AOU organizes Cognitive and Professional Development of Teachers Conference
Prof. Moudi Al-Humoud, President of the Arab Open University (AOU), stressed on the need of the Arab world for highly qualified teachers to have a better-quality education. This came in a speech delivered in the opening of the Cognitive and Professional Development of Teachers Conference, which was organized by the AOU in the Dead Sea, Jordan, from 29 to 30 November, 2016, under the patronage of Deputy Prime Minister of Jordan and Minster of Education, Dr. Mohammad Thneibat.
Al-Humoud pointed to the AOU’s commitment to organize the conference in order to keep up with the sustainable development objectives approved by the UN and with the Incheon Declaration for Education 2030, which sets out a new vision for education for the next fifteen years. This declaration was approved in the World Education Forum 2015 in Incheon, Republic of Korea, which was organized by many international bodies, such as UNESCO, UNICEF, the World Bank, UNFPA, UNDP, UN Women and UNHCR, with participants from 160 countries.
On his opening speech, Dr. Mohammad Thneibat stressed on the importance of education in developing societies and growing nations. He added, ‘General development requires to consider teaching as a professional career that involves competition of the stakeholders of the education sector.’ He emphasized on the development of teachers through considering measurement, application, motivation and accountability, through making the career appeal competencies in order to get a professionally advanced education for our future generations, and through treating this career objectively.’ He added, ‘This cannot be unless we create the Arab community and build the brains of our young to put education in the proper way.’ He pointed out that 37% of families do not follow up the education of their children and there are about 70 million illiterates in the Arab world. He said, ‘This puts us in a situation that does not tolerate any compliments regarding the education process.’
Prof. Mohammad Abu Qudis, Director of the Arab Open University, Jordan Branch, said that the global developments, including globalization, and the significant advancements that have swept through societies and new economicsand have turned them into knowledge societies, require us to develop our education sector and teachers. He pointed to the importance of the fundamentals of quality, modernity, openness, and the ongoing contact with the developments in education, teacher preparation, and education faculties. He added it is vital to change the perception to the teacher and the teaching career.
Prof. Mahammad Hamdan, Member of the AOU Board of Trustees, said that this regional Arab conference intended to develop the educational process through the proper development of Arab teachers. He indicated that Jordan started this through Queen Rania Teacher Academy that awards a teaching license, which is considered as a necessary requirement to be a teacher.
The two-day conference, which witnessed a broad participation of specialists, experts and academics in the areas of education, higher education, and scientific research, from a number of Arab countries, discussed many papers on the methods of developing Arab teachers cognitively and professionally, and the use of technology in developing the teacher performance during the service in order to reach excellent educational outcomes.