202 teachers complete Moral Education plan
ABU DHABI: More than 200 teachers from 194 schools ( both public and private) across the UAE, completed the blended Moral Education National Capacity Building Programme (NCBP) between November 2019 and February 2021 despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
The capacity-building initiative was led by the Crown Prince Court of Abu Dhabi in collaboration with several partners including the Emirates Schools Establishment, Knowledge and Human Development Authority and Department of Education and Knowledge. The TELLAL Institute (UAE) and its United States partner (the education partners) were commissioned to plan, design, deliver, assess and evaluate the initiative. One of the successes of the initiative has been the support provided by all partners in their desire towards raising the status of Moral Education and its teaching across all schools.
An innovation introduced by TELLAL is the use of a digital summative “Performance Assessment Tool” (PAT) to provide reliable and valid assessments of teachers’ competency at scale. This consists of a 20-minute video capturing the teacher delivering an extract of a Moral Education lesson. This footage is supported by a 2000-word critical reflection specifically designed to assess their knowledge, understanding, and application of core teaching strategies in the classroom. There have been several positive results of this initiative for participants and the lead partners. Amongst these, those teachers who have completed the PAT are now exempt from one of the Teacher Licensing tests.
Commenting on the completion of the programme, Dr. Rabaa Al Sumaiti, Director-general of the Emirates Schools Establishment, said, “The NCBP provides critical skills for teachers through an interactive plaform and contributes to the development of a qualified pool of moral education teachers. The programme develops teachers’ capabilities and empowers them to deliver the course to future generations, especially in light of the current global challenges.”
Mohamed Khalifa Al Nuaimi, Director of
Education Affairs Office at the Crown Prince Court of Abu Dhabi, said, “We are extremely proud of the NCBP graduates’ performance, especially in light of the recent changes to the way we work, live and communicate.
“This programme came in response to feedback from teachers and we hope that we were able to develop local talent for teaching Moral Education and provide our teachers with the right skills to perform their critical roles. NCBP graduates will form the basis for a national pool of qualified teachers and will hopefully transfer this knowledge to their colleagues and communities.”