ABU DHABI, The General Secretariat of the Khalifa Award for Education began yesterday, to assess the nominations for the award's 11th edition in 2017-2018 after the deadline for receiving nominations had passed.

The number of current nominations surged by 27 percent compared to the previous one, and the winners are expected to be announced next April.

Amal Al Afifi, Secretary-General of Khalifa Award for Education, said that this increase reflects the growing importance of the award in the area of education, both inside and outside the country, and confirms the confidence in its role and mission to promote education and encourage scientific excellence and innovation, as well as to serve the community and keep pace with the challenges of the knowledge era.

Al Afifi highlighted the importance of the award's current edition, which will mark the second decade of its leadership and excellence. She added that everyone is proud that it carries the name of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan while praising him for his support of the award.

She also lauded the support of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and Their Highnesses, Supreme Council Members and Rulers of the Emirates, in the education sector, and their desire to establish an education system that promotes national identity and keeps pace with the latest developments.

Al Afifi noted the attention given by H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Presidential Affairs and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Award, and his desire to see it become among the leading local and regional awards that support education.

She went on to say that the award, since its inception in 2007, has contributed to advancing education, by promoting a culture of excellence and encouraging employees in this vital sector to launch innovative programmes and projects.

She explained that the award's current edition comprises nine areas covering 19 categories. The local categories include public education, people of determination, innovation in teaching the Arabic language, education and community service. The national and Arab-wide categories include the areas of educational personality, public education - innovative teacher category, higher education, innovation in teaching the Arabic language - university professor category, educational research, children's educational authorship and innovative educational programmes and projects.

Source: Emirates News Agency