How do children study in Dubai? Educational journey

27/05/2020

How do children study in one of the most multinational cities in the world? We went to Dubai to look at the schools. Our Proshkolu project studies educational cases in order to learn more about teacher motivation, methodology and teacher protection. This December, we managed to visit two metropolitan schools of one of the emirates – GEMS Wellington Primary School and Raffles World Academy.

Imagine that 90% of Dubai’s population are expats from around the world, so there are more international private schools in the city than state ones, and only residents of the Emirates attend state schools. Interestingly, the city of Dubai is 150 times smaller than the territory of Ukraine and representatives of 200 nationalities coexist peacefully there. What is special about the education system of private schools in Dubai?

  • Schools use their own curricula and emphasize that children learn skills, not just material. A happy person is the main goal of every school in this city. It is believed that a happy nation is built from happy children.
  • What about curricula in private schools? They can choose one of 16 different officially approved training programs. The most popular curricula are the ones from the UK, USA and India. Schools and education are controlled by a Single State Inspection. Therefore, it does not matter what program the children study, the main thing is that the school should show the appropriate results and the students should reach a certain level. Everything else is at the discretion of the teachers and the principal.
  • Teacher training takes place 5 days a year. At this time kids stay at home. As for teachers, various specialists are invited to conduct workshops or trainings for them.
  • Most schools and classrooms are equipped with smart boards, and students use tablets in class – the administration does everything to make children interested as much as possible.
  • Teachers strive to develop children’s soft skills, and from the first grade, children are provoked to develop research skills. To do this, different game formats for lessons are used.
  • Schools have a high level of respect for all participants in the process – this is a very warm relationship between children and teachers.
  • Undergraduate programs, disciplinary studies and STEM days are arranged for high school students, so that children can decide on the future direction of their profession and sharpen all necessary skills.

“The UAE is a country that successfully integrates all nationalities and aims to be one of the happiest nations on the planet. This is really inspiring! We have already planned an educational trip to share experience between our teachers and educators in Dubai. I hope that we will be able to implement the idea of ​​regular trips abroad for teachers”, said Julia Brovinska.