ABU DHABI, -- The Mohamed bin Zayed Award for the Best GCC Teacher is one of the many exceptional initiatives launched in Abu Dhabi to embody strong joint action by the Gulf Co-operation Council, GCC, said Dr. Ali bin Abdulkhaliq Al Qarni, Chairman of the Higher Committee of the Award and Director of the Arab Bureau of Education for the Gulf States.

"There are around one million teachers in the six members of the GCC. The new award will help encourage them to keep pace with development in education. It will also help bolster teachers' ability to be creative in class rooms," he said in statements to WAM, on the sidelines of a press conference held to launch the award.

The sincere efforts of decision makers in the GCC states helped shape modern educational systems and make a difference while building on the educational experiences in the GCC and advanced countries he noted.

Secretary-General of the Award, Dr. Hamad Ahmed Al Darmaki, noted that the criteria for the award are split into five categories: Innovation and Creation; Positive Citizenship, Loyalty and Belonging; Development and Sustainable Learning; Vocational and Social Pioneering'; and Excellence in Achievement.

The Mohamed bin Zayed Award for the Best GCC Teacher is named after its patron His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. WAM/ MMYS

Source: Emirates News Agency