Sharjah Children Council to Conclude 15th Edition in presence of HE Jameela Al Muhairi

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  • The final session of the 15th edition to be held 4 November at the Consultative Council of Sharjah

Under the patronage of the wife of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah, Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs (SCFA), Chairperson of Rubu’ Qarn Foundation for Creating Leaders and Innovators, the Sharjah Children Shura Council will hold its fourth and final session of the 15th edition, themed ‘Working Together for a Better Nation’, at the Consultative Council of Sharjah, on Sunday, November 4, at 5:00 pm.

The session will host Her Excellency Jameela Al Muhairi, Minister of State for Public Education and Dr. Tarifa Ajeef Al Zaabi, Founder of Go-Glocal, and training expert. The session will address the topic of increasing children’s contribution to society and identifying the right methods to promote their awareness about future variables and demand.

Council members have undergone two preparatory workshops. The first was held in Al Heera Children’s Center and conducted by Professor Mohamed bin Dakheen, Head of Government Communications and International Organisations at the Securities and Commodities Authority. The workshop aimed to highlight the UAE’s achievements and global impact in education, governance and economic development. The workshop also discussed the concepts of loyalty and belonging to the nation and reminded children of their roles and responsibilities as council members.

The second workshop by Professor Hicham El Amrani, General Manager at ACG Consulting and Training, took place in Mleiha Children’s Center and discussed children’s innovative ideas about cars of the future. The workshop also helped participants conceptualise the questions that they could pose to the guests at the final session, as well as encouraged them to think positively and inspired them to follow their dreams to achieve personal and professional success.

Aysha Ali Al Kaabi, Acting Director of Sharjah Children said: “The previous sessions in this edition, in addition to this fourth and final session, reflect the Council’s vision and strategy to build an educated generation who is aware of the issues facing its nation and society. Our aim is to instill in children positive attitudes and teach them the values of shura, the process of decision-making by consultation and deliberation, which will enable them to speak their minds and discuss pressing issues with government officials tactfully”.

Al Kaabi added: “The philosophy of the Council is inspired by the vision of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, and his wife Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, to build an educated generation of young leaders who can play a key role in the development of their country”.

She noted that the presence of Her Excellency Jameela Al Muhairi, Minister of State for Public Education, offers children a unique opportunity to discuss issues related to education and express their opinions about their aspirations and how they can contribute to the UAE’s development.

HE Jameela Al Muhairi was appointed as Minister of State for Public Education in February 2016. She has 20 years of ‎experience in the field of education management. She was a member of the board of directors of the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) in Dubai. She worked towards the ‎development of a world-class school performance management system for schools in Dubai, by a decision of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council of Dubai, who established the Dubai Schools Inspections Bureau at the KHDA and appointed Al Muhairi Chief of the Bureau in 2007.

Her Excellency Jameela Al Muhairi has held various positions at the Ministry of Education from 1995 to 2004. She then became Executive Director of Dubai Knowledge Village from 2004 to 2007. She also served as Executive Director of the Private Education Sector at the Dubai Education Council. She is a member of Dubai Cares.

Tarifa Ajeif Al Zaabi is Founder of Go-Glocal, and a professional trainer in management, effective leadership, organization development and skills improvement. She is a ‘Certified Lego Serious Play Trainer and Facilitator’ from Denmark in 2010, a ‘Mind-Mapping’ trainer, and Quality Control Officer at Dubai Government Excellence Program 2017. She has received several interactive training certificates, such as the ‘Certified Trainer and Critical Thinking Facilitator’ from The American Coaching Association in 2013, and ‘Certified Personality Dimensions® Trainer” from The Canadian Center in 2005. In 2015, she received the ‘Entrepreneurial Personality of the Year’ Award from the ‘Mohammed Bin Rashid Awards for Young Business Leaders’ and graduated from the UAE Government Leaders Program.

An initiative by Sharjah Children Centres, a subsidiary of Rubu’ Qarn for Creating Leaders and Innovators, the Sharjah Children Shura Council (SCSC) aims to build a generation that is aware and educated on parliamentary life in the UAE, in line with the emirate’s vision to encourage children to lead through education and participation in the legislative process. The council establishes principles based on respecting the opinions and freedoms of others, with Islamic values enshrined in its philosophy.

The theme for the 15th edition of SCSC, ‘Working Together for a Better Nation’ was conceived to describe the spirit of cooperation and solidarity that unites the people of the UAE and heralds the progress of the country in general and Sharjah in particular. It was created to combine a sense of belonging to the nation, with the qualities of loyalty and allegiance held in high regard. Encapsulating the essence of giving, the slogan was formulated to align with Sharjah’s commitment to development through empowering children and helping them realise their full potential.

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