Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President of the UAE, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of the Presidential Court, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Khalifa Award for Education, the award is organising its third international conference entitled Education as a Pathway from Empowerment to the Future, from 14-15 May 2024.

Taking place at the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi, the conference aims to review the most important leading experiences in the field of early education at the global level, explore visions and horizons that keep pace with the future of technological acceleration in education, and exchange experiences and ideas to enhance the role of the educational environment. The conference also aims to formulate innovative educational policies, contribute to the development of the quality of education outcomes and the role of institutions and educational bodies, as well as anticipate the future of jobs and the labour market to establish appropriate educational structures and systems.

Amal Al Afifi, Secretary General of the Khalifa Award for Education, emphasised the significance of this conference, in magnifying the award’s role in spreading excellence locally, regionally and internationally. The conference also keeps pace with the renaissance, excellence and leadership witnessed by the education sector in the country in all its stages.

Al Afifi explained that the conference is attended by experts and specialists in the education sector and early education from various parts of the world, and the conference agenda includes a number of scientific topics, working papers, research, studies and applied workshops. The agenda for the first day of the conference includes a main session entitled Education: Results and Achievements - Empowerment Phase, as well as two sessions on Early Childhood education: Needs and Aspirations, Digital Education: Preparing for a Sustainable Future.

The conference programme on the second and final day also includes a main session entitled Education Policies, Structures and Systems: Policies and the Future of Education, as well as three sessions in which the first theme revolves around the Future of Education: Integrating the Role of Educational Institutions and Society, General, University, and Postgraduate Education: Future Achievements and Developments, Artificial Intelligence and Best Practices in Education.

Al Afifi pointed out that the conference focuses during its activities on the practical aspects that give participants, members of administrative and teaching bodies and relevant community bodies, the skills necessary to advance the educational process and enable parents to keep pace with the rapid development of the sector. This is in light of the use of advanced technology and artificial intelligence. In the educational process, hence the conference’s allocation of four applied workshops accompanying the activities. The first day includes a workshop entitled The Role of the Family in Enabling the Child to Make Decisions and Bear Responsibility, and a workshop entitled The Role of Educational Awards in Improving the Quality of Education. The conference also includes on its second day, a workshop entitled Adaptive Learning: Designing Instruction for Gifted Learners and Students with Learning Challenges. The final applied workshop is entitled Mastering Digital Skills in Social Media to Improve the Quality of Education.

Al Afifi emphasised how this conference represents a worldwide platform for spreading the culture of excellence as the conference allocates a pavilion for the participation of specialised educational and community awards by displaying their message, objectives and the fields presented in each of them, allowing all participants and attendees to view and interact with their entities.

Al Afifi invited those working in the field to participate in these practical sessions and workshops in a way that enhances the conference’s achievement of its mission and goals in spreading excellence in the educational field, exchanging opinions and experiences on the best global practices in education and early education, and anticipating the future of these educational sectors locally, regionally and internationally.