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Education meet concludes with empowerment call.

MUSCAT: The conference on 'Education, Empowerment and Excellence' ended yesterday with a call for the education system to strive to not only empower communities, but to also provide opportunities to them for excelling in their respective fields.

Organised by the Indian School Al Ghubra (ISG) under the auspices of the Ministry of Education, the two-day conference saw over 300 delegates from the Ministry of Education, Sultanate of Oman participating in it. While providing an excellent opportunity to share experiences, best practices and views on the education system, the conference also provided a platform for continuous dialogue.

Day Two, which was the concluding day of the conference, saw educationists discussing empowerment and excellence.

Eminent educationist, Dr Malathi Somaiah from IIM Bangalore, shared her expertise on training the trainers. She highlighted the importance of quality teachers and timely training to improve their expertise towards excellence.

Dr Sana Sabeel from the Ministry of Education, Sultanate of Oman, spoke on career guidance and Dr. Liz Jackson provided a global perspective on education.

Dr Fatma Anwer Al Lawati from the Ministry of Education made a presentation on gifted learners.

Dr Debashis Chatterjee, director, IIM Kozhikode spoke about excellence in education. He urged participants to not only excel individually but ensure that pupils under their tutelage reach their highest potential.

Expressing happiness over the successful completion of the conference, Ahmed Rayees, president, Indian School Al Ghubra said, "We received a lot of positive response from the participants."

Referring to the conference, he said, "The primary objective of this conference was to provide an opportunity to share experiences, best practices and views on the education system which is relevant at all levels.

"The emphasis is on teaching and learning based on ideals and principles that underline empowerment, pursuit of excellence and sustainability. We hope by getting together top academicians, thinkers and sagacious brains on one platform, we will be germinating seeds for thought on how to embrace path-breaking ideas so that the Sultanate of Oman remains at the forefront in world class teaching and learning."

He also added that the conference was an opportunity for mutual cooperation and friendly ties between the academic communities of India, Oman and other parts of the world.

"Indian School Al Ghubra's ambitious drive is to create a network of scholars and academic policy-makers from both our great nations and facilitate a forum to exchange research insights pertaining to opportunities and challenges with respect to education. We expect that such a network will contribute to establishing and strengthening personal contacts and friendship between the academic communities in India, the Sultanate of Oman and the world over," he said.

Stressing that the Sultanate is indeed a model for other nations with regard to its amazing culture and remarkable geographical diversity with emphasis on living in harmony with nature, Rayees said, "Understanding the needs and desires of the wide spectrum of different nationals living in Oman, a lot of emphasis has been placed on education.

His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said's guidance and the benevolence of his government, mirrors today the support and solidarity the Indian School system and the International schools have received from the Ministry of Education. I would like to express our gratitude to His Majesty and his government."

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Publication:Times of Oman (Muscat, Oman)
Date:Jan 24, 2012
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