His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, witnessed today the launch of a family-school application, Adheedak (Arabic for Your Assistant) that seeks to enhance societal cohesion and promote best educational practices.

The initiative will establish stability in the school community and have positive impact on the student's academic, societal and educational performance.

The initiative was launched today at Al Bateen Palace when Their Highnesses Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid and Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed received a delegation from the Ministry of Education and a group of Emirati model, inspirational families.

The launching ceremony was also attended by H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai; H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Ruler's Representative in Al Dhafra Region; H.H. Sheikh Tahnoun bin Mohammed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Ruler's Representative in Al Ain Region; H.H. Sheikh Saeed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Ruler's Representative; H.H. Sheikh Nahyan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation; H.H. Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior; H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs; H.H. Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Court; H.H. Sheikh Theyab bin Zayed Al Nahyan; H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation; H.H. Sheikh Khalid bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Zayed Higher Organization for People of Determination; H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation, and a number of Sheikhs.

Their Highnesses Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid and Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed praised these Emirati model families, which they said are keen to develop their children's academic, societal, behavioural and cognetive performance and encourage them to excel, exemplifying an integral and essential role between the family and school.

Highlighting the initiative, Their Highnesses said it serves as a communication channel between the family and school as it provides important educational information needed by all elements of the learning process. Selected activities provided by the app engage all societal actors.

Named by H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and Chairman of the Education and Human Resources Council, the app is a smart, interactive platform for the Emirati family to communicate with the school through selected student-centred and student-targeted activities.

The app provides users/parents with a menu of daily options, activities and tasks including setting dates for picking up their children, attending parent-teacher meetings, engaging in school cultural and entertainment activities including voluntary works, reading books and family fun activities. The app also features ISBN (International Standard Book Number) reader application, QR code, Geolocation, the identification or estimation of the real-world geographic location of an object.

The app has been carefully designed to empower educators to take informed decisions that support family-school communication and cooperation. For parents, it will engage them in diverse school cultural and amusement programmes. It will also improve the learners' academic attainment and performance.

Source: UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs