Dr. Ruida Abu Rass was awarded the UNESCO Prize for her contribution to promoting multicultural discourse at the UNESCO international conference. The conference was held at the Abai Kazakh National Pedagogical University in the city of Almaty, formerly the capital of the Republic of Kazakhstan, to mark the 90th anniversary of the founding of Abai University and on the 10th anniversary of UNESCO's outreach activities among cultures.
At the conference, Dr. Abu Rass delivered a lecture on "Teacher Training in the 21st Century" based on four principles: 1) knowledge in the teaching profession, 2) pedagogic knowledge including the use of advanced technology, 3) developing reflective and critical thinking, 4) learning how to live together. The lecture included examples of activities and projects taking place at the College, especially the Center for the Advancement of Shared Society, which promotes acceptance of the other and equal treatment of the different cultures of the students, academic and administrative staff.
Dr. Ruwaida Abu Rass is the Head of the Master's in Teaching English as a Foreign Language program and UNESCO Chair Holder for Multi-culturalism in Teacher Education at Beit Berl College. She headed the English Department Heads' Forum at MOFET Institute for five years, addressing issues relating to English education in teacher training colleges in Israel, and previously served as Head of the English Department in the Arab Academic Institute for Education at Beit Berl College for four years. Dr. Abu Rass’ main areas of interests are Teaching English as a Foreign Language (EFL), multi-culturalism in teacher education, and teaching and teacher education, in which she conducted several studies and published several articles.