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Sharjah Ruler issues law regulating SEA

SHARJAH, 8th December, 2021 (WAM) — H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, issued Law No. (4) of 2021 regulating Sharjah Education Academy (SEA).

The law stipulates that the Academy shall adopt the English name "Sharjah Education Academy", known as "SEA".

The headquarters of the Academy shall be in the city of Sharjah, and upon the approval of the Academy's Board of Trustees, it may establish branches in the other cities and regions of the Emirate.

According to the law, the academy aims to achieve the following:
1. Supporting and developing the education sector through preparing and qualifying educational staff and educational leaders in the field of education.

2. Providing innovative and accredited academic and professional programmes at the postgraduate levels: diploma, master’s degree and PhD in the fields of education.

3. Providing the latest professional and training programmes according to the needs of the educational community.

4. Developing and promoting of opportunities for scientific research, authorship and translation in the field of education.

5. Highlighting the educational position of the Emirate and promoting the Academy to be a scientific, cultural and national hub for education.

The law also stipulates that, to achieve its objectives, the Academy may exercise the following powers:
1. Drawing up the general policies and strategic plans related to the work of the Academy and necessary for offering educational and training programmes, and based on the requirements of the labour market in the field of education.

2. Presenting and offering academic and professional curricula and programmes for educational staff and leaders.

3. Granting accredited certificates with academic and professional degrees in accordance with the rules and regulations approved by the Academy.

4. Designing and developing educational and training programmes that are consistent with the goals of the Academy and in accordance with the educational system adopted by the Academy.

5. Providing training, professional development and consultancy services to all members of the educational community.

6. Preparing and financing scientific research and specialised projects in the field of quality education in partnership with national institutions and international organisations approved by the competent authorities.

7. Organising scientific and cultural conferences, events and activities related to education inside and outside the Emirate.

8. Concluding contracts, agreements, memoranda of understanding and partnerships with academies, universities, institutes, governmental and private organisations, agencies and institutions, locally and internationally.

9. Preparing and qualifying staff in the field of scientific research in the field of education.

10. Developing the necessary infrastructure for research, education, training and community awareness in line with best practices and approved international standards.

11. Working to approve academic and professional programmes from the competent authorities.

12. Implementing any other specialisation assigned to the Academy by the Governor.

According to the law, the Arabic and English languages are the two official languages of education and training in the Academy, according to the nature of the programmes approved by the Board of Trustees.

The Board may adopt other languages for education or training in the Academy as required by the nature of the approved programmes.

The law specifies that the administration of the academy shall be assumed by a president who represents the supreme authority in the academy and assisted by a board of trustees, and a number of specialised and experienced members, and their nomination shall be issued by the Ruler’s decision.

The Academy shall have a Director appointed by the president’s decision, and he shall be assisted by a number of deputies and heads of departments in their respective fields of specialisation.

The term of membership in the Council shall be three years, which may be extended for a similar period or periods, starting from the date of its formation, and the Council shall continue to conduct its business upon the expiry of its term until a new Council is formed, and those whose membership period has expired may be reappointed.

The law also included a number of articles and clauses that regulate the Academy's financial resources, in addition to rules and regulations.

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DEWA enhances effective contribution to sustainability of water resources on World Water Day

DUBAI, 22nd March, 2023 (WAM) – The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) partnered with the Emirates Marine Environmental Group to organise a campaign to plant 5,500 mangrove trees in the Jebel Ali Marine Reserve. The initiative aims to promote the preservation of natural resources and support national goals to sustain mangrove forests by planting 100 million mangrove trees in the UAE by 2030. DEWA also recognises the vital role of mangrove trees in preserving biodiversity, especially in the marine ecosystem.

The campaign involved the participation of about 350 DEWA employees and their families, as well as employees from some of DEWA's subsidiaries. DEWA also created an awareness campaign to highlight the importance of sustainability and ways individuals and organizations can support sustainability efforts. The campaign focused on enhancing water use efficiency and limiting waste, and also introduced stakeholders to DEWA's achievements and strategies that align with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

DEWA's awareness campaign included publishing tips and instructions for adopting a conscious and sustainable lifestyle through its internal channels and social media platforms. The organization also held competitions to motivate employees and customers to contribute to achieving sustainable development.

To raise awareness among students and faculty members, DEWA held virtual lectures about their role in supporting national and global efforts towards climate action by adopting positive behavior at home and work. Additionally, DEWA organized awareness activities at Global Village, introducing children to World Water Day with their cartoon characters, Noor and Hayat.

Overall, DEWA's campaign and awareness efforts serve as a great example of the importance of engaging all stakeholders in preserving natural resources and promoting sustainable development, in alignment with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA, said, “We strive to achieve sustainability through initiatives aimed at protecting the environment and wildlife, and fulfilling our commitments to meet the growing demand for electricity and water services according to the highest standards of availability, reliability, efficiency and sustainability. This is part of our vision to become a globally leading sustainable innovative corporation committed to achieving Net-Zero by 2050.

“We also strengthen our participation in finding innovative solutions to the challenges facing the region and the world to ensure water security and the sustainability of water resources for our future generations, and raise awareness about water issues, and the importance of concerted efforts to enhance climate action, reduce carbon footprint, and preserve natural and water resources. Implementing the Dubai Demand Side Management Strategy reduced water consumption by 21% per capita compared to 2010. This contributed to avoiding over 14 million tonnes of CO2 emissions in between 2011 and 2021.”

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UAQ Ruler pardons number of prisoners ahead of Ramadan

UMM AL QAIWAIN, 22nd March, 2023 (WAM) — H.H. Sheikh Saud bin Rashid Al Mu'alla, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Umm Al Qaiwain, has ordered the release of a number of prisoners from the punitive and corrective institutions in the Emirate, on the occasion of the Holy Month of Ramadan.

Sheikh Saud expressed his sincere wishes to see the released prisoners take the opportunity to start a new life and become productive members of society.

This step comes as part of Sheikh Saud’s efforts to allow pardoned inmates to start a new life and bring about joy to their families.

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Complete ‘Oyoon Al She’er Al Arabi’ Arabic poetry series launched on World Poetry Day

ABU DHABI, 22nd March, 2023 (WAM) — The Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Centre (ALC), part of the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi), has launched the complete “Oyoon Al She’er Al Arabi” Arabic poetry series for World Poetry Day on 21st March.

The initiative aims to revive Arab poetic heritage by publishing a collection of 100 books compiled from original sources by a group of researchers specialising in Arabic poetry.

The series includes anthologies of Arabic poetry from the pre-Islamic era to the 18th century, with insightful introductions and explanations catering to a wide range of readers.

Dr. Ali bin Tamim, Chairman of the ALC, said, “The release of the full ‘Oyoon Al She’er Al Arabi’ Arabic poetry collection is a cause for celebration, as we honour this essential component of our Arabic culture and language. Guided by the UAE’s vision for safeguarding and nurturing culture, we have developed a rich and unique reference for scholars and all those who love this authentic art form.

“A labour of love by the renowned poets, authors, and researchers created this valuable literary work, this initiative reflects the Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Centre’s mission to promote Arab cultural and linguistic heritage and make it accessible to wider audiences.”

Saeed Hamdan Al Tunaiji, Executive Director of the ALC, said that one key objective of the Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Centre is to make significant contributions to the preservation of Arab heritage, where poetry features as a prominent element.

“The ‘Oyoon Al She’er Al Arabi’ Arabic poetry series is an important achievement in this area, providing an integrated database that tracks the history of Arabic poetry. We are grateful to the 21 authors, researchers, and critics specialising in traditional Arabic literature, coming from countries across the Arab world, whose considerable talent and effort has resulted in this milestone collection,” he added.

The Centre launched the series’ first 25 books in 2021, while the second and third instalments of 25 books each were released in 2022. This release for World Poetry Day 2023 sees the complete collection of 100 books available for the very first time.

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