Abu Dhabi picks operators for new Charter Schools system


Operators have been selected by the Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK) to run the first phase of new Charter Schools which will offer American-based curriculums to kindergarten and elementary levels pupils.

Following a tender bidding and evaluation process, ADEK said it has chosen Aldar Education, Bloom Education and Taaleem.

ADEK introduced the Charter Schools project earlier this year, aiming to provide a third education model in Abu Dhabi, through the exchange of expertise between the public and private sectors, state news agency WAM reported.

In 2018, ADEK inaugurated Al Rayana School in Al Falah area as a pilot for the Charter Schools project, and at the beginning of the next academic year 2019-2020, the project will expand to 12 Charter Schools, nine of which are based in Abu Dhabi city and three in Al Ain city.

Aldar Education has a network of schools in the UAE while Bloom Education has ties with international partners, such as Brighton College from the UK, Dwight School from New York and MindChamps Nurseries from Singapore and Taaleem has a portfolio of 10 international schools and pre-schools.

Sarah Cooper, Aldar Education CEO, said: “I am delighted that Aldar Education has been chosen as a new operator for Charter Schools; we are committed to providing our students with a high-quality inclusive education combined with a strong set of values and a future-focused vision of learning.”

Nilay Ozral, CEO of Bloom Education, said: “By leveraging the expertise from our international schools, we are confident that teachers, parents, and students will benefit greatly from the schools joining the Charter Schools project. The most important stakeholder in this partnership is our students and we will ensure that the schools we operate provide an exceptional quality of education and opportunities for all.”

Alan Williamson, Taaleem CEO, added: “In partnership with ADEK, Taaleem is delighted that we have been invited to play a key role in launching four new Charter Schools as part of the regulator’s forward-thinking initiatives aimed at driving performance and broadening education and career opportunities for all stakeholders involved.”

Khuloud Aldhaheri, division manager of Educational Institution Contract Management at ADEK, said: “The Charter Schools project aims to establish a sustainable educational model and create a competitive environment in which educational operators provide the highest quality of services. More importantly, Charter Schools will offer stimulating environments and innovative learning practices to provide a truly transformational journey for students.”

The first phase of the Charter Schools project is set to provide 15,000 spaces for pupils.

Students will be exposed to creative thinking, leadership and innovation that will eventually prepare them to be confident global citizens and upskill them to address future challenges and job opportunities.

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