Abu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi has honored three exceptional private school teachers on the occasion of World Teachers’ Day, which is celebrated internationally on October 5.
The Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Information (Adek), which regulates private and charter schools in the emirate, held a surprise award ceremony for three teachers in each of its schools. The winners of the World Teachers’ Day awards were selected from a pool of school nominees and include Mayoor Private School’s computer science teacher Greeshma Rajesh Anil Kumar, British School Al Khubairat’s art teacher Daniel Stephen Emery and Suneela Bukhari Salman. Chaudhry, English teacher at Islamiya English School Abu Dhabi.
Adek honored the teachers for their dedication and contribution to the profession. This is a tradition that is now in its fourth year. The authority said it received more than 190 candidates this year, which reflects increasing participation in the initiative since 2019.
At the surprise award ceremony organized in each school, ADEK’s representatives included school leaders and colleagues as well as students to celebrate the remarkable work of the winning teachers during the past year. They were presented with prizes and a trophy and were praised in student stories.
“This is a great day for me. I am very happy and proud of this recognition, which I did not expect today. I want to thank the principal of our school and all my colleagues for the great support they have given me throughout my teaching journey. My advice to young teachers is to believe in themselves and their ability to succeed; If I can win this accolade, so can anyone else. On World Teachers’ Day, I wish all teachers the very best; you are shaping the next generation who will become world leaders,” Anil Kumar said after being felicitated.
Emery expressed his surprise at the recognition.
“I am happy and shocked because this is the first time I have received this kind of recognition. Although I was lucky to have my name on this recognition, I believe that I only represent our school culture and the people I work with, so this is for everyone in our school. My advice to future teachers is to love what you you do, and be patient and always remember that being a teacher is a challenging but enjoyable and rewarding journey,” he said.
Chaudhry, on the other hand, advised teachers to make friends with their students.
“I am thrilled and amazed by this surprise, yet humbled to be selected as one of the winning teachers for this initiative. I am grateful to Allah and to our principal, who has been a true mentor and source of support throughout my school days. Being a teacher is not just a profession, it is a passion in the heart; it’s not about teaching a lesson, it’s about being able to read students’ thoughts and feelings. My advice to all other teachers is to make your students ready to learn before you teach them, be their friend, understand their thinking and only then will you be a successful teacher,” he said.