UAE ministers to highlight best practices in teaching

The Qudwa Forum connects teachers and education leaders to share ideas about innovative teaching methods and classroom practices.
Updated 30 September 2019

UAE ministers to highlight best practices in teaching

Qudwa Forum 2019, a forum for the teachers, by teachers in the UAE taking place on Oct. 5 and 6th in Abu Dhabi, has announced key government ministers as speakers. The event, organized by the Education Affairs Office of the Crown Prince Court of Abu Dhabi, will be held under the patronage of Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, crown prince of Abu Dhabi and deputy supreme commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

The participating government ministers are: Sheikh Nahyan bin Mabarak Al-Nahyan, minister of tolerance; Hussain Ibrahim Al-Hammadi, minister of education; Noura bint Mohammed Al-Kaabi, minister of culture and knowledge development; Jameela Al-Muhairi, minister of state for public education; Dr. Ahmad Belhoul Al-Falasi, minister of state for higher education and advanced skills and chairman of the UAE Space Agency; and Mohamed Khalifa Al-Mubarak, chairman of the Department of Culture and Tourism — Abu Dhabi.

With the full agenda revealed, the speakers will highlight the significance of adopting innovative teaching methods to enhance the future of education. 

Held under the theme of “Teaching for Global Competence,” the event topics are set to highlight internationally recognized best practices and teaching methods that teachers in the region can adopt in the future, with more than 70 local, regional and international speakers and leaders in the education sector participating in the forum.

In his opening address titled “Classroom Coexistence: Teaching for Tolerance,” Sheikh Al-Nahyan will discuss how tolerance is an open-minded approach, a respectful attitude, and a curiosity about different cultures that pervades everyday life in the UAE’s multicultural society. 

The forum will attract key international speakers in fields related to knowledge including Dr. Beau Lotto, neuroscientist and founder of Lab of Misfits neuro-design studio, US.

Mohamed K. Al-Neaimi, director of the Education Affairs Office of the Crown Prince Court of Abu Dhabi, will kick off the forum, highlighting the change in the UAE’s education landscape.

Qudwa Forum 2019 will also host the prestigious Mohamed bin Zayed Award for Best GCC Teacher, which honors exceptional teachers from the GCC region.


MBRSC & Nat Geo air film on UAE astronauts

Updated 27 May 2020

MBRSC & Nat Geo air film on UAE astronauts

National Geographic, in partnership with Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center (MBRSC), has aired a new film documenting the UAE’s extraordinary journey into space. The 22-minute eye-gripping documentary, the second in a four-part film series, premiered on May 25 on National Geographic and National Geographic Abu Dhabi.

Capturing the journey of UAE Astronauts Hazzaa Al-Mansoori and Sultan Al-Neyadi, the documentary highlights their dreams and aspirations, which inspired them to follow their ambitions to become astronauts. The film also highlights the hundreds of hours of mental and physical training that enabled them to successfully complete the UAE’s historic mission to reach the International Space Station (ISS).

Celebrating the first Emirati astronaut mission, the National Geographic film depicts Al-Mansoori’s experience of arriving at the ISS and sheds light on his emotional journey back to Earth.

Showcasing how the dreams of a young boy growing up in a small desert town in Liwa turned to reality, the documentary narrates the personal story of Al-Mansoori, who achieved his long-cherished goal of space travel, with sheer grit and determination.

“I have grown up with this dream of reaching the stars and I believe that everyone should look outside at night and dream about space. 

HIGHLIGHT

The documentary charts the journey of UAE Astronauts Hazzaa Al-Mansoori and Sultan Al-Neyadi as they prepare for their iconic mission, fine-tuning their bodies mentally and physically and learning to adapt to microgravity in space.

“The night before the launch, I was really busy and could not sleep as I was really excited that I was going to space. Reaching the ISS was the proudest moment of my life and I am extremely proud that I accomplished the mission,” said Al-Mansoori.

Moreover, the film gives unique insights into how the UAE astronaut Al-Neyadi’s experience and special expertise in dealing with cutting-edge technology at the UAE military prepared him toward solving some of the most challenging and complex problems related to space.

“Space is really tough on humans and so I had to undergo a lot of physical training exercises, strengthening my muscles and being well equipped to handle everything as a backup flight crew. The specialized training really helped me in adapting myself to all kinds of environments expected in space,” said Al-Neyadi.

In a riveting and compelling style, the documentary charts the journey of Al-Mansoori and Al-Neyadi as they prepare for their iconic mission, fine-tuning their bodies mentally and physically and learning to adapt to microgravity in space. The film also depicts how the Emirati astronauts trained for emergencies that could potentially endanger their lives and the safety of their mission in space.