The General Secretariat of the Khalifa Award for Education have opened applications for the 17th edition, welcoming applications from individuals and organisations from the UAE and internationally, in addition to the launch of the 2nd Khalifa International Award for Early Learning.

The General Secretariat of the Award is welcoming applications from candidates in various fields until 12 January 2024. Candidates can apply electronically through the award’s website, with the processes of sorting, evaluating and judging the nominations being carried out electronically by specialised scientific committees in each of the fields presented.

The General Secretariat of the Award announced the activities of the 17th session, the fields presented in it, the specific criteria for nomination for each field, and other mechanisms for electronic application of files, in addition to the time plan for this session, applied workshops and introductory programmes at a press conference.

The conference was attended by Mohammed Salem Al Dhaheri, Khalifa Award for Education Board of Trustees member, Dr Souad Mohammed Al Suwaidi, Deputy Secretary-General of the Khalifa Award for Education, as well as Khalifa Award for Education executive committee members Dr Khaled Al Abri, Dr Jameela Khanji and Hamid Ibrahim.

Muhammad Salem Al Dhaheri Khalifa Award for Education Board of Trustees member, said: “Today, the Khalifa Award for Education inaugurates the seventeenth session, so that this award continues the process of excellence in the educational field in local and international levels. We are proud of the excellence and leadership the award has achieved since the beginning of its journey and we are proud of the achievements it has recorded in this regard. The award highlighted distinguished teaching and administrative cadres and community entities, all of whom made outstanding contributions to the education process at various levels.

“The award succeeded in being a bridge and exchanging expertise and experiences between the various elements of the educational process, and from here we find a wide demand for participation in the award’s activities and nominations for it through its various sessions, as the award formed a platform for excellence, leadership and creativity in the educational field. We look forward to its new launch, which witnesses a series of events, such as introductory programs and applied workshops. We invite the vital entities of the educational field to interact and nominate in the fields presented, as the award is concerned with excellence in its mission, goals, and role in supporting the advancement of the education sector and anticipating its future.”

Dr Souad Al Suwaidi confirmed the standing of this course, which represents a vital addition to Khalifa Award’s legacy since its launch in 2007, and its mission, goals and executive programmes that aim to motivate workers in the educational field to excel and launch initiatives and projects that enhance the renaissance of education, quality of performance and excellence of academic outcomes.

Dr Al Suwaidi said that the award has succeeded, over 17 years, in creating a qualitative shift in the academic culture of excellence, both general and university, through the fields presented in it. The awards supports the culture of excellence and motivating workers in the education sector to creativity, innovation and leadership, which had the greatest impact in placing the award at the top of the educational awards at all levels, local, regional and international.

Dr Al Suwaidi reviewed the time plan for the current session, where candidates’ applications are being received electronically through the website developed by the General Secretariat of the Award in accordance with the highest application standards for smart platforms.

Dr Al Suwaidi indicated that the time plan also includes the start of screening of candidates’ applications by the General Secretariat of the Award as a priority stage in the period from 15-24 January 2024. Following the deadline for applications, the Executive Committee of the Khalifa Award for Education and the Sorting Committee for the field of the Khalifa International Award for Early Learning will undertake the screening stage of the nominated works from 25 January 2024 to 7 February 2024. The process of judging and evaluating the work of the candidates will be carried out by specialised committees from 8 February 2024 until 19 March 2024. The results will be delivered to the office of the Secretary General of the Award from 20 to 28 March 2024, and a ceremony honouring the candidates between end of April to mid-May 2024.

Dr Al Suwaidi elaborated on the aim of enhancing communication with candidates from various educational institutions within the country and beyond, whether for the fields presented in the Khalifa Award for Education or the field of the Khalifa International Award for Early Learning.

Dr. Jameela Khanji discussed on the areas of the Khalifa Award for Education offered at the state level, which included general education, education and community service and People of Determination, and the specific criteria and mechanisms for nominations for each field.

Dr Khaled Al Abri said the areas of the award offered at the level of the Arab world, including the distinguished educational personality that is granted to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the process of education at the local and Arab levels, and the field of creativity in Arabic language Teaching.

Hamid Ibrahim highlighted the Khalifa International Award for Early Learning, which was presented for the first time in the 17th session, with the aim of strengthening the process of promoting early childhood and highlighting the most prominent scientific and practical practices, and providing an environment that stimulates them to grow, create and excel. The Khalifa International Award for Early Learning includes two categories covering best research and studies, programmes, curricula, methodologies and teaching practices. The awarding committee, which includes several leading specialists in early education around the world, undertakes the process of evaluating and judging the works nominated for this field.