The Khalifa international Award for Early Learning Field is an International Education Award founded in the United Arab Emirates. The Award is intended to enhance the educational sector within the UAE, and throughout the Arab world at large, by honouring the distinguished efforts of educators in the various fields of teaching and specialised education.
The education process, with all the achievements made to date at various levels, will continue to face challenges. Such challenges will require diligent work, innovative policies and practices in order to keep pace with the technological and scientific advancement in the world.
Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan
The Award’s aim is to usher in a new dynamism in the educational process, in tune with contemporary advancements in scientific knowledge and information technology.
His Highness Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of the Presidential Court and Chairman of the Council of Trustees of The Khalifa Award for Education
The Award is intended to discover and recognize research, programmes, methodologies and advanced teaching practices.
We seek to identify research on early childhood education and care that supports improvements in practice. This category includes studies that provide innovative solutions to problems, new insights into learning and teaching, and enrich the evidence base for policy and practice in ways that can lead to meaningful improvements in early learning.
Applications for the Best Research and Studies Prize be judged on four criteria: innovativeness, importance, methodological rigor, and impact. Each of the criteria will be assigned equal value in judging the applications. To assist in preparing applications, we provide four main questions (with sub-questions under each) that should be addressed in each application. Research should have been published in some form already (for example a government or nongovernmental organization report, a book or book chapter, or a journal article) but such publications should be the basis for an application not the application itself. Each application should include an abstract of no more than 300 words that includes a brief description of the research and addresses all four criteria. Applications should be no more than 10 pages excluding the abstract, references, and an optional appendix of up to 3 pages that may include links to publications and other materials on-line.
We seek to identify initiatives that aim to improve early learning in homes, informal care, or formal care and education with demonstrated improvements in quality and/or the learning and development of the young children served.
Applications for the Best Programs, Curricula, and Teaching Practices Prize will be judged on four criteria: innovativeness, importance, impact, and feasibility/sustainability. Each of the criteria will be assigned equal value in judging the applications. To assist in preparing applications, we provide four main questions (with sub-questions under each) that should be addressed in each application. Each application should include an abstract of no more than 300 words briefly describing the program and addressing each of the four criteria. All programs submitted for consideration should have been subject to an evaluation of implementation or outcomes that provides evidence of program implementation and potential or documented impacts on practice in early learning and on early learning outcomes. Applications should be no more than 10 pages excluding the abstract, references, and an optional appendix of up to 3 pages that may include links to videos, publications, and other materials on-line.
His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Bin Mabarak Al NahayanMinister of Tolerance and Coexistence
When the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan united the Emirates in 1971 and founded our nation, he instituted an educational system that reflected his conviction that the true wealth of our country lies in its men and women. Our national leaders who follow Sheikh Zayed’s vision for the future of the UAE recognize that education in the early school years offers a unique, never to be duplicated, opportunity for children to develop their thinking and their communication and creativity skills that help ensure their future contributions to the world. I join people from around the world in applauding the establishment of the Global Khalifa international Award for Early Learning and congratulate those who will be recognized by this distinguished award for their unparalleled contributions to the development of our future leaders and innovators.
Her Excellency Noura Al KaabiMinister of Culture and Youth
“The Khalifa Award for Early Learning is a testament to our leadership’s vision for the nation’s youth, in raising and educating them to be our country’s next pioneers. The launch of the global edition of Khalifa Award for Early Education aims to support and encourage research studies, best practices and innovation, as well as promoting the culture of excellence in early childhood education. With developmental programmes and policies that nurture a child’s potential and foster his/her talent, we will continue to support the future generation who will be equipped with science and knowledge to innovatively face challenges of tomorrow.”
Her Excellency Hessa Bint Essa BuhumaidMinister of Community Development
Year after year, “Khalifa Award for Education” worked toward enhancing individuals in different fields of education, and promoting knowledge, creativity and excellence. Today, the award is launching “Khalifa International Award for Early Education” a cross-border knowledge transfer. This award is from the United Arab Emirates to the world carrying a message of new aspirations and contributions to achieve the best for humanity. The award, reflects the first critical years of a child’s life where the personality characteristics from intellectual capabilities to social behavior is shaped. Toward more success “Khalifa International Award for Early Learning” Team.
Steven BarnettChairman Awarding Committee Member
“The new Khalifa International Award for Early Learning brings to the world’s attention the critical importance of education in the first years of life in setting the foundation for the well-being of children and societies, by rewarding and publicizing excellence in early childhood research, programs, and practice.”
“The Khalifa International Award for Early Learning raises to unprecedented heights the recognition—nationally and internationally—accorded research, policy, and practice that support excellence in the education of young children.”
“The Khalifa International Award for Early Learning acknowledges the tremendous value of high-quality early childhood education for children, families, and nations around the globe as well as in the UAE. As the pre-eminent prize for excellence in research to improve early childhood practice, and for early childhood programs, the award will foster progress at home and around the globe. Educational leaders, teachers, parents, and the public will benefit from the knowledge highlighted and disseminated.”
“The Khalifa International Award for Early Learning rewards the world’s best research and programs to support excellence in the education of young children. The Award elevates efforts to improve learning in the early years to their proper place among the foremost national and international priorities. “
Fatima AlBastakiAwarding Committee Member
It has been an honour to be involved in the Khalifa International Award for Early Learning this year. As an experienced educator and administrator with a depth of knowledge in the area of Early Childhood Education, I am inspired to see the recognition given to this area internationally, as well as the high caliber of outstanding work that will be submitted for the awards, in both the research and practice areas.
Iram SirajAwarding Committee Member
“Early Childhood Research is gaining prominence across the globe as the sector is recognised as a legitimate and sometimes vital stage of human development. However, the quality of research, researchers and the capacity for excellence is still developing. This Khalifa award is a rare recognition of the existing and growing capacity of high calibre studies and researchers. It is a timely recognition and will motivate further excellence and expansion of early childhood research across the globe.”
“The timely Khalifa award offers generous recognition of research excellence in early childhood research. There are very few awards that provide such motivation to the best researchers in the field to aspire them to aim even higher. The award offers the opportunity to researchers to extend their reach and impact across the world.”
“There are very few international research awards for educational research and virtually none for those who research in the field of early childhood education. The Khalifa award is a genuine and unique contribution to raising the status and value of early childhood research in the world.”
Jana FlemingAwarding Committee Member
The Khalifa Award’s special attention to supporting research and evidence-based practice to inform the creation of early learning programs for children with special needs is especially timely and positioned to make a meaningful contribution to the field worldwide. This unique award will not only enhance the capabilities of researchers, policymakers, and practitioners, it will also further inspire them to strive to enrich early childhood programs in order to promote optimal outcomes for all children.
Her Excellency Sanaa Mohammed SuhailDirector General of the Abu Dhabi Early Childhood Authority
Introducing early Learning into Khalifa Award for Education’s fields is a new and key step towards supporting the early childhood development sector in the UAE and worldwide. This promotes children’s access to high-quality educational services during their early years, the period in which children enrich their learning skills and develop national, moral, cultural values that contribute to shaping their personalities.
The award will increase research contribution to the development of a qualitative early education sector based on scientific evidence and the best international practices. In addition to adopting innovation in early education, the award will advance practitioners’ various educational and developmental skills by designing the best programs, improving curriculum, promoting innovative educational practices and modern teaching methods. This helps fulfill the aspirations of the wise leadership in preparing our generations for the next fifty years.
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