Sharjah Education Academy Unveils the Recommendations of the Second Sharjah International Summit on Improvement in Education

March 1, 2023

Sharjah Education Academy announced the recommendations of the second edition of the Sharjah International Summit on Improvement in Education. These recommendations are aimed at improving educational systems by applying best practices of improvement science to all schools in the Emirate.

Under the patronage and in the presence of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, the summit was organized by Sharjah Education Academy in collaboration with the Sharjah Private Education Authority and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

School improvement
The recommendations put forth by the participants at the Summit included the need to shift the focus of the educational systems towards results rather than time. Additionally, the participants suggested investing in early childhood education by empowering the Arabic language and instilling the Emirati identity. They also stressed the importance of ensuring the participation of all stakeholders, including parents, teachers, and educational leaders in setting policies and evaluation systems.

The recommendations also emphasized the significance of appreciating the teachers, investing resources in their professional development, and empowering students to take charge of their own learning through interactive processes that enhances their learning outcomes.

Whilst the recommendations of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development emphasized the need to restructure educational curricula to include necessary skills that align with the future labor market and promote the quality of life for students and society.

Educational Technology
The recommendations stressed the importance of utilizing educational technology, enhanced by artificial intelligence, to improve all aspects of pedagogy and the educational system. They also highlighted the necessity of promoting innovation and creating a model educational resources bank for teaching and evaluating creativity and critical thinking as part of the curriculum. In addition, the recommendations called for the use of engaging animated visuals and electronic educational games to improve language skills, particularly in teaching vocabulary.

The recommendations emphasized the importance of implementing an effective model for collecting and analyzing critical data and transforming it into an action plan, taking into account the context, values and best practices to achieve desired outcomes.

Scientific Research
The recommendations also highlighted the importance of conducting research to identify and address challenges in the field of education, and emphasized the need to improve classroom and extracurricular practices that support student, teacher, leader, and institutional performance by adapting the six core principles of improvement science.

The recommendations stressed the need to conduct applied scientific research that regularly measures the quality of education to meet current challenges in the educational field and effectively prepare for future challenges and rapid global changes.

“Over the course of two days, the Sharjah International Summit on Improvement in Education addressed key issues and topics related to the improvement science and its connection with the development of educational systems. The Summit brought together an array of experts and researchers specializing in this field from around the world. Moreover, the Summit is aligned with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi to enhance the educational experience in the Emirate of Sharjah and lead the region in educational excellence”, said Dr. Muhadithah Al Hashemi, President of the Sharjah Education Academy and Chairperson of the Sharjah Private Education Authority.

“The recommendations from the second edition of the Summit are a crucial contribution to the Sharjah Education Academy’s roadmap in preparing qualified professionals to lead the future of education at the local and regional levels. We are confident that the collective efforts of the various educational institutions in the Emirate can improve all aspects of the educational systems, ensuring an innovative and proactive generation capable of achieving qualitative achievements in various fields.” She added.