Ta’alouf Teachers Training programme comes to an end

Al Jalila Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to transforming lives through medical innovation and a member of Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, celebrated 70 new graduates from the eighth cohort of the Ta’alouf Teachers Training Programme. The programme equips teachers with the knowledge and skills to better understand the learning needs of children with disabilities. The latest graduation of the programme has directly impacted 231 children with developmental disabilities and indirectly impacted more than 11,700 children in the UAE.

 The one-year programme was established in 2014 in partnership with Zayed University. It is supported by the UAE Ministry of Education and the Dubai Knowledge and Human Development Authority. The Ta’alouf (harmony in Arabic) programme is delivered in English and Arabic. The eighth cohort includes teachers of 12 nationalities. The teachers, 70% of whom were UAE nationals, come from all emirates of the UAE.

The comprehensive Ta’alouf programme includes monthly trainings, participation in professional learning communities and individual mentoring sessions. In the latest edition of the programme, 32 inclusion initiatives were implemented in UAE schools. These initiatives included information sessions for students, parents and teachers, peer-to-peer programmes and a range of other programmes aimed at improving learning for children with special needs.

“Al Jalila Foundation aims to provide the most effective educational programme to improve the lives of children with special needs. We are proud to have had the opportunity to empower teachers across the country and give them vital skills to provide a continuum of care between a child’s home and school,” said Dr Abdulkarim Sultan Al Olama, CEO of Al Jalila Foundation.

With the support of its partners and donors, Al Jalila Foundation has invested AED 3 million since the start of the Ta’alouf programme to equip teachers with the knowledge to enable determined children to reach their full potential and realise their dreams.

Al Jalila Foundation partnered with Zayed University to run eight courses and train 548 teachers from 163 public and public schools in seven emirates, reaffirming its commitment to children’s determination, happiness and well-being.

For more information on the Al Jalila Foundation, visit: www.aljalilafoundation.ae

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