Shock at youngsters’ neglect of Arabic in UAE

shock at youngsters neglect of arabic in uae Shock at youngsters’ neglect of Arabic in UAEDubai, UAE: Young Arabs have been warned to “use it or lose it” if they want to become fluent in their native tongue.

The director of Arabic at Jumeira Baccalaureate School warned that many young Arabs in Dubai lack even the most basic skills in the language.

Young children are not being given enough exposure to the language, coupled with outdated ways it has traditionally been taught in schools.

“It was a shock when I first came to this school and noticed that the majority of the native Arabic-speaking children talk to each other and even their parents in English,” said Imad Nasr, of JBS.

“It’s not just the students here but I would say in general in Dubai Arabs do not converse in their native language and you see them talking among one another in English.”

Mr Nasr is now in his second year in his post and he said it was vital for parents and schools to work together to improve the standard.

“I would estimate about 70 per cent of our native Arabic-speaking pupils don’t use their first language outside of class,” he said.

“I also noticed that even the parents usually spoke to their children in English when they were dropping them off at school.”

With children watching English language films, playing English language computer games and, in many cases, being looked after by English-speaking nannies, they have very little contact with Arabic, he said.

Many parents also had a misguided notion that English was an advantage in getting jobs when, in fact, people who speak more than one language are far more attractive to potential employers, he said.

“One of the first things I did was to get the children to speak Arabic among one another while they were at school and with their parents,” Mr Nasr said.

“It’s very important that they speak the language as much as possible because it really is a case of use it or lose it.”

The syllabus has also been shifted to involve more focus on writing and speaking.

During his tenure, the improvement in pupils’ Arabic has been reflected in the latest KHDA report.

Last year, the school got one good rating in the 16 areas examined, with the rest rated as satisfactory in Arabic A category for native speakers.

But the most recent report highlighted a significant improvement, with 12 good ratings across all age groups.

This can be put down to a shift to a more western style of teaching Arabic.

“Arabic is a difficult language to learn and the old-fashioned way I and many others were taught was the teacher basically giving a lecture,” Mr Nasr said.

“The western method is better because it engages and excites pupils into learning, so I followed that way, and now when the children come to Arabic classes it fits in with the way they are being taught other subjects, so they find it easier.”

It is a method that has benefited many pupils at the school.

Emirati Ahmed Al Mahmood, 15, spent eight years in Germany before returning to Dubai two years ago and admitted there were difficulties in relearning Arabic.

“My dad was the ambassador there so I can speak fluent German and English, and although I did speak Arabic with my parents I very rarely used it in public,” he said.

“It’s improved a lot since I got back but I still struggle a little with classical Arabic.”

Fellow Emirati Tareq Abbasi, 16, agreed that many young Arabs predominantly spoke English among each another.

“I speak Arabic with my friends but I have noticed others that do not,” he said.

“It’s very important to continue to use Arabic as a language otherwise it will be lost.”

Hessa Al Qassim, 16, agreed and said it was vital for younger Arabs to continue using their language.

“It’s very easy to speak English because that is the dominant language around the world, and even in Dubai,” said the Emirati.

“That’s why I think it’s important the older generation continues to encourage children to speak it.”

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NYUAD’s class of 2014: where are they now?

nyuads class of 2014 where are they now NYUAD’s class of 2014: where are they now?From Oxford scholarships to pioneering projects, the university’s 140 inaugural graduates are pushing boundaries around the world.

The University of Oxford is the oldest in the English-speaking world and one of the most prestigious on the planet. To be accepted to study there is considered not just an honour, but an affirmation of one’s extraordinary intelligence, character and commitment.

Postgraduate student Shamma Sohail Al Mazrui, a 22-year-old Emirati from Abu Dhabi, won a scholarship to Oxford last year. Her path there, however, began at a far younger university – here in the UAE.

Ms Al Mazrui says enrolling at New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) was the best best decision she ever made. “Everything about NYUAD – from the students to the professors – made me challenge conventional ways of thinking and go out of my comfort zone to learn new topics.”

While her undergraduate economics research focused on Emirati females’ perception of the labour market, she is continuing to develop policies that could harness Emirati talent and improve the “public good”.

NYUAD, she says, not only fostered a hunger for knowledge, intellectual honesty and tolerance, but also, through its career development centre, “played an instrumental role in offering employment help and internships”.

Outside the classroom, she co-designed the NYU Al Nahda Institute for social and gender equality and leads a Down syndrome initiative.

For her endeavours, Ms Al Mazrui was awarded a Falcon Scholarship, to study a master’s in public policy at the University of Oxford’s School of Government. “Being surrounded by the brightest and creative minds of my generation continues to inspire me every day. It taught me that nothing is impossible,” she adds.

Ms Al Mazrui is just one of NYUAD’s 140 inaugural graduates, who are featured in a new report from the university. The students completed 22 programmes, broadly divided across social sciences, science and mathematics, arts and humanities, engineering and multidisciplinary studies.

The report, titled Life Beyond Saadiyat, reveals that more than half of its class of 2014 have already found work – across 16 different countries – and almost of fifth of them are earning more than Dh210,000 a year.

The report aims to assess how well the university has met its ambition to to equip students not just with a worldly, liberal-arts mentality, but with the skills and experience needed to compete in the modern workforce.

Revealingly, more than a third of the students featured had work published before graduating; almost all of them spent a full semester abroad; more than four-fifths held at least one internship and nearly three-quarters participated in community service.

One student who took full advantage of these opportunities is Zachary Stanley, a 22-year-old biology graduate from the United States, now studying medicine at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine.

Mr Stanley says NYUAD’s inaugural class had a unique opportunity to be an integral part of the university’s development, interacting with the administration on a personal level.

He did not even have a passport before his NYUAD interview and has since gained a new insight into other cultures. “As an American student looking to apply to medical school upon graduation, I found that having studied abroad set me apart from other, similar applicants.

“I have already found that being able to relate and be sensitive in cross-cultural encounters translates relatively well to showing the same level of respect and understanding to patients.”

Crucial to this were his experiences beyond the UAE – “once-in-a-lifetime adventures”, of which he says there were too many to recount. “Everything from exploring Mughal gardens in India; to working on an elephant reserve in northern Thailand; to studying socio-economics in Buenos Aires, were experiences that I would not have had at any other academic institution,” he explains.

He also interned at non-profit organisations and studied the UAE’s health-care system, which both affirmed that he had chosen the right path.

While he says his Abu Dhabi-based biology programme was not well known beyond the UAE, Mr Stanley adds professional schools were intrigued by it and interested in learning more about it.

“I am certain,” he says, “that my education was enriched beyond measure, because of these unique course components, and truly believe that higher education is moving towards a more global model – a more NYUAD-like model.”

NYUAD’s report found its employable graduates were the arts and humanities majors – of whom, almost three-quarters are already in work. Only 17 per cent of these graduates have opted to continue studying.

Meanwhile, just 6 per cent of its working graduates are operating in the engineering and energy sectors – although only 8 per cent of the class of 2014 actually studied engineering.

The vast majority of working graduates – almost a third – are employed in the education sector, followed by 15 per cent in consulting, 9 per cent in finance, 8 per cent in government.

Such numbers differ slightly from those at NYU’s New York campus, where, of those who graduated from summer 2013 to spring 2014, more than 85 per cent are already working. Of course, this long-established campus’s class of 2014 included more than 5,700 graduates, across 10 different schools – offering more than 230 areas of study. Of these graduates, 13 per cent are working in financial services and a further 13 per cent in entertainment and media, followed by 8 per cent in education.

However, New York campus students also seemed less keen to continue their studies, with just over 11 per cent now at graduate or professional schools – compared to a third of Abu Dhabi’s class of 2014.

Though postgraduate study is a luxury, it is one that NYUAD students have earned. Like Ms Al Mazrui, Charlotte Wang, a 22-year-old social research and public policy graduate, secured a scholarship to study at the University of Oxford. The Austrian, who grew up in the US, developed a passion for “sociological analysis of the empirical world”, and is now studying for a master of philosophy in sociology and demography. She says NYUAD was an “incredible academic experience”.

“The opportunity to work closely with faculty, its emphasis on interdisciplinary, and the support to shape and pursue our own research interests not only prepared me well for graduate school, but offered me meaningful tools with which to understand the world around me.”

Her seminar groups were small, which allowed for more inclusive discussions and problem-solving. Although the vast diversity of experiences and values in such groups also made consensus challenging, she says it taught her to continue revising her beliefs and ideas.

Although two-fifths of NYUAD’s inaugural graduates were from North America, the class of 2014 was represented by 49 nationalities, speaking 55 languages. The university has expanded its latest intake of students to 263, including 79 nationalities and 65 languages. It has also increased its number of UAE nationals, who now constitute roughly 10 per cent of the latest intake.

Of the graduates not working, those most keen to continue their studies were the scientists and mathematicians, with almost half opting to go to graduate or professional school.

One of these is Kharisa Rachmasari, a 23-year-old Indonesian biology graduate, now studying medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College in Doha, Qatar.

Ms Rachmasari says NYUAD brings people from across the world together and encourages them to learn about new fields, cultures and places.

“As a student at NYUAD, I was so lucky to have all the access and privileges that I probably wouldn’t have found in other places. It seemed unrealistic to me until I was actually at the university, and I hope that I was not being spoiled; instead, I was making the best out of it.”

Although Ms Rachmasari took a few courses in economics, public health and others unrelated to biology, her most memorable experience at the university was the winter she spent studying art in London. The university encourages students to spend up to two semesters abroad at any of its 14 academic sites.

“We spent two to three hours every afternoon in galleries or museums in London, studying portrait painting. I had never studied or analysed paintings before, so it was totally different.”

Ms Rachmasari says the course gave her a newfound appreciation of the intricacy and history of art. “Since that course, I always get excited when I see paintings by Rembrandt or Manet.”

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Abu Dhabi Hosts GCC Security Education and Training Forum

abu dhabi hosts gcc security education and training forum Abu Dhabi Hosts GCC Security Education and Training ForumAbu Dhabi, UAE: On Sunday morning, the activities of the GCC Security Education and Training Forum kicked off at the Park Rotana Hotel in Abu Dhabi under the slogan “Competency Based Police Training”. The UAE is hosting this event for the first time and is organized by the Police College in cooperation with the Secretariat General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). The five-day forum will witness the participation of cadets from police colleges, academies, and institutes from the GCC states.

Lieutenant Colonel Khaled Abdullah Al Khouri, Police College Deputy Director, attended the forum’s inauguration ceremony alongside department heads, a number of officers, Police College faculty; and officers form police colleges, academies, and institutes in the GCC states.

Lieutenant Colonel Al Khouri noted in his speech that the education and training sector in the GCC has witnessed unprecedented development over the recent years. He also noted that this development was the result of the vision of the wise leadership and of their continuous support for education and development, as they consider these to be the fundamental building blocks of capabilities and development.
He also explained that the police officer, regardless of his positions, feels pride for working in a profession that requires unrivaled qualifications. Among the most important objectives set to achieve a comprehensive security system, the police leadership emphasize the development of professional values through the construction of social communication channels, and through the strengthening of cooperation between police and society members.

Additionally, he pointed out that the forum was recommended by the GCC Ministers of the Interior Council, and by the heads and directors of police colleges and institutes in GCC states. The objective of organizing this forum is to: activate the role of education and training institutes in the GCC states; to double the expected outcomes by coordinating with each police entity; to exchange of expertise and opportunities; and to benefit from other training institute experiences.
Concluding his speech, Lieutenant Colonel Al Khouri wished that the forum achieves its objectives and wished everyone success. He prayed for Allah Almighty to bestow the blessings of safety and security upon the GCC region under the leadership of its leaders.

The first session of the forum was headed by Lieutenant Colonel Dr. Nasser Al Baker, Director of Postgraduate Studies at the Police College. Dr. Gassan Al Omari, Associate Professor in Administration at the Police College, presented a paper that discussed recent trends in police education and training. He also discussed education methods to acquire knowledge, skills, and trends that lead to fostering such capabilities. He noted that hard work is the foundation of learning.

Dr. Al Omari also discussed the effects of the environment on the student and learning process in addition to the recent trends in education, and of the importance of investing in education.

For his part, Dr. Faleh Abdul Qader Al Houri, Associate Professor in Administration at the Police College, presented a paper regarding the concepts of police training and its role in providing members with modern knowledge and skills in the police field.

Dr. Al Houri also discussed the topic of knowledge-based training, and of the modern training trends and tools.

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Al Ain Education & Career Fair to take place next month

al ain education and career fair to take place next month Al Ain Education & Career Fair to take place next monthAl Ain, UAE: The seventh edition of the annual Al Ain Education & Career Fair (AECF), which takes place at the Al Ain Convention Centre on 20-22 April, will once again provide both jobseekers and students residing in Al Ain, and the wider emirates, direct access to some of the UAE’s leading companies and educational institutions.

The three-day event helps job seekers, fresh graduates and school leavers enhance their professional skills and look for career opportunities with companies including ADNOC, ADWEA, Etihad Airways, Mubadala Aerospace, Emirates NBD, Dubai Islamic Bank and Abu Dhabi Investment Authority as well as higher educational opportunities with some of the world’s best training institutions.

Laimoon.com, an online career and course information company based in the UAE, is participating for the first time this year, and will be on hand to provide attendee’s guidance on what educational path is best for them from a number of career-boosting courses and training opportunities.

“Laimoon enables you to find, compare, and connect to multiple course providers in one place, a service that we will be offering to the visitors of AECF. With specialist guidance on professional qualifications, language courses and postgraduate education as well as industry insights; we are using this fair as a platform to help career-minded individuals find a line of work that both suits them best, and which they can excel in.” said Kareem El-Nagdy from Laimoon.

According to research conducted by Laimoon, every sector is now in need of accounting and finance specialists, unlike six months ago where the recruitment pool was largely dominated by hotels among others. The current trending job titles are accounting, finance, revenue and compliance with certified management accountant and certified public accountant being two of the top qualifications currently being studied.
Emirates NBD and Dubai Islamic Bank are once again taking part in the fair, and will be bringing with them a number of low to mid-level finance positions that they will be hoping to fill.

Khurram Saeed, Exhibition Director, AECF said: “Off the back of a 12 per cent growth in visitor numbers we are in a strong position for the 2015 edition of the event. We have seen a number of returning companies this year who have been absent for the past few editions, which is a clear sign that the industries are hiring, and are pro-actively trying to engage with both graduates and jobseekers.”

Other participating education institutions include the University of Sharjah, New York University Abu Dhabi and the University of Jazeera among others.

Sponsors for Al Ain Education & Career Fair 2015 include Platinum Sponsors ADVETI/IAT, Gold Sponsors Abu Dhabi National Oil Company and Etihad Airways, Silver Sponsors New York Institute of Technology and Al Khawarizmi International College and sponsor University of Jazeera. The fair is also supported by Education Partners UAE University and Higher Colleges of Technology.

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Dubai Nursery Show

SISD will be exhibit at the Dubai Nursery Show!
Meet us on the 24th of April 2015 and 25th of April 2015. Join us and learn more about the new IB bilingual school in Dubai!

This free event will be held from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm at Dubai International Marine Club.

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Schools report high parent attendance in parent-teacher meetings

schools report high parent attendance in parent teacher meetings Schools report high parent attendance in parent teacher meetingsDubai, UAE: Private school principals say most parents in the UAE take teacher-parent meetings seriously, with some principals reporting up to 95 per cent attendance.

Various school principals have confirmed that parents in the country take their children’s career path seriously and make time to attend school meetings with teachers to discuss their children’s progress and setbacks.

Jim Hardin, Superintendent GEMS Dubai American Academy, reported a 50 to 95 per cent parent attendance, revealing that parents’ attendance become lower as the students get older.

“Parents absolutely take the conferences seriously. Parents of nearly 95 per cent of primary school students, 90 per cent of elementary school students, perhaps 60 per cent of middle school students and 50 per cent of high school students attend the meetings,”

Hardin, whose school holds the teacher-parent meeting twice each year (in November and March), said the meetings are essential for a healthy and supportive home-school partnership.

“Lots of topics are discussed: student behaviour, student progress, strengths, weaknesses and strategies for parental support at home.”

He said there is a slight difference in focus between the November and March conferences as the latter tends to address the students’ future for the next grade level.

Dr Ashok Kumar, CEO of Indian High School in Dubai who said 85 per cent of the parents attend the parent-teacher meetings, revealed that such meetings have, in some cases, helped parents learn that their children have learning difficulties.

“There have been instances where students with learning difficulties have been identified through careful monitoring by the teachers and the parents were made aware of the same so that appropriate measures can be taken to help the child. Sometimes a child has certain behavioural issues and talking to the parents about it helps to understand any underlying causes. The key is to work as a team for the holistic well-being of the child.”

Hannah Edgeworth, Phase 3 Leader at Kings’ Dubai School, also believed that support of parents is key in enabling children to progress at school, especially when challenges are shared with parents.

“Likewise, we value the insight of parents in making us aware of anything which might adversely affect a child and can take steps to support children at school.”

Tim Waley, Principal of Uptown School in Dubai, also said parents at their school take the meetings seriously, reporting a more than 90 per cent attendance.

“When asked by parents ‘what did you do at school today?’ a child will quite often respond with, ‘nothing!’ For the most part, nothing could not be further from the truth so when the facts are put on the table in whatever area is being addressed, it helps inform and the actions taken as a result not only send a very clear message, but also lead to improved outcomes,” said Kevin Drew, Secondary Teacher, Grade level 9 leader at Uptown School.

Jay Roy, Principal at GEMS World Academy in Abu Dhabi, who reported more than 50 per cent attendance, agreed, saying the meetings provide parents with an opportunity to hear first-hand the teacher’s observations and view evidence regarding progress being made throughout the trimester.

Speaking to parents, Gulf News found that they often learn new things that they did not know before about their children when attending these meetings.

“I learnt that my son, who was in grade five at the time, had a shyness problem and so was not making any friends. I would have never known if it wasn’t for the parent-teachers meeting, because my child is always outspoken at home and when I asked him about his school he always said everything is fine,” said Jordanian mother of two Randa Nizar.

After finding out about her son’s problem, Randa started arranging play dates, where all her son’s classmates were invited. She said this helped him gain more friends and come out of his shell. “He now has two best friends at school and the three are inseparable.”

Lebanese father of three Hussain Jaber said he never misses any of his children’s parent-teacher meetings, believing they are vital for his children’s progress.

“Of course I attend them, how else would I know how I can help my child progress? I know, to some extent, the areas of weakness and strengths of my children but sometimes the teacher points out some issues that I was not aware of.”

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NYU Abu Dhabi Institute announces April’s public events calendar

abu dhabi institute announces aprils public events calendar NYU Abu Dhabi Institute announces Aprils public events calendarAbu Dhabi, UAE: New York University Abu Dhabi Institute has announced a series of events open to the public throughout the month of April. Driven towards fostering students creativity and critical reflection, this is one of the university’s initiatives to equip students with the necessary ingredients to expand their frontiers of knowledge.

The series of public events for the month of April includes “Creating FREEJ: The Evolution of Lammtara Studio” the company which produces FREEJ, the Middle East’s first 3D animated series. The creator and director of FREEJ will discusses the story of the characters and how he became the first cartoon animator in the Emirates, on April 6th from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m..

Other events scheduled for April include “Betraying Empathy: Moral Trauma and Our Capacity to Care” on April 9th, 2015, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.. Carol Gilligan, University Professor, Department of Applied Psychology, NYU looks at how the capacity for mutual understanding was, and may well be, key to our survival as a species.

On April 9th, 8:00 – 9:30 p.m., Music Memory Metamorphoses presents Rainer Maria Rilke?s 1899 work about the love and death of a young soldier during the Ottoman-Habsburg Wars of the 17th century against a filmic backdrop. The production re-imagines the theater and concert hall as a cinematic space where the film presents a kaleidoscope of slowly shifting montage images that serve as a visual counterpoint to the dramatic performance and music.

April also sees a Health Professions Weekend Panel Discussion on April 10th, from 2:30 – 4:00 p.m., where 10 health professional schools from around the world will be discussing topics such as programme admissions, letters of recommendations, connecting with faculty and personal statement. Panelists will include deans of the schools, director of admissions as well as faculty.

The next day sees the Health Professional Schools Fair from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.. During the fair, attendees will have the unique chance to have one-on-one conversation with university representatives and ask more specific questions tailored to their interests/application.

Building Apps for Social Good in the Arab World on April 12th brings together renowned international computer science professors, entrepreneurs, technology professionals, and venture capitalists to lead teams of talented computer science students from the US and the Arab world. The teams develop innovative mobile and web applications relevant to diverse fields such as health, education, film, music, business, and science. The three-day programming marathon culminates in this special presentation, where each student team showcases their applications.

On April 15th, from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., “View From Inside : Contemporary Arab Artists in Conversation” is organized in collaboration with the Abu Dhabi Festival and FotoFest International within the framework of the exhibition “View from the Inside: Contemporary Arab Photography, Video and Mixed Media Art” at The Gallery, Emirates Palace, March 21st-April 20th. The colloquium brings together Arab artists and photographers included in the show to present their work. Panel discussions are followed by the opportunity for the audience to engage in conversation directly with the artists: Hazem Harb, Tammam Azzam, Camille Zakharia, Manal AlDowayan, Khalil Abdul Wahid, Ahmed Jadallah, and Samer Mohdad.

TEDxNYUAD Video Streaming Event takes place on April 19th from 6:00-9:00 p.m. TEDxNYUAD 2015 is about opening new horizons and broadening perspectives. This year’s theme is Question. Speakers will be sharing untold stories that redefine the concepts of home and memory, provide a fresh look on traditions and videogaming, change the way we see (or don’t see) chess, and show the true power of youth. The 11 talks will cause us to question how we view the world, as we take the audience on a journey of the unconventional.

Speakers include Amer Nasr, Attilio Rigotti, Charlotte de Bekker, Hayat Seid, Jovan Jovancevic, Maitha al Memari, Meera al Agroobi, Mohit Mandal, Sam Ridgeway, Sara al Shamlan, and Vasily Rudchenko.

On April 23rd, 06:30pm – 08:00pm NYU looks to the staras and asks, do habitable planets exist around other stars, and are any of them actually inhabited Observations from NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope confirm that at least 10-20 percent of stars have rocky planets within their (liquid water) habitable zones. Future space telescopes should be able to find such planets around nearby stars, and study their atmospheres spectroscopically. This talk examines what conditions make a planet habitable, and how scientists search for life on other worlds.

Finally, on April 28th, “New Kinds of War Demand New Kinds of Peacemaking” looks at the struggle to find appropriate responses to violent extremism, networked criminality and other new sources of conflict. The limits of military intervention have become increasingly obvious. Private diplomacy, sponsored by NGOs like Humanitarian Dialogue, is one of the few tools for the management of armed conflict to attract growing support. But what can it deliver? David Harland Executive Director, Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue will be in conversation with James Traub, Columnist, ForeignPolicy.com as part of the Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Scholars Programme, NYUAD.

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Hartland International School On Track for September Opening

hartland international school on track for september opening Hartland International School On Track for September OpeningDubai, UAE: One of Dubai’s most exciting new schools, Hartland International School, has announced some key appointments for the September 2015 opening. The building located in the Sobha Hartland area of Dubai, 3km from the Burj Khalifa and within the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum City will be ready for occupation by early June 2015, in preparation for the School’s opening for the new academic year.
Jenny Stephen has been appointed as Executive Director who will lead the strong team of faculty and administration. Jenny previously headed South Hampstead High School for Girls, one of London’s highest-achieving independent girls’ day schools, which in her tenure was in the top five in the ‘Financial Times’ league table for academic success. The Primary School will be headed by Melissa McBride, who was the founding Headteacher of Wandsworth Preparatory School, London that achieved an ‘Outstanding’ rating across all measures in the Department for Education inspection.

Commenting on Jenny’s appointment, Dr. Paul Silverwood, Founding Principal of Hartland International School said: “Schools need exceptional leaders that understand the needs of children and the appointment of Jenny will allow me as the Founding Principal to focus on the most important aspect of a school, which is to provide an environment that stimulates their curiosity and make learning fun. Every child will be able to discover their passion and pursue them, as they grow in confidence and share their talents with their friends and families.”

At Hartland International School, Jenny will focus her attention on strategic issues. Both the Principal and Executive Director will complement each other and strive to make the school the best in the UAE and the region.
“I am really excited about joining Hartland International School, this is a big move for me and I’m looking forward to working with the passionate team to create and provide an excellent experience for the children and parents. Hartland is a school where you want to be; as a pupil, a teacher, and as a parent; a place of learning and discovery, a place of creative thinkers and problem solvers, a place of laughter and friendship, a place where each child gets the individual attention that they deserve,” said Jenny Stephen the newly appointed Executive Director of Hartland International School.

Hartland International School is built by Sobha, one of Dubai’s top construction firms with a reputation worldwide for delivering high quality buildings and with significant experience in delivering ahead of schedule; with the flagship educational project in Dubai the group is making a commitment to the education of children in the UAE.
Defined by five pillars – Academic; Artistic and Creative; Sporting and Health; Leadership; Service; Hartland International School delivers ‘more than education’.

The school has already welcomed parents and children to its Discovery Centre, which has in-built classrooms and the latest educational technology on the fifth floor of the Sobha Sapphire Building on Al Khail Road. Parents, teachers and students can visit the Discovery Centre from 8.30am to 4.30pm Sunday to Thursday and Saturday by appointment.

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