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Irish Teacher Survey and Visit to the UAE by Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh TD

The Irish Embassy in Abu Dhabi has launched a survey to build a better picture of the profile, needs and views of the Irish teacher community in the UAE, Qatar and Kuwait. Irish teachers working in the region are extremely highly-regarded, following in a long tradition of Irish educators working overseas, and we are very proud of them and of the contribution they make. The survey will enable the Irish Embassy in Abu Dhabi to better understand and address the needs of Irish teachers while they are living and working in the Gulf.

The survey can be accessed at the following link until the 25th of May:

Ireland’s Minister for Education & Skills, Mr Joe McHugh TD, will visit the UAE from 11th to 14th June. Minister McHugh wants to hear directly from Irish teachers in the region on a range of issues related to the teaching profession in Ireland, including teacher retention and teacher recruitment, their plans for returning to Ireland and any obstacles that might prevent them from doing so.

“Town-hall”-type meetings will be held in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Dubai for the Minister to meet with the Irish teaching community. Registration for these events can be found here:

Abu Dhabi

Al Ain


Speaking at the launch of the survey, Ambassador Aidan Cronin said, “In preparation for Minister McHugh’s visit, the Embassy is today launching a survey of Irish teachers in our Gulf countries of accreditation so we have a clearer picture of the profile, needs and views of this significant community. I would encourage all Irish teachers in the UAE, Qatar and Kuwait to take just 15 minutes to complete the survey. The survey will also give those of us who work in the Irish Embassy a better insight into how we can connect with you and support you while you are living and working in the region.”

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