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MENAFN - Khaleej Times - 04/10/2012

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(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Teachers across the UAE have voiced their unswerving support for all measures the country's wise leadership led by the President, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, is taking to protect security and stability of the country and its people.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, the UAE Teachers' Association (UAETA) expressed loyalty of its members to the nation and its prudent leadership and affirmed its firm stand in defence of national issues, rejecting any interference by any foreign circles in the UAE's internal affairs.

"The UAE is an open, free country whose policy is primarily centred on the well-being and prosperity of its citizens and safeguarding its indigenous heritage," the statement emphasised.

Saeed Al Ka'abi, chairman of the Sharjah-based UAETA Board, said: "We must rally behind the leadership and join hands to promote loyalty to the nation and to preserve achievements realised throughout four decades of the history of the Union... We need to challenge ideas that aim to destabilise the country and work together to immunise young generations against these disgraceful thoughts."

He said President Khalifa had recently launched a series of generous initiatives out of his deep commitment to provide UAE citizens with a decent life by providing for their needs, boosting drive for nation-building and growth towards sustainable development, thus strengthening the foundation of the Union.

He indicated that Shaikh Khalifa had recently allocated Dh2 billion for implementing massive infrastructure projects in developing regions of the country, covering all sectors from roads, schools, houses and hospitals to water and electricity stations.

He added that the recent launch of the Mohammed bin Rashid Initiative for Smart Learning, a key plank of the UAE Vision 2021 for sustainable development and improving knowledge-based and technology learning outcomes, had presented a living example of the leadership's proper care for education and its support for the vital sector to cope with latest global transformation so as to be able to overdo learning systems in many other countries.

National education initiatives, he went on to say, aim to serve the interest of both the learner and his teacher by introducing advanced learning methods.

Meanwhile, Sharifa Musa, secretary-general of the UAETA, affirmed the leadership deserves every support and appreciation for its consistent efforts to upgrade the education sector.

Enumerating generous initiatives launched by UAE leaders for betterment of the education community, Musa said Shaikh Khalifa had ordered a pay rise to employees of the Ministry of Education to the tune of Dh1.1 billion.

His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, had ordered provision of financial allocations for new jobs and promotion of 7,782 teaching, administrative and technical staff, she added.


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