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  • Arts & Culture: Enriching Experiences and Engagement in Ras Al Khaimah

    Al Qasimi Foundation
    September 25, 2017

    Given the success and momentum created from its annual Ras Al Kahimah Fine Arts Festival, the Al Qasimi Foundation has officially announced Arts & Culture as its fourth priority area. The new priority area joins Education, Health & Well-being, and Urban Planning & Community Development as a primary focus for the organization.

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  • Starting the School Year Off Right: Cultural Awareness and Rapport Building for the Expatriate Teacher

    Al Qasimi Foundation
    September 24, 2017

    Cultural awareness can be the key to fostering classroom engagement and building positive relationships with students, ultimately making teachers’ jobs easier. It also helps teachers build constructive, collaborative relationships with their colleagues, school administrators, and parents. For new educators in the UAE, the importance of cultural awareness cannot be underestimated.

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  • Boys Are Not Defective

    The Atlantic
    September 21, 2017

    Girls in the Middle East do better than boys in school by a greater margin than almost anywhere else in the world. It's part of a global pattern: Wherever girls have access to school, they seem to eventually do better than boys. This is especially true of low-income boys who are also receiving greater access. The Middle East is a case study in motivation, mixed messages, and the condition of boys everywhere.

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  • AUB Hosts the Annual Meeting of the Arab Foundations Forum

    albawaba
    September 19, 2017

    The American University of Beirut (AUB) hosted the 2017 annual meeting and general assembly of the Arab Foundations Forum (AFF). This forum is a non-profit group and its membership includes social philanthropy foundations in the Arab region. The AFF acts as a platform that allows these foundations to communicate, exchange knowledge and develop capacities. The AFF seeks to promote social philanthropy and its effectiveness in the Arab world.

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  • UAE private schools to face greater scrutiny amid nationwide shake-up of education standards

    The National
    September 05, 2017

    Private schools will be subjected to greater scrutiny by the Government to ensure they are teaching pupils to the highest standards. Dr. Ridge said closer inspections of private school curriculums, exams, and teachers would be a logistical challenge and that while the Ministry of Education’s curriculum is already in line with international norms, the gap is in what is implemented versus what is attained.

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  • Women continue to dominate UAE federal colleges and universities

    The National
    August 26, 2017

    Enrolling and retaining national male students has been a main challenge in the UAE, where women comprise 80% to 90% of the students at many universities. Dr. Ridge, executive director of the Al Qasimi Foundation, said gender imbalance at higher education institutions is concerning as the UAE needs to have both men and women who are well educated and able to contribute to the national development of the country.

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  • Open Call: recycled art for RAK Fine Arts Festival

    magpie
    July 24, 2017

    In order to raise awareness of recycling, the sixth annual Ras Al Khaimah Fine Arts Festival, in partnership with the Ras Al Khaimah Waste Management Agency, is including a recycled art category within its visual arts strand. Submissions must use recyclable materials from the emirate “or focus on telling the story of recycling” and can come from individuals, students, and school teams.

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  • How to Run Sustainable Teacher Professional Development Programs

    Al Qasimi Foundation
    June 29, 2017

    Teacher professional development is essential for transforming teaching and learning and directly affects all aspects of schooling. But what makes a professional development program a success? And more importantly, how do you ensure the continued success of teachers who participate in your professional development programs?

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  • Al Qasimi Foundation Marks 5 Years of Continuing Education Courses as Part of the RAK Prison Project

    Al Qasimi Foundation
    June 28, 2017

    This September will mark the fifth year of the Al Qasimi Foundation’s continuing education courses for inmates at the Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) Correctional Facility. The courses are part of the RAK Prison Project, which seeks to prepare inmates for life after prison.

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  • Teachers’ attitudes among issues to be addressed in public school curriculum reform

    The National
    June 13, 2017

    Recent research by the Al Qasimi Foundation emphasised the importance of art, music and PE in creating well-rounded students. With growing pressure to do well on assessments, students and teachers in the UAE are prioritizing tests and passive learning. Education policymakers should work to alleviate this pressure and focus on helping students and teachers maintain a balance between learning and assessments.

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