Ithra’a Program Launch
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On 17/05/2017, Abu Dhabi Education Council launched Ithra’a; Developing the Competencies of Arabic Language and Islamic Education Leaders and Teachers, the first program of its kind that is designed according to the blended learning approach combining both face-to-face training and e-learning.
Ithra’a’s importance stems from the UAE private schools’ needs, apparent through “Irtiqa’a” outcomes, for educators and teachers who possess a high level of competence and mastery in Arabic language and Islamic education.
Ithra’a program consists of two main pillars, the first is the E-Modules where 10 E-Modules have been designed by Arabic language and Islamic education experts and specialists according to the thematic approach and commensurate with the UAE culture. The latest computer software has been utilized to develop these E-Modules. Abu Dhabi Education Council is currently in the process of uploading the E-Modules on the e-learning platform in order for teachers and school leaders to benefit from them.
The second pillar is the E-Mentor program that includes 3 training workshops, each training workshop is (4.5) hours equivalent to 13 training hours.
The launch event was attended by Ms. Nora AlRashidi, Program Manager at Abu Dhabi Education Council, Dr. Amin Amin, CEO of ASK Consulting and training, the company that developed and implemented Ithra’a, and a number of consultants and educational experts from ASK. Additionally, 140 Arabic language and Islamic education leaders and coordinators from schools in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain attended the launch event.
Dr. Amin, CEO of ASK, emphasized that: “The program is the first of its kind to employ the latest ICT tools in the teaching of Arabic language and Islamic education, which contributes to raising a generation of citizens who are proud of their language and heritage.” Dr. Samar – ASK’s Knowledge Manager and Expert Consultant explained the goals of Ithra’a, along with the expected program outcomes and next steps that school leaders and teachers must follow to achieve the desired goals that will in turn, reflect positively on students’ performance.
The program was met with a tremendous enthusiasm among participants during the launch event and their willingness and eagerness to employ the E-Modules for the benefit of Arabic language and Islamic education teachers was evident.
We would like to extend our gratitude to Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) including Dr. Maryam Al Ali, Ms. Nora AlRashidi, Ms. Rubi Mahmood, and Ms. Amal Al Marzooqi for their continuous support to achieve the success of the project. Additionally, we would like to extend our gratitude to the Emirates National School for generously hosting the launch of Ithra’a program.