UAE launches new councils for school teachers

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Dubai: In response to the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the Emirates Schools Establishment (ESE) launches Taaleem Councils, targeting school principals and teachers in public schools. The councils will engage education professionals in decision-making.

Taaleem Councils, to be overseen by Sarah bint Yousef Al Amiri, Minister of State for Public Education and Advanced Technology and Chairperson of the Emirates Schools Establishment, will include three councils: School Leadership Council, Teachers Council and Young Teachers Council.

Teachers Council

The Teachers Council aims to involve teachers in the decision-making process, draw up institutional profiles and policies in positively contributing to the development of schoolwork and achieving student progress, engaging teachers in shaping the future, enhancing the current and future outcomes of education, and participating in maintaining the quality of professional and ethical standards supporting the attraction and motivation of teachers.

The council will consist of 14 members, two from each emirate. The membership length is set for two academic years, and teachers can nominate themselves or be nominated by the school branch and the school leader. The person wishing to join the council must have a certificate of specialized and professional license and experience between five to 10 years. Priority will be given to applicants with an evaluation that exceeds expectations during the past two academic years.

The Young Teachers Council will target teachers with teaching experience ranging from one to four years, provided that the applicant is not more than 30 years old and obtains an evaluation that exceeds expectations in the last academic year. Priority will be given to those who have received the professional and specialized license certificate.

The council aims to involve young teachers in the decision-making process and draw features and institutional policies to make the teaching profession one of the leading professions in the country. In addition, members will work on initiatives to support young teachers’ development and develop innovative entrepreneurial solutions to the challenges facing young teachers.

The council will consist of seven members, one member from each emirate, and the length of the membership will be limited to two academic years. A person can nominate themselves or through the principal of the school or school branch.