111) students joined “healthy student leaders” Virtual camps and (2,215) counseling sessions were organized for parents of individuals identified by specialists held in educational support centers ” COVID-19 ”pandemic.
In the theme “Mental health”, she noted that the “National Harassment Prevention Week” under the theme “Cyberbullying”, included a series of awareness workshops for the benefit of 320,988 people, and a guide on harassment. A guide targeting students, parents and schools, benefiting 41,000 people, was prepared as an awareness and therapeutic tool, in addition, a guide to preventing bullying at school and at work was also prepared for the benefit of 161 people, in addition to therapeutic cartoon videos on electronic harassment were also developed reaching 230,988 views; Awareness messages were also posted on social media with 66,188 views.
In the same theme, the achievements and objectives of the “Policy for the prevention of harassment in public and private schools, which follows the program of the Ministry”, depend on several measures to support educational institutions through the provision of a safe school environment free from all kinds of physical, social, verbal, sexual and electronic bullying. About 3,041 guides were trained in politics, in addition to the virtual summer camp, which brought together 795 students, the “Protection and Well-being Guide” in collaboration with UNICEF, which prepares the teacher to respond to basic mental health needs and well-being in schools and classrooms through three main themes on the well-being and protection of students, teachers and schools by creating welcoming educational environments for all children to their return to school. A training program has been set up for mentors and teachers from public and private schools to present the content of the directive and its accompanying activities.
The council meeting highlighted the most important efforts of the Ministry of Education to improve well-being during the pandemic year (2020), while Dr Amna Al Dahak Al Shamsi confirmed that in the context of achieving “positive learning environments and a positive, purposeful and safe digital community“, Internet services were provided to approximately (12,194) students, in addition to (88,012) electronic devices for students also.
Policies and guidelines have also been developed to ensure a legislative and regulatory environment supporting digital learning during the pandemic (distance learning policy, student behavior management regulations for the application of distance learning , framework for evaluating the application of digital learning in accordance with global standards with other education authorities and smart evaluation policy).
Smart learning platforms have also been made available to certain third parties (Dubai Electricity and Water Authority – Dewa, General Authority for Islamic Affairs and Endowments, Schools of Protection, Ministry of Interior – Penal Institutions, Abu Dhabi Welfare and Rehabilitation Center , Fatima College of Health Sciences).
Twenty smart learning platforms have been activated at the UAE school covering all subject areas, where curricula, plans and platforms have been adapted and supported by advanced technical simulation programs to ensure that study tasks are performed efficiently, in addition to increasing the efficiency and activation of all ministry systems including the swiftAssess platform in schools in UAE for the purpose of performing assessments continuous and centralized students. The smart education system has been activated for around 500,000 students from various schools, with an enrollment rate of 97% for students in UAE schools, including kindergartens and private schools following the ministry’s curriculum.
As part of the Ministry of Education’s efforts to promote well-being, training courses have been organized for students and parents in cooperation with AQDAR, the Telecommunications and Digital Regulatory Authority (TDRA ) and the National Happiness and Well-Being Program, in which 52,020 people participated. Other trainings for teachers were organized in public and private schools on: the introduction to distance education, the tools used in distance education, the design of distance education, e- assessment in distance education.