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New School Type in Abu Dhabi

by Eddie Rayner

The Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK) has announced implementing the Charter Schools project through the Education Partnership Schools (EPS) programme, which creates charter schools funded by the government and run by the private sector.

Following a thorough tender bidding and evaluation process, ADEK identified three leading private sector educational operators in the Emirate, which are Aldar Education, Bloom Education and Taaleem.

The Charter Schools programme is set to provide 15,000 seats in the coming academic year across 12 public schools.

The EPS programme is one of the initiatives launched by the Abu Dhabi Government Accelerators Programme, Ghadan 21, under its social pillar, which will develop and prepare students with the skills for the future and help to deliver the national vision.

The 12 public schools, nine of which are based in Abu Dhabi City and three in Al Ain, will offer kindergarten and elementary education, with more stages to be introduced as children progress in their education.

Sara Musallam, Chairperson of ADEK, commented, “This partnership with the private sector will benefit all stakeholders in the education ecosystem including students, parents, teachers and administrators. Educators will also benefit from the training courses and workshops that come with the EPS programme.”

Khulood Al Dhaheri, Division Manager of Educational Institution Contract Management at ADEK, who is managing the EPS programme, stressed that the programme’s ultimate goal is encourage competitiveness and boost efficiency by harnessing the expertise of the private sector.