Dean’s Speech at the Bahrain Teachers College Graduation Ceremony

February 21, 2019

In his address at the college’s 10 year anniversary celebration, the Dean of the Bahrain Teachers College, Dr. Ted Purinton, reflects on the the impact of a teachers college that is closely aligned with the schools in which its graduates will serve.

Congratulations Your Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Mubarak al Khalifa, Deputy Prime Minister, Chair of the Supreme Council for the Development of Education and Training; Your Excellency Minister of Education Dr. Majid bin Ali Al-Nuaimi; Your Excellency Undersecretary Dr. Mohamed Mubarak Juma, chair of the BTC governing council; Your Excellency President Professor Riyadh Hamzah.

Good morning to our students, faculty, graduates, Ministry of Education colleagues, University of Bahrain colleagues, and partners across this great Kingdom. Congratulations to you all, to Bahrain's education system, and to all that this college represents about the forward thinking and proactive nature of this country. Bahrain is on the move, and BTC is but one shining example.

As we think today about the college's great achievements in these past ten years, it is worthwhile for us to consider just how much of a global leader this college really is. At the Bahrain Teachers College, thanks to its continued and rich partnership with the Ministry of Education, professional practice at it the very heart of all we do. Our primary aim is to prepare teachers, and so we look not just to theory and research but also to how it translates to the actions and planning of teachers and school leaders.

Through the Ministry's impressive efforts in BTC’s student recruitment, the college is highly selective. And as a result, Bahrain’s best and brightest are the teachers who are and will be preparing the next generation of this country.

The close link between BTC and schools in the MoE is itself an illustration of just how deeply connected the college is to the classrooms in which its graduates will teach. One beautiful example of this is the Leadership Center that will be inaugurated today by His Highness. It reminds us that as a faculty of education, we must get out there into the schools and work side-by-side with teachers and school leaders to improve performance.

For these reasons, BTC so clearly and unmistakably sits in the ranks of the great faculties of education of this world--the institutions that dedicate all their efforts toward classroom teaching and the improvement of education on all levels.

All of you should be so proud of what you have accomplished in these past ten years. So now we head off into the next ten. I am excited to see how much further this college will grow, and I am personally very proud to be a part of all that this country is doing for education. Thank you all very much.
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