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  • The Impact of COVID-19 on Education in the UAE

    Natasha Ridge, Marvin Erfurth
    July 06, 2020

    The closure of schools in 191 countries around the world in the same window of time in response to the COVD-19 pandemic is unprecedented. It has left school systems and governments scrambling to find approaches and solutions to ensure that education continues uninterrupted and that the most vulnerable children are not left further behind. This report seeks to provide guidance based on data collected and analyzed by the Al Qasimi Foundation in April 2020.

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  • Developing National Agendas in Order to Achieve Gender Equality in Education (SDG 4)

    Natasha Ridge, Susan Kippels, Alejandra Cardini, Joannes Paulus Yimbesalu
    March 31, 2019

    This policy brief, published by T20, discusses how methods of addressing inequality in education are generally based on a one-size-fits-all model that has predominantly focused on girls’ education. However, there are growing gender disparities in education impacting boys in regions around the world.

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  • UNESCO, Education, and the Private Sector: A Relationship on Whose Terms?

    Natasha Ridge, Susan Kippels
    January 15, 2019

    This chapter in Researching the Global Education Industry explores the relationship between UNESCO and private sector organizations, including philanthropic ones, active in education. It examines the motivations behind why the multilateral donor organization is entering into new private sector partnerships. It also looks at trends in the private sector funding it has received and how this funding may be influencing UNESCO’s global education agenda. Note: This publication is not open-access.

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  • The Role and Impact of Arab Fathers

    Natasha Ridge, Soohyun Jeon, Soha Shami, Brian Jaewon Chung
    November 27, 2018

    Research over the past twenty years has found that fathers play an important role in their children’s development. However, the literature on fatherhood is still limited, particularly in the Arab world. This paper, published in the Hawwa Journal of Women of the Middle East and the Islamic World, uses data from a mixed-method pilot study of sixty-one Arabs residing in the United Arab Emirates to examine the nature and impact of father involvement in the Arab region.

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  • A New Funding Mechanism: Social Impact Bonds and the Implications for the Public Sector

    Natasha Ridge, Susan Kippels, Brian Jaewon Chung, Al Qasimi Foundation
    March 18, 2018

    This policy paper explains the growth and motivations behind various stakeholder involvement in Social Impact Bonds (SIBs) and examines current SIB activities across sectors, particularly education.

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  • The Rise and Role of State Philanthropy in the United Arab Emirates

    Natasha Ridge, Susan Kippels
    October 30, 2017

    Over the past decade, the UAE has seen a rapid increase in the number of philanthropic institutions. However, there has been no comprehensive mapping of these institutions' various missions and activities, and information on philanthropic activity is generally scarce.

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  • The Challenges and Implications of a Global Decline in the Educational Attainment and Retention of Boys

    Natasha Ridge, Susan Kippels, Brian Jaewon Chung
    October 30, 2017

    Over the past two decades, policymakers, international organizations, and scholars focusing on gender and education have largely concentrated their efforts on issues relating to girls. However, results from recent international assessments, coupled with data on higher education enrollment rates, have led to a new concern about the performance and retention of males -particularly those from low socioeconomic backgrounds.

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  • Curriculum Development in the United Arab Emirates

    Natasha Ridge, Susan Kippels, Samar Farah
    April 30, 2017

    With an increasing emphasis on youth development and employability in the Middle East, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has made a substantial effort to re- imagine and reform its public education sector. Local education authorities have implemented many reforms to try to shift education from rote memorization toward a skills-based system that prepares students to thrive in the 21st century. This policy paper explores the history of curriculum development in the UAE, the role of various agencies, ministries, and current initiatives as well as the challenges and possibilities that lie ahead on the road of reform. It concludes with recommendations for policymakers relating to the implementation of sustainable curriculum reforms.

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    The Nature and Impact of Arab Father Involvement in the United Arab Emirates

    Natasha Ridge, Soohyun Jeon, Sahar ElAsad
    March 28, 2017

    In the Arab World, and in the Gulf in particular, the father has traditionally occupied a unique and integral place, both in his own family and in his wider kinship networks. While much has been written about the role and function of the patriarchy in the Middle East, most of this has been negative, in particular with relation to the impact on women and children. Most of this research has also been qualitative in nature, relying on small sample sizes that make it difficult to extrapolate findings to the general population. As such, information on Arab fathers living in the Gulf and the impact of their lives on their children remains limited.

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  • TEELI, Al Qasimi Foundation, Ras Al Khaimah, UAE, Education Quality, Education

    An Experimental Investigation of the Determinants of Teacher Quality: Risk, Patience or Altruism?

    Chetan Dave, Soha Shami, Natasha Ridge
    December 29, 2016

    Teacher quality is often considered one possible factor affecting student achievement. However, existing research has typically focused on easily observable measures such as teachers' content knowledge, years of experience, and education levels. This working paper presents results of a study that explored the impact of unobservable teacher characteristics (behavioral traits) on student achievement in English. Using lab-in-the-field experiments, 118 English teachers in the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah participated in risk, patience, and altruism tasks, and results from the experiments were then mapped to their students' performance.

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