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Announces $1.63 million cash awards to recognize top schools and individuals


An awards program worth more than AED 6 million has been launched to recognize the best performing schools and individuals in the emirate of Abu Dhabi’s education ecosystem.

The Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK), the regulator for the education sector across the emirate, has unveiled its first incentive scheme.

Open to all public, private and charter schools in the emirate, the ADEK Awards will celebrate and inspire school achievement, innovation and best practice, while fostering a cycle of continuous improvement through healthy competition among schools.

Winners will receive recognition and cash prizes worth more than AED 6 million in total, and the prize money from the school awards will be used for the improvement programs of the winning schools.

“The ADEK Awards will recognize outstanding individuals who have contributed to building an educational ecosystem that nurtures the next generation of lifelong learners,” explained Sara Awadh Issa Musallam, Minister of State for Early Education and Chairman of the Federal Early Education Agency, Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge chairman.

“This new awards scheme will recognize schools and individuals who improve and adopt best practice, and help realize Abu Dhabi’s aspirations for a world-class education system where every student – regardless of their background and learning needs – both to reach their full potential and become active and active. Productive global citizens,” Musallam said.

“The realization of these aspirations would not have been possible without the tremendous efforts of dedicated teachers, passionate educators and tireless support staff, who increase their commitment every day to support opportunities to improve the quality of learning and raise the standard of education. These are the people we want to honor, with awards that will support diversity in education initiatives, highlight the outstanding work of education professionals and recognize their critical role as role models for the wider industry.”

The school awards category includes 11 subcategories: Best Parent Engagement, Best Inclusion Practice, Best Professional Development Program, Most Improved, Best Student Wellbeing Program, Best Literacy Program and Best Arabic Language Program prize. School awards also recognize outstanding progress across four standardized assessments, each with a different cycle and subject.

On the other hand, the individual awards will cover the three subcategories of the inaugural Principal of the Year Award, Outstanding Teacher Award and Unsung Hero Award.

ADEK has confirmed that the range of awards will be expanded in the future.

“As categories grow over time, we hope they continue to inspire meaningful initiatives that further improve the quality of education and encourage educators to continue working to enhance the learning experience across our ecosystem,” Musallam said.

Next year’s edition will introduce international assessment categories, including the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), Trends in International Mathematics and Science Research (TIMSS), and Advances in International Reading Literacy Research (PIRLS).

Submissions for awards will be open until September 29th. An expert jury will evaluate each submission to verify its compliance with established criteria and criteria before announcing the winners in a special ceremony.

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