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Qudwa 2019 to host over 40 international speakers


The third edition of Qudwa – a forum that seeks to elevate the teaching profession in the UAE and improve the future of education – is scheduled to be held on October 6 at Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi.
The forum, held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, will bring more than 40 local, regional and international speakers, 600 UAE teachers, as well as experts and decision-makers, to highlight internationally-recognised best practices and teaching methods that teachers in the region can adopt in the future.

Held under the theme of “Teaching for Global Competence”, Hussain bin Ibrahim Al Hammadi, Minister of Education, will express the significance of Qudwa as a platform that facilitates dialogue between teachers and decision-makers in the education sector to discuss the future of teaching.
Organised by the Education Affairs Office of the Crown Prince Court of Abu Dhabi, Qudwa connects teachers with decision-makers to discuss the educational practices that will have the greatest positive impact on students in the UAE. It is an important part of the UAE’s forward-thinking, multicultural educational environment, and of its ambition to become a global leader in education with a future-ready education system.
Al Hammadi will be joined by other UAE speakers, including Talal Al Hashemi, National Director of Special Olympics UAE. Also scheduled to speak at the Forum is Fernando M. Reimers, Ford Foundation Professor of the Practice in International Education and Director of the Global Education Innovation Initiative and of the International Education Policy Programme at Harvard University. Reimers is a renowned researcher and author of 27 academic books and more than 100 articles exploring ways children and youth can achieve educational growth and prosperity in the 21st century.
Furthermore, Dr. Juha Kaskinen, Director of the Finland Futures Research Centre at the University of Turku, will participate at the Forum. Throughout his career, his main interests have been enhancing the subject area for futures studies and adding valuable insights to national and international projects in teaching.
Pam Grossman, Dean of the Graduate School of Education and the George and Diane Weiss Professor of Education at the University of Pennsylvania, will also participate in this year’s edition.
Other speakers include Loretta Claiborne, Chief Inspiration Officer and Vice-Chair of the Special Olympics International Board of Directors, who has also competed in Special Olympics since 1970. Claiborne has won several medals in 26 marathons. Gilda Scarfe, Founder and CEO of Positive Action UK, an innovative and pioneering company in applied research for developing, implementing and evaluating mental strength in schools, will also participate in the Forum.
Thea Myhrvold, Founder and CEO of a number of award-winning and internationally recognised startups, will also speak in a session. Thea is widely known for accelerating knowledge transfer skills and enabling businesses and social bodies to take on digital transformation and global expansion.
“Such a distinguished list of speakers further confirms the forum’s vital status as one of the most important UAE platforms that raise the teaching agenda,” Mohamed Khalifa Al Neaimi, Director of the Education Affairs Office at the Crown Prince Court of Abu Dhabi, stated.
Al Neaimi noted that the diversity of speakers’ backgrounds and nationalities validates the value of the forum, and aligns with its efforts to become an impactful event. Qudwa consolidates Abu Dhabi’s position as a global leader in education and aligns with the objectives of the Abu Dhabi Accelerated Development Programme “Ghadan 2021”.

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