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  • Dads must engage more with children’s education, research suggests

    Alix Robertson - Schoolsweek
    November 13, 2017

    National programmes that involve fathers in their children’s education can help tackle boys’ underachievement in schools, new research has found.

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  • Global gender gap widens for the first time in a decade, but UAE women see improvement

    Sanya Burgess - The National
    November 03, 2017

    A new report shows the UAE is ranked highest in the Gulf for gender equality, while regionally the gap is widening. The report examines equality across ed attainment, health, economic opportunity and political empowerment across 144 countries, and includes an index that ranks women¹s status against men.

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  • The UAE Reforms Education System as Part of Vision 2021

    October 05, 2017

    The UAE’s Vision 2021 has eight pillars of development for achieving a ‘first-rate education system’, which include increasing student performance on international assessments such as PISA and TIMSS.

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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

    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

    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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