Graduation Speech of the Minister of Education, Dr. Majid bin Ali Al Nuaimi
February 21, 2018
In his graduation address to recent Bahrain Teachers College graduates, Dr. Majid bin Ali Al Nuaimi reflects highlights the connection between education, health, citizenship, and human rights—and the unique role that the Bahrain Teachers College plays in this regard.
In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful Praise Be to Allah, Lord of the Worlds, and May Prayers and Peace be upon the Master of the Messengers, all his Family and Companions.
Your Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khalifa, Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of Supreme Council for the Development of Education and Training, Excellencies, Sirs, Graduates, Parents, and guests,
Peace, Mercy and Blessings of Allah be upon you.
It is my pleasure to welcome all of you on this day on which we honor and celebrate this batch of graduates of Bahrain Teachers College after having completed their preparation and qualification to join education, the field of honor and dedication and contribute to the building and prosperity of their homeland.
It is a great honor that this meeting is crowned by the patronage and presence of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khalifa, Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the Supreme Council for the Development of Education and Training. In this context, it is my pleasure to extend to Your Highness the most sincere thanks and appreciation for this blessed patronage and to congratulate Your Highness on your wise leadership of the Council and the achievements made in education and training fields thanks to the support of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, His Royal Highness Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, the Prime Minister and His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister.
I would also like to extend my sincere thanks to the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Bahrain Teachers College, the Dean of the College and its administrative and academic staff for their continued work for the sake of the progress of the College. On this occasion, I stress that the College will always receive all the support of the members of the Board of Trustees of the University of Bahrain, its President, members of the University Council and the colleges and departments of the University.
The American educator Lewin Wadez says that the school is a four-walled building but holds among them the future and this is the biggest evidence of the importance of the school. Educational experts also stress that the model school of the future is welcoming student and environmentally friendly school that promotes health, citizenship and human rights that focuses on the inclusive innovative learning process. This reflects the importance of the school in the developmental and social construction. Therefore, I tried through this slide to show the importance of the school where these graduates will be present. As Your Highness emphasizes, school has a great role in the educational process, and thankfully we have come a long way in this aspect and will also promote the role of the school in innovation and productivity.
The American poet, writer and critic Mark Darwin says "Education is the art of helping others to explore," and this is the role of you as teachers.
Studies and research specify the qualities of teachers qualified to prepare students for the future which is a very important task.. Teachers must have qualities and skills we and Your Highness cared for instilling in our students. These skills whether in terms of interest, high expectations related to good preparation and continuous education, leadership, innovation, and technology employment are all new tasks you are going and able to undertake God willing.
We will continue to provide all support to this College as it has become as Your Highness emphasizes a milestone in the educational process. Therefore, we will spare no effort to develop the outcomes of the College to achieve the aspirations of Your Highness and our dear guests.
This ceremony coincides with the passage of ten years of dedication, challenge and achievement since the establishment of Bahrain teachers College. We have spent these years working with all relevant parties in continuous work and enthusiasm as well as the constant attention of Your Highness to enable this college to take its leading educational and training role. This was strengthened by the close relationship between the College and the Ministry of Education, whether in terms of receiving graduates or organizing workshops and training programs aimed at the affiliates of the ministry. You, Praise be to Allah, are part of this great effort. Today, we have reached a distinguished level we are proud of as this college has become one of the numerous achievements of the Kingdom of Bahrain. I can briefly explain what this college has achieved in only one year as well as the past years. The College’s programs have received full credit in terms of quality of education and training. It graduated a total of 556 students in bachelor's degree, Diploma, Higher Diploma, totaling the number of graduates to 1750 students so far who are enriching the field of education in our schools, a number of whom Your Highness have met during your various visits. The College also offers training programs and courses for the public. All this effort shows the volume of work carried out in this College in ten fruitful years as shown by statistics and embodied in actions.
I would like to emphasize that the future role of this college will continue and its graduates will be assigned many tasks and we will, God willing, achieve our aspirations. These achievements will continue as the Ministry will continually follow up and evaluate its programs besides international evaluation whether by the World Bank, the United Nations or the international organizations holding challenging competitions. In this context, I would like to thank my colleagues for their effort in this area. For example, this is a document showing Bahrain topping the list of the countries that participated in the last two sessions of international tests of science and tennis sport in which our students, in cooperation with our colleagues and the parents, achieved 45 progress points so I would like to thank anyone who exerted sincere efforts in this regard.
Also, the Kingdom of Bahrain participated in the test of literacy skills for the first time and thankfully, this generation was able to achieve a distinguished result as our female students achieved the highest percentage over male and female students of all the Arab states and they deserve all the appreciation for this achievement. This is not the end, but only the beginning of a long way of continuous progress, work and achievements in which we will be partners.
Therefore, when these positive results were announced, we did not leave them on shelves or in the drawers. Instead, we forwarded them to the College to consider, study and evaluate them and so that the teachers, students and trainees can develop them, and determine the points that need to be developed. This is because we believe that linking teachers to the field is the main reason for achieving these distinguished results.
We then analyzed these results with our brothers in the College, and focused on the points that need to be developed because the students of the College will later join the schools and teach students who will do these tests.
The Ministry will not only concentrate on this area as we currently have an ambitious plan and work teams that are working on introducing more curricula that advance the education process which has made great achievements thanks to the support of our wise leadership. Therefore, the field will witness the introduction of courses on artificial intelligence as well as the expansion on digital technology and renewable energy programs so as to meet the high expectations of Your Excellency.
Finally, I would like to reiterate my congratulations and appreciation to my fellow graduates. I would also like to thank parents and colleagues who are both working and at the same time continuing their studies in the College to obtain a diploma in school leadership.
Once again I congratulate Your Highness and conclude paying gracious tribute to Your Highness at the fourth ceremony as Your Highness referred to this College as a good tree we reap its fruit this year and every year as well.
Thank you very much.