Graduation Speech of the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Bahrain Teachers College, Dr. Mohamed Mubarak Jumaa
February 21, 2018
In his graduation address to recent Bahrain Teachers College graduates, Dr. Mohamed Mubarak Jumaa reflects on innovative approach that the college uses to transform quality education in Bahrain.
In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.
Your Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khalifa, Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the Higher Council for the Development of Education and Training, Excellencies, Colleagues, Brothers and Sisters.
Six years ago, on Wednesday 20 June 2012, Your Highness honored the Ministry of Education, the University of Bahrain and the Bahrain Teachers College, through sponsoring the graduation ceremony of the first batch of the students of Bahrain Teachers College. Your Excellency was eagerly following up the progress, development and growth of the outputs of this new College which contributed to providing the educational field with Bahrain's most promising talents.
Today, as we are celebrating the graduation of the 5th and 6th batches of the students of Bahrain Teachers College, we proudly, happily and appreciatively recall the patronage of Your Highness of Bahrain Teachers College since its establishment. You have been the best sponsor and supporter as through your directives and follow-up, the College was able to take its leading position among the best Teachers Colleges which is certified by external review reports.
It is said that experience is the best teacher as it offers the test first and the lesson later. However, at Bahrain Teachers College we offer our students the test and the lesson together through active work and training in the field of education. In addition, we provide our students with opportunities for continuous experience and practice as well as classroom qualitative training on teaching, its environment and methods in order to help College graduates gain early experience and knowledge of the requirements of the classroom that greatly exceed what traditional educational colleges offer in the field of teaching.
There is a famous Chinese proverb saying, “If you plan for one year, plant rice, if you plan for ten years, plant trees and if you plan for a lifetime, educate mankind.” The philosopher and educator John Dewey says, “Education is not preparation for life; it is life itself.” This is what we are doing at Bahrain Teachers College to enforce and implement the directives of Your Highness confirming the importance and pivotal role of the teacher in initiating development and growth in society at all levels. Your inspiring directives have always been a guiding light for us to assume this responsibility and we feel deep gratitude to Your Highness for this.
I would like to seize this opportunity to express deep thanks and appreciation to His Excellency Dr. Majid bin Ali Al Nuaimi, Minister of Education and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the University of Bahrain for continuously supporting the Board of Directors of Bahrain Teachers College. His Excellency always reminds us of the aspirations of Your Highness to this college and its increasing role in serving education in the Kingdom of Bahrain. His Excellency the Minister spares no time or effort in supporting the Chairman and members of the Board of Directors of Bahrain Teachers College at all academic and administrative levels.
I would also like to thank the staff of the College who have shown a high degree of commitment and regularly attended the monthly meetings of the council and contributed through their opinions, ideas and proposals to the performance and development of the College.
May Allah Almighty protect the Kingdom of Bahrain and perpetuate the blessing of security and safety under the wise leadership of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and the government headed by His Royal Highness Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, Prime Minister and the support of His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister.
Thank you very much.