Science and arts are key to development, Sheikh Hazza tells pupils

ABU DHABI // Science and arts are key pillars in development, Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed, Deputy Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Council, told pupils during a school visit.

“If technology contributes to push the development wheel forward, arts — including music — serve as a mirror reflecting human feelings and their living memory,” Sheikh Hazza said during a visit to Bateen School for Boys. He was accompanied by Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

“As we call for science and arts, we should also pay attention to learning languages so students can gain skills to express themselves confidently. Those who do not command their mother language cannot practise creative thinking,” Sheikh Hazza said.

He added it is important for educators to give proper attention to sports and health so as to build students’ character.

Sheikh Hazza was welcomed at the school by Hussain Al Hammadi, Minister of Education, Jameela Al Muhairi, Minister of State for Public Education, Dr Ali Al Nuaimi, Director-General of Abu Dhabi Education Council, and a number of senior education officials.

He then visited the Zayed Education Complex at the Abu Dhabi Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (ACTVET), where he watched a presentation on the main features of ACTVET’s strategic plan 2016 — 2020, which were derived from Abu Dhabi Vision 2030.

Sheikh Hazza was welcomed by Mubarak Al Shamsi, Director-General of ACTVET, and met a number of administrators, faculty members and a group of female students and spoke with them about the academic programmes and services. He also toured laboratories and other facilities, reported Wam, the state news agency.

Published: September 18, 2016 04:00 AM