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NRC and Emirates National Schools Sign MoU

Publish Date: 12-11-2014 | A- A A+

NRC and Emirates National Schools Sign MoU

Under the patronage of the Ministry of Presidential Affairs (MoPA), the National Rehabilitation Center (NRC) and Emirates National Schools (ENC) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to implement “Fawasel”, a comprehensive education program designed to develop the lifestyle skills of students aged 12-14 years old. Fawasel aims to address societal challenges such as substance abuse and encourages students become more active individuals in their communities.

The MoU was signed at the Ministry of Presidential Affairs’ headquarters by HE Dr. Hamad Al Ghaferi, Director General of NRC and Dr. Kenneth Vedra, Director General of Emirates National Schools on behalf of ENC.

The signing was attended by H.E. Ahmed Mohammed Al Humairi, Secretary-General of MoPA, H.E. Rashid Al Ameri,Chairman of NRC, H.E. Dr. Abdullah Moghrabi, Director of the Study and Research Sector in MoPA, H.E. Dr. Hamad Abdullah Ghaferi, Director General of NRC, Farouk Al Arabi, Legal Counsel at MoPA, Dr. Kenneth Vedra, Director General of Emirates National Schools, in addition to a number of officials from both sides.

This MoU will look to build national capabilities, promote principles of social responsibility and contribute in developing materials and tools to implement health education programs across the ENS network. It also aims to promote opportunities for students to participate in voluntary awareness work to build up their social responsibility.

H.E. Ahmed Mohammed Al Humairi, Secretary-General of MoPA and Chairman of Emirates National Schools, commended this collaboration between the Emirates National Schools and NRC, as a major step towards protecting students from the disease of addiction. He also confirmed that the Emirates National Schools will work diligently to implement the “Fawasel” program in hopes of maximising on the positive impact that such as program promises. The program represents a key component in the holistic education approach which ensures spreading awareness that will protect students and equip them with the right skills to become active contributors to this nation’s prosperity.

H.E. Al Humairi also highlighted the important role that NRC plays in providing social education and awareness, and stressed the importance of cooperation between NRC and educational and social institutions to raise awareness and reinforce prevention against the disease of addiction in the community.

Fawasel is the UAE version of a similar certified program run in Europe which NRC has brought to the UAE and tailor-made to suit the country’s traditions and customs.  The pilot session of Fawasel will be implemented in the current academic year for students aged 12-14 years across the ENC network, and will be run in phases. Firstly, ENS teachers trained up by Prof. Daniel Bilu, lecturer at Swiss Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training SFIVET so that they become Fawasel-certified instructors. A year after the program’s introduction in the curriculum, a review will be conducted to judge the program’s impact on students before the second session starts in the following academic year.

H.E Hamad Al Ghaferi, NRC’s Director General said: “The MoU is a result of our passion to continue engaging academic entities to join us in our quest to combat substance abuse. We, at NRC, place a great emphasis on unified efforts to have an addiction-free community and use our role to promote the social participation of students and their parents to spread awareness messages. In this capacity, we work towards enabling schools, developing the right education materials and tools, and promoting human capabilities.”

Al Ghaferi added: “We’re proud of adapting Fawasel to make it more harmonized and suit our traditions and customs, all without compromising the program’s context. Working with our partners, we’ve combined European experience and know-how and will be implementing the program according to best global practices whilst maintaining our national identity. I have no doubt that Emirates National Schools will enable its students’ to play a vital role in the community and do its utmost to raise their awareness on important issues such as substance abuse – a topic that till today is considered ‘taboo’ in our community.”

Dr. Kenneth Vedra, Director General of Emirates National Schools, said: “It is with great pleasure that we sign this agreement which will play a vital role in educating our students and developing their sense of responsibility. This will have a positive impact on the long-run since it will help shape their personalities and principles, and consequently benefit our society as a whole.  We aim to provide the necessary guidance to these students so we can help them make right decisions in their daily lives. I believe that this kind of awareness program strengthens a student’s sense of responsibility, and makes them more aware of the consequences of making a wrong choice.”

Dr. Kenneth Vedra added that the partnership between Emirates National Schools and NRC is rooted in their shared vision to provide of the educational process in schools. NRC also works on involving Emirates National Schools’ students through providing them with opportunities to  participate in a number of social awareness programs.

Emirates National Schools (ENS) was established by MoPA and first opened its doors in 2002 in Mohammed Bin Zayed City. Its schools currently consist of three campuses, Mohammed Bin Zayed City Campus, Al Ain City Campus and Abu Dhabi City Campus. Starting the 2014 -15 school year, ENS had 6,300 students enrolled across its three campuses, for kids kindergarten to grade 12. Its programs are based upon the educational requirements prescribed by the UAE Ministry of Education for Arabic, Islamic and UAE Studies, and offers an American-based curriculum.

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