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Non-academic learning now crucial: UAE minister

Ruth Harron 27/02/2019 0

Courtesy of ‘Gulf News’…

Dubai: Non-academic knowledge and skills have become critical in future-proofing students, Minister of State for Public Education said at the Global Educational Supplies and Solutions (GESS) conference in Dubai on Tuesday.

Addressing GUESS delegates at the opening ceremony, Jameela Bint Salem Al Muhairi said during her inaugural keynote that besides equipping UAE students with advanced technical and scientific skills and knowledge to prepare them to lead the country successfully in the near future, it was also essential to teach them the values of tolerance and compassion.

Such values, she added, are significant because of their lasting positive impact on society as a whole.

The UAE became the first country in the world to launch a Ministry of Tolerance in 2016. This year is also the ‘Year of Tolerance’ in the UAE, where the values of tolerance are taught in all schools as part of the mandatory new Moral Education curriculum.

Al Muhairi said: “Trends in the uses of technology in education, Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Blockchain and other recent developments have emerged. It is essential that we address all these changes and take the initiative in studying them and how to use them to develop learning and learning processes.”

She added: “Our responsibility lies not only in educating students in modern education but also in preparing compassionate, tolerant generations who are fully aware of what is going on around them. They will be responsible individuals who will make the right choices that positively affect the society as a whole. This is the principle of lifelong learning that we want our schools to develop in our students.”

Also speaking at the ceremony, Olli-Pekka Heinonen, Director-General, Finnish National Agency for Education, concurred with the minister, saying any education system needs to be renewed continuously and must include the individual learner, schools and society.

He shared Finland’s successful collaboration with start-ups and educational technology experts as a powerful platform for developing student skills that have lifelong relevance and value. He described this focus as “the informal education” sector that should comprise the majority of learning.

The director-general also talked about the idea of “deep learning”, beyond the scope of AI, which only humans can accomplish because of their ability to apply knowledge in variety of contexts, which are not pre-programmed as in the case of AI.

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Ruth Harron 26/02/2019 0

The School in Dubai is a leading day and boarding school where future generations are inspired to become confident and enthusiastic life-long learners, ready to embrace the opportunities of a global world. Our school follows the full continuum International Baccalaureate (IB) programme in English with additional languages or in two bilingual English-French and English- German streams. The School is an IB Continuum World School authorised to offer and teach the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP), IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) and IB Diploma Programme (DP). Our unique curriculum offers an engaging learning experience, the challenge of developing a real understanding of cultural diversity and the support of a thriving international community. Our large eco-friendly campus ensures that we can offer a wide range of sporting facilities that make the most of our location adjacent to Dubai Creek.
Job title Early Years Teacher – German native speaker Department Early Years- Pre Kg
Start date Immediate Location Dubai, UAE
Reports to Head of Early Years Position(s) Supervised Teaching Assistant and/or Classroom Assistant
Job Scope The role of the Early Years Teacher is to build and maintain a successful Early Years within the school by providing an educational atmosphere conductive to learning and developing through the process of inquiry. All lessons are to be delivered in the French language.
Main Duties and Responsibilities
  • Design, prepare and deliver high quality lessons in the German language to suit the individual needs of all students
  • Inspire mixed culture and ability classes, by creating challenging and engaging learning opportunities for all students
  • Assess and monitor student progress and provide targets so that all learners can see success and improve
  • Collaborate with other teachers to share new ideas, approaches and professional knowledge
  • Communicate accurately and regularly with parents
  • Liaise with the Head of Early Years and PYP Coordinator to ensure effective delivery of the curriculum to specified classes, including selecting resources and managing them efficiently in the classroom
  • Contribute to the extra-curricular activities programme and participate in school activities such as assemblies, evening events, conferences
  • Maintain constant awareness of the needs of any children to whom French  is another language
Key Relationships
Internal Students, Teaching Assistants, Classroom Assistants, Teachers, Grade Coordinators, Subject Coordinators, PYP Coordinator, Head of Early Years, Deputy Head of Early Years
External Parents, KHDA, IB
Position Requirements
Education Bachelor in Education; Professional Teaching qualification; IELTS or equivalent
  • Native German speaker
  • Proficiency in a second language such as English, French and/or Arabic preferred
  • Minimum of 2 years of teaching experience in Early Years Programme
  • Previous international experience highly valued
  • Curriculum development knowledge
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Amity International School, Abu Dhabi, is looking to appoint an outstanding UK trained Assistant Head teacher to lead Early Years pedagogy and practice across the Foundation Stage, from August 2019.

Ruth Harron 26/02/2019 0

The successful candidate will be an experienced professional with a good understanding of early year’s pedagogy and be familiar with the UK’s EYFS.

Staff need to have at least 2 years’ teaching experience post qualification and hold a PGCE or Bachelor’s degree in Early Years.

To Apply:
Applications should contain a 2-page CV including a professional photo, a letter of application, passport copy, scanned degree certificate and the details of two professional referees.


Please email completed applications to Kelly:

The post-holder will be responsible for promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children with whom he/she comes into contact. They must ensure compliance with the School’s Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy Statement at all times. This appointment will be subject to checks with the Disclosure and Barring Service and with past employers.


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Lebanon Expedition Discounts

Ruth Harron 25/02/2019 0

Lebanon Expedition is offering 10% discount on all their already low priced packages to “Teachers in UAE” till 30 June 2019.

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GEMS Education to merge two Indian schools in Sharjah

Ruth Harron 12/02/2019 0

Courtesy of Gulf News

Sharjah: GEMS Education, the biggest school group in the UAE, has announced the merger of two of its Sharjah schools following India’s CBSE curriculum.

Our Own English High School Sharjah, Boys, is set to migrate to a new, state-of-the-art campus in Al Juwaizah, currently the home of GEMS New Our Own Private High School, Sharjah, the group said on Monday.

Following the move, the faculty of the combined school will be made up of teachers from both the schools, it added.

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In a statement to Gulf News, the group confirmed that the whole school complex in Al Juwaizah will be known as Our Own English High School (OOEHS) Sharjah, Boys after the merger.

The name of GEMS New Our Own Private High School (NOOPHS), which had opened in 2018, will not be used from the beginning of the new academic year of CBSE schools in April when the merger is expected to be complete.

It also clarified that the school will be coeducational until grade 4 and the girl students in NOOPHS will be offered places at other GEMS Education schools from Grade 5 upwards.

The group said it has optimised the use of all available space at the new campus, allowing for ample provision to meet the highest standards of educational needs for all students.

“The new student body will be a combination of the two schools. However, the plot itself can cater for many more students and has ample room for growth.

Pupils, who would not like to move, will be offered places in other GEMS Education schools as part of the steps taken to minimise any disruption caused by the move.

Same fees

The group said there would not be any increase in the fees due to the merger,

“All pupils will pay the current OOEHS, Sharjah, Boys fees.”

Though some parents said a circular sent out on Sunday did mention about an increase of 10 per cent in the annual tuition fees, they said they do not think it was due to the merger.

The group said the move will bring numerous new opportunities and expand the choice of elective subjects and extra-curricular activities for students of OOEHS, Boys.

The current campus of the boys’ school where they moved in 2007 will continue to be used by GEMS Education. However, the group did not specify its future use.

It said the new campus is an impressive, purpose-built one with more than 3,000 sqm of additional space to improve the learning experience of all students.

Srivalsan Murugan, Principal and CEO of the school, said: “We strongly believe that this move will significantly benefit our students, enabling us to keep them enthused, engaged, and inspired by offering a well-equipped learning environment that is enhanced with state-of-the-art facilities and a range of high-tech learning tools and educational resources. We appreciate the support received from our parent community, and look forward to continuing to deliver the highest quality education to all learners.”

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