Isles’ President Dr Ali Mohamed Shein revealed this yesterday when he met with a delegation of Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research in Ras Al Khaimah—one of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates (UAE)
He said that his government is ready to work with of Ras Al Khaimah in introducing teachers’ training programme in Zanzibar.
Dr Shein is in Ras Al Khaimah—the northernmost emirate of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for a six-day official visit.
He lauded Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, who is the current Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah for quick response on the Zanzibar’s education programme. The teachers’ training programme is meant to bolster education sector in the Indian Ocean archipelago.
Dr Shein invited the team of the foundation to visit Zanzibar and meet with top officials of ministry of education and State University of Zanzibar (SUZA) to see how they can chip in and empower Isles’ teachers with new teaching skills.
“This will make our education officials to identify key priority areas so that they can be embedded in the new programme, the move that will help in implementing the programme,” he said.
Managing director of the foundation, Natasha Ridge said that the foundation’s primary focus areas are education, public health, and urban development. It also work collaboratively, and aims to establish relationships with talented scholars and world-class universities, innovative public policy research centers, established government institutions, and strategic partners in the private and non-governmental sectors.
Ridge said that his foundation has been providing professional training to teachers from primary to secondary schools.
“Our training programme intends to empower students with best skills to perform better in higher education studies in and outside the country,” he said.
She also informed Dr Shein that they provide leadership skills in education management, which will help Zanzibar to improve its education sector.
Ridge further said that in the proposed programme, the focus will be in teaching trainers of trainers (TOT), who will be able to teach teachers in large number.
He also informed Dr Shein that his team will visit Zanzibar in November this year.