The Department of Education and Knowledge signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC), a partnership in which the two organisations will work together in developing community school projects.
The MoU was signed by Dr. Yousuf Al Shuraani, acting undersecretary of the Department of Education and Knowledge, and HE Arif Hamad Al Awani, general secretary of the ADSC on Sunday, March 4, 2018.
Present at the signing ceremony were HE Major General Mohammed Khalfan Al Rumaithi, chairman of the General Authority for Sport and Vice President of ADSC, and HE Dr. Mughir Khamis Al Khaili, chairman of the Department of Education and Knowledge.
HE Al Rumaithi speaking at the press conference that followed, emphasised the importance of the partnership as a “proud moment” and an “initiative” that will contribute to creating a healthy society through community programmes.
“We are proud of this important initiatives taken by the two organisations to work side-by-side with the government’s strategies to develop community sports among the children and their families,” he said.
“The key for this project is the wise leadership of our nation. They want to invest in the country’s youth and we want to take that forward and encourage to make sports as a way of life.”
He Al Rumaithi stressed the MoU is a pathway to create a movement to educate the community of the benefits of sports through community programmes like competitions, lectures and roadshows through the Department of Education and Knowledge.
The MoU also states they would invite sporting icons and celebrities occasionally to inspire the younger generation to pursue sporting careers as well as unearth talented youngsters in various sporting disciplines.
Dr Al Nuaimi, head of the Department of Education and Knowledge, pointed out that schools play a pivotal role in attracting students to participate in various sports.
“The importance of the project is not only to discover talented students but also to create a social movement that contributes to changing the behaviour, through studies and research,” he said.
“Sporting activities in community schools help raise awareness of the importance of sports, raise the level of fitness and training for all members of society and improve public health.”
Dr. Al Khaili, head of Community Development Department, was full of praise on the steps taken by the Department of Education and Knowledge to expand the community schools project.
“Community schools enhance community unity within a family framework,” he said.
“They play a pivotal role in supporting and sustaining community development programmes by providing improved lifestyle of individuals.”