Mandatory training for public school teachers is often repetitive, irrelevant, or provided by unqualified instructors, a study has suggested. The UAE has one of the highest rates of teachers taking part in professional development, at 92 percent, but the survey shows discontent with its quality.
State-funded foundations offer opportunities to promising Emirati youth but lack services to meet the growing needs of at-risk youths, the elderly, and the environment, a study has found.
Getting every teacher through the UAE’s licensing system and maintaining a clearer balance between investment in schools and profits will be key challenges facing the education sector into the next decade, experts say. Dr. Natasha Ridge calls for a more diverse education sector with a wider range of non-profit schools.
Education leaders in the Gulf are familiar with international benchmark tests like the PIRLS, TIMSS, and PISA. Most are also familiar with the reality that, despite massive financial investments in education on the part of GCC states, their test scores remain comparatively low. Cognitive neuroscience, believes Dr. Abadzi, may shed light on why Arab students fall behind students from other nations at such early stages in their education.
Soraya Sikander exhibited work at the 2016 Ras Al Khaimah Fine Arts Festival. Here, she shares her thoughts on abstract art and why Ras Al Khaimah’s beautiful landscapes and seascapes continue to inspire her.
Al Qasimi Foundation visiting scholar Matthew Maclean presented his research on important historical sites in Ras Al Khaimah and how they can be integrated into present-day life to retain the unique character of the emirate.
GEMS, a major private school operator, is offering shares to teachers across the region in a bid to keep them for the long term. Growing competition within private schools has spawned a buyers’ market for teachers. Dr. Natasha Ridge said it was good to encourage employee ownership of a company but there was no evidence to suggest that it would result in better quality education.
Doctoral Scholar Matt MacLean tells the story of the first road between the emirates, which connected Dubai to Ras Al Khaimah beginning in the 1960s. The implications of this road involved international politics and national identity. Moreover, the significance of mobility in the UAE has not decreased in the years of development since that road was paved.
Travel across the UAE these days has been greatly eased thanks to the construction of world-class highways that connect the country, but for the first such highway built from Dubai to Ras Al Khaimah in the 1960s, the story was anything but simple. The Al Qasimi Foundation's doctoral scholar Mr. Matthew MacLean shares this story.
The UAE's transient population presents a challenge for education planning. Expatriates come and go all the time, making it difficult to predict the number of places needed at the private schools that teach their children. Due to changes in the economy, many schools simply don’t know which students will be coming back in September after the summer break. This editorial suggests ways to support education quality in these communities.