About Qudwa

Qudwa is a forum that seeks to elevate the teaching profession in the UAE and improve the future of education. Qudwa sees teachers as the change agents of our education system and draws on their expertise to spur innovation, creativity, and collaboration.  In that sense, it is an event for teachers, by teachers.

Organized by the Education Affairs Office of the Crown Prince Court of Abu Dhabi, Qudwa is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

Qudwa connects teachers with decision-makers to discuss the education practices that will have the greatest positive impact on students in the UAE.  Qudwa is an important part of the UAE’s forward-thinking, multicultural educational environment, and of its ambition to become a global leader in education with a future-ready education system.


About Qudwa 2019

Under the theme of “Teaching for Global Competence”, the third edition of Qudwa continues to place teachers at the heart of the conversation about making our schools future-ready.

The ability of students to thrive in a rapidly changing global context increasingly depends on the capacity of their teachers to impart a new set of skills for global competence, such as the ability to seek and evaluate information, weigh different points of view, and apply critical thinking to make a difference in their communities.  To foster these skills, teachers in the UAE will need to become lifelong learners themselves—role models who continuously update their own skills and knowledge.  

Qudwa 2019 promotes a vision of Continuous Professional Development for teachers as an essential element of quality teaching, and the UAE strives toward an educational environment where teachers are valued, supported knowledge workers who have opportunities to grow professionally and work collaboratively.  Building on a series of focus groups held in 2019, the Forum seeks to create a culture of collaboration among teachers to support teaching for global competence.