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
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.