Stu­dents cat­a­lysts of change: KHDA chief

Khaleej Times - - NATION - An­gel Te­sorero

dubai — The pur­pose of ed­u­ca­tion is to make a pos­i­tive change in the world; stu­dents learn not only to im­prove their own lives but also the lives of oth­ers, ac­cord­ing to a top of­fi­cial.

Dr Ab­dul­lah Al Karam, chair­man of the board of di­rec­tors and di­rec­tor-gen­eral of Knowl­edge and Hu­man De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity (KHDA), dur­ing the of­fi­cial in­au­gu­ra­tion of The Ar­ca­dia Prepara­tory School on Mon­day, said what makes a school stand out, aside from qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion and in­no­va­tion, is when the stu­dents use the knowl­edge and skills they learn to make a pos­i­tive im­pact.

“It is not our job ti­tles that make us happy, it is the re­la­tion­ship that we have with each other and the con­tri­bu­tion we make to the world around us that make us happy.”

Dr Al Karam added that what makes a school stand out, aside from qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion and in­no­va­tion, is when the stu­dents use the knowl­edge and skills they learn to make a pos­i­tive im­pact.

Mo­han Val­rani, Ar­ca­dia’s chair­man, said: “It has been a year since we opened our doors and today’s in­au­gu­ra­tion by Dr Karam is a tes­ta­ment to the pos­i­tive im­pact we have had on our chil­dren and com­mu­nity.”

The Ar­ca­dia Prepara­tory School, which opened in Au­gust last year, is lo­cated in Dubai’s Jumeirah Vil­lage Tri­an­gle. The school of­fers the Na­tional Cur­ricu­lum for Eng­land to pupils study­ing from the early years foun­da­tion stage (FS1) to key stage 2 (Year 6).

Ac­cord­ing to school of­fi­cials, Ar­ca­dia has a strong fo­cus on the core sub­jects of Math, English and the Sciences. It also of­fers En­rich­ment Learn­ing Pro­gramme (ELP), aimed at in­spir­ing and teach­ing young chil­dren the ba­sics of en­trepreneur­ship. For this Ar­ca­dia has part­nered with

What makes a school stand out, aside from qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion and in­no­va­tion, is when the stu­dents use knowl­edge and skills they learn to make a pos­i­tive im­pact.” Dr Ab­dul­lah Al Karam, di­rec­tor-gen­eral, KHDA

in­ter­na­tional ideas com­pany ‘7bil­lion­ideas’ to in­tro­duce the UAE’s first ju­nior MBA Pro­gramme.

Ar­ca­dia CEO Navin Val­rani said: “Par­ents ap­pre­ci­ate the fact that they are able to se­lect from a range of en­rich­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for their chil­dren. We be­lieve that ed­u­ca­tion should be broad, chal­leng­ing and bal­anced, and the pro­gramme is a unique prac­ti­cal ex­pres­sion of this ethos.”

“Our stu­dents are in the midst of pre­par­ing their in­vest­ment pitches, and we have also cov­ered the con­cepts of idea gen­er­a­tion, fund rais­ing and or­gan­i­sa­tion struc­tures,” he added.

an­gel@khalee­j­times.com

Photo by Juidin Bernarrd

Ar­ca­dia Prepara­tory School at Jumeirah Vil­lage Tri­an­gle of­fers the Na­tional Cur­ricu­lum for Eng­land. —

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