Emirates Foundation TA Programme organises graduation ceremony for 52 Emirati women

ABU DHABI: In the presence of H.H. Sheikh Theyab bin Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Emirates Foundation Board Member, the Emirates Foundation for Youth Development, in collaboration with the British University in Dubai, organised a ceremony to honour 52 Emirati women who successfully completed the practical and theoretical parts of the Teacher Assistant Programme.

Sheikh Theyab honoured the women during a ceremony held today at Fairmont Bab Al Bahr Hotel, Abu Dhabi.

The Teacher Assistant Programme is an initiative from Kayani, one of the Emirates Foundation s leading projects aimed at training and empowering young Emirati women between the ages of 18-35 to work as assistant teachers.

Maytha Al Habsi, Chief Programmes Officer at Emirates Foundation, speaking on the occasion said, “We are proud of what these women have achieved in the last 12 months. Knowledge is a powerful tool and during this period we have seen their motivation to give back to the community.

“The Programme constitutes a quantitative leap and is an innovative initiative in the educational process in the U.A.E. It further gives our young Emirati woman the opportunity to better interact, learn, and become an effective member of the community. By empowering young Emiratis to become teachers in the U.A.E. and the wider Middle East, the Teacher Assistant initiative aims to drive positive change in the community through education,” Al Habsi added.

Prof. Abdullah Al Shamsi, Vice-Chancellor, The British University in Dubai, said, “Our collaboration with the Emirates Foundation for Youth and Development has been a great success and we are delighted to have contributed to such an innovative project whose success proves the increasing importance of education for Emirati women.

With continued support from H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister and Chairman of Emirates Foundation for Youth and Development, and the Ministry of Education and Abu Dhabi Council we are confident that many more young Emirati women will enroll in the programme with an aim to not only empower themselves, but also with a drive to give back to the community.”