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  • UAE pupils outperform Gulf in benchmark reading test

    Roberta Pennington - The National
    December 27, 2017

    Year 4 pupils in the UAE are the best readers among their peers in the GCC and their literacy skills are only improving, according to the latest results of an international test. With the emirates having experienced significant education reforms in the past few years it is probably too early to judge the impact of their education reforms yet.

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  • Hands on Learning, Continuing to Make an Impact

    December 25, 2017

    The Al Qasimi Foundation’s Hands on Learning (HOL) pilot program continues to positively impact male students at Saeed bin Jubair School for Boys in Ras Al Khaimah. For the last four years the program has been re-engaging students at risk of dropping out or disengaging from school. During the 2016-17 academic year, the program saw a 70% improvement in student attendance as well as substantial gains in students’ life skills development.

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  • Applying for an AQF Grant? Here are the Top 5 Things to Consider

    Al Qasimi Foundation
    December 25, 2017

    Every January the Al Qasimi Foundation issues its call for Faculty, Doctoral, and Seed Grant applications. While always happy to offer individual guidance and feedback, the grant awards committee has identified the top five things potential grantees should consider as they prepare their submissions. This list reflects applicants’ most frequently asked questions and the places proposals often lose points during review. Although the specifics are particular to the Al Qasimi Foundation’s grants, the general advice on how to approach tailoring proposals would hold true for many funders.

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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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