Lt. General HH Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior attended on Monday, the launch ceremony of the fourth edition of the “Aqdar Intelligently” initiative for electronic awareness for 2015-2016, which is part of the Khalifa Student Empowerment Program. The ceremony was held at the Applied Technology High School in Ras Al Khaimah.

During the ceremony, His Highness honored the students and schools winners of the third edition of “Aqdar Intelligently” for 2014-2015, as well as all of the entities participating or supporting the competition.

Winners of the public voting category were as follows: students Hamad Salem Al Mutawa and Mohammed Al Hammadi, from Al Khalil Bin Ahmed Secondary School for Boys in Sharjah and Amina Al Mansouri and Mariam Al Naqbi from  Albahithaalbadeya high school in Sharjah tied for first place for their projects  “Restart” and “ E-responsibility and social communication skills” respectively. Students Hayat Al Hosani and Salma Al Hammadi from the Dalma Technical Secondary School in Abu Dhabi ranked second for the project “Health Computer Guide”, while students Reem Al Hammadi And Mariam Ahmed from the same school ranked third.

The winning projects by jury vote were as follows: students Shawk Al Shehhi and Sheikha Al Kalbani, from Al Dhait Secondary School for Girls in Ras Al Khaimah ranked in first place for their project “Unknown Trick”. Students Aisha Al Raisi and Mayssa Nasser from the Jamilah Bouhrid Secondary School, in Kalba, Sharjah ranked second, followed by students Amar Al Raisi and Sultan Al Dhaheri from ATHS in Al Ain in third place.

Winning schools for the best effective and distinguished participations were as follows: El Khalil bin Ahmed High School in Ras Al Khaimah came in first place, followed by the STS in Delma/Abu Dhabi, and Madhab Secondary School in Fujairah, ranking second and third respectively.

During the ceremony, several entities were also honored, notably, the Ministry of Education; the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research; the Abu Dhabi Education Council; the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA); the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA);  the National E-Security Authority; the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments; and Al Ameene service. Also honored were the Ministry of Interior's Child Protection Center; the Directorate General of Crime Prevention and Community Protection at the Ministry of Interior; the Mohamed Bin Rashid Smart Learning Program (MBRSLP); the Family Development Foundation; the Abu Dhabi Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (ACTVET); Knowledge Point Education Consultant; the Applied Technology High School and the Secondary Technical School (STS).

His Highness Sheikh Saif toured the building housing the aeronautics and welding workshops at the Secondary Technical School; where he was briefed by students on the various devices and systems. Moreover, His Highness reviewed the leading scientific projects carried out by the Mechanical and Electrical Engineering College students at the Applied Technology Institute.

In his address on the occasion, His Excellency Hussain Al Hammadi, Minister of Education, praised the Khalifa Student Empowerment Program “Aqdar”, praising its role in educating students, especially with respect the optimal use of the Internet and social media. He also expressed his heartfelt thanks and appreciation to his Highness Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior for his leading initiatives that support all sectors of society, especially in the educational field.

The ceremony was attended by Dr. Amal Abdullah Al Qubaisi, Director General of the Abu Dhabi Education Council; Dr. Abdullah Al Karam, Director General of the Knowledge and Human Development Authority in Dubai; Saif Al Mazrouei, Advisor at the Ministry of Higher Education; and General Ali Abdullah Alwan, Commander-in-Chief of Ras Al Khaimah Police.

For his part, Colonel Expert Dr. Ibrahim Mohammed Al Dabal, General Coordinator of the Khalifa Student Empowerment Program “Aqdar” delivered a speech on the occasion, by which he highlighted the goals and objectives of the program and the milestones achieved in the last period. Moreover, he expressed his thanks and appreciation to the program’s partners in the Government and private sectors.

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