RAK teachers receive Cambridge International Diploma at graduation ceremony

Published November 18th, 2009 - 09:10 GMT
As many as 46 teachers from various schools under the RAK Educational Zone were awarded the `Cambridge International Diploma for Teachers and Trainers’ at a graduation ceremony held at the Ras Al Khaimah Hotel here today.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Saud Al Qasimi attended the graduation ceremony held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, and awarded certificates to the teachers on completion of their two– year long training programme.
`The Cambridge International Diploma for Teachers and Trainers’ programme was offered for teachers in RAK under the framework of IAT Teachers Education Programme involving RAK Educational Zone, Institute of Applied Technology (IAT), University of Cambridge International Examinations and Knowledge Horizon.
Abdulla Hammad Al Shehi, Director of RAK Educational Zone, said that the IAT Teachers Education Programme, launched in December 2007, has helped in enhancing the quality of teaching in the emirate by enabling teachers to update their professional skills to meet global standards.
Dr. Abdullatif Al Shamsi, Director General of IAT, said that the participation of IAT in the teacher education programme in RAK was part of the Institute’s commitment to contribute towards social development and make its programmes and services available to larger sections of society.
“The teacher education project in RAK was implemented as part of IAT’s iReach initiative, a continuing education and community outreach programme. In addition to that, we have recently launched a voluntary programme called `Students Answer National Duty (SANAD) and has made 100 hours of voluntary service mandatory for all students,” Al Shamsi added.
The IAT Teacher Education Programme for RAK included three stages, the IELTS Preparation Course, Cambridge International Certificate programme and finally the Cambridge International Diploma for Teachers and Trainers.
The entire programme, implemented over a two- year period, was developed with the aim to present the teachers with internationally recognized qualifications that would help develop teaching skills, improve language skills and encourage the use of technology in classrooms.
The Cambridge International Diploma for Teachers and Trainers programme is aimed to enable teachers develop and demonstrate skills and knowledge in planning and preparation of appropriate learning programmes, practice active learning and learner involvement, assessing learners’ progress and evaluating and improving learning programmes. The Diploma Programme comprised of four modules with each module involving 30 hours, including professional activity.
Dr. Maen Al Qatamin, President of Knowledge Horizon, Sheikha Al Shamsi, Executive Director for Educational Affairs at the UAE Ministry of Education, senior officials from the RAK Education Zone and Institute of Applied Technology attended the graduation ceremony.

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