Abu Dhabi Education Council launches community schools project

ABU DHABI, 2nd November 2015 (WAM) — Abu Dhabi education regulator on Monday announced that it will open a number of schools as community centres for pupils and their parents around the emirate of Abu Dhabi, as part of a project to offer a wide range of indoor and outdoor activities including swimming, physical education, fitness sessions, design, chess, cooking, sewing and arts and crafts classes.
The Abu Dhabi Education Council said after a pilot programme was successfully held in three schools last year, 15 public schools in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and the Western Region are opening after hours as community centres and education regulator. It is looking to extend the programme to all public schools in the emirate.
Making the announcement in a press conference at Al Qimma School, Dr Amal Al Qubaisi, director general of the Abu Dhabi Education Council, said the community schools project seeks to strengthen the relationship between students, parents, school administration and teachers, and to change the concept of the traditional schools.
The project will also enrich the students’ knowledge in the after-hours activities while parents will be enabled to enhance their social ties as well as their relationship with schools, Al Qubaisi added.
In this project, she noted, schools become not only a place for students to study and learn, but also a family meeting forum that offers educational services and activities, as well as professional and skills development for all.”
Each community school has varied programmes with two days set aside for women and two other days for men.
On the sideline of the launch of the project today, the Abu Dhabi Education Council signed an agreement with the UAE Chess Federation to promote the sport at all community schools.