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Irish Minister commends the educational development in Abu Dhabi

posted on 07/11/2010: 707 views


The Irish Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation Batt O'Keeffe lauded the massive development of the educational sector in Abu Dhabi and the huge support provided by Abu Dhabi government to education in order to meet the highest international levels.

O'Keeffe, who is also the former Minister of Education and Science in Ireland, met with Dr. Mugheer Khamis Al-Khaili, Director General of Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) to discuss the development of collaboration between ADEC and the Irish educational institutions. The fields of collaboration discussed by the two parties included technical education, teacher training and school construction.

The meeting was also attended by Ciaran Madden, Ambassador of Ireland to UAE, Dr. Rafic Makki, ADEC's Executive Director of Planning and Strategic Affairs Office, and Eng. Hamad Al Dhaheri, ADEC's Manager of Infrastructure '&' Facilities Division.

Accompanied by Dr. Al Khaili, the Irish Minister and delegation visited the location of Abu Dhabi Western School in Abu Dhabi. With an area of 18,000m2, the school is being constructed by Sammon Group, an Irish construction company specialising in school construction, in line with the highest international standards.

Dr. Al Khaili said that ADEC is exerting all efforts for implementing the 10-year strategic plan aiming at developing the educational system in the Emirate Abu Dhabi. Launched last year under the auspices of HH General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahayan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and Chairman of ADEC, the plan will help develop the human capital able to meet the job market needs and contribute to achieving the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030 under the wise leadership of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahayan, President of UAE.

Dr. Al Khaili added that Abu Dhabi Western School is one of 15 new schools under construction in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain in order to meet the needs of new regions and growing population and replace the old schools. The cost of the new school construction projects is AED 1.4b and will be completed in September 2011. More over 100 new schools will be built in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi over the next ten years in accordance with the highest design practices, Dr. Al Khaili announced.

O'Keeffe said that Sammon Group is an important ambassador to UAE. "I am pleased to see the company providing its expertise here in the region and successfully cooperating with ADEC," the Minister added.

Hamad Al Dhaheri said that the new school designs meet the highest international sustainability standards. School facilities will include a swimming pool, indoor gymnasium and outdoor playgrounds for practicing various types of sports, a library and other facilities that will be available for use by students and their families. He indicated that the school is designed based upon environment-friendly criteria.

Sammon Group, which is in business in UAE for three years, has been awarded contracts to build five modern schools by ADEC as part of the Future School Program in Abu Dhabi. The school space developed by the Group would be one million square meter upon completion of these schools. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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