Blue Bird Nursery Branch Now Open in Dubai South

Following the success of our first nursery at Nad Al Hammar, we are setting up our second Bluebird Nursery at the Head Quarters of Dubai South at Logistics City near the rapidly growing community at Dubai World Central International Airport. In line with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum and having the privilege to support the National Agenda of the UAE, we are continuing to develop our portfolio of children’s Nurseries under our Bluebird brand.

Bluebird Nurseries will all have purpose-built facilities and at Dubai South we have undertaken a full restoration of a state of the art facility located on the doorstep of the Dubai South headquarters, that will open its doors to our first students in September 2018.

At Bluebird Nursery Dubai South we will be catering for the educational and developmental needs of individuals from 4 months to 4 years

UAE education begins a new chapter

Novel courses, organisational changes and innovative strategies marked the year 2017 was an eventful year for education in the UAE, marked by curriculum changes and strategies, new courses and regulations, and greater focus on student wellbeing.

With school fees always on the minds of parents, it was announced as early as February that private schools could hike fees ranging from 2.4 per cent to 4.8 per cent for the 2017-18 academic year (which began in September), depending on their inspection rating.

Of the 159 schools inspected this academic year, 16 schools were rated ‘outstanding’, 14 ‘very good’, 69 ‘good’, 50 ‘acceptable’ and 10 ‘weak’. None was rated ‘very weak’.

As it turned out, at the start of the current school year, of the 159 schools that were eligible to increase fees, 22 decided to freeze fees.

By June, shortly before the summer break, the first batch of teachers obtained the UAE teacher’s licence. The 106 newly-licensed teachers represented 15 private schools in Dubai that had participated in the pilot project of the Teacher and Educational Leadership Standards (TELS) and licensing programme. Schools have till 2021 to ensure all teachers are licensed.

The National Qualifications Authority (NQA) has said TELS aims to meet targets of the UAE National Agenda, aligned to the UAE Vision 2021.

Teacher licensing will be overseen across the UAE by the NQA and Ministry of Education, in coordination with Abu Dhabi’s Department of Education and Knowledge (Adek), Dubai’s Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) and other relevant entities.

Moral education

At the start of the new school year, in September, schools started teaching moral education as a subject.

The subject is mandatory from grades one through nine this academic year. In the next academic year, schools will teach Moral Education in all grades.

Moral Education is a national initiative announced in 2016 by Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

The programme broke new ground in that it is not limited to textbooks, classrooms or exams. Schools are free to implement whatever steps they want to achieve the goals of the new subject, which will be monitored by authorities as part of overall student development evaluations, which are already included in official school inspections.

Unified model

The same month, the Abu Dhabi Education Council, then known as Adec, was made a government department according to a decree issued by President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan. It is now known as the Department of Education and Knowledge (Adek).

September also saw the unification of schooling into new common education system all where government schools and private schools that follow the government curriculum will adopt the ‘Emirati School Model’ to lift standards. The change was also part of the directives of the President and UAE leadership.

Wellbeing Census

Also for the first time, in November Dubai students began participating in a massive census about their welfare, the results of which will be used to improve their well-being. The Dubai Student Wellbeing Census 2017 will be held every year for five years, polling 70,000 students in grades six to nine.

The first edition of the census concludes by the end of this year.

Mainstreaming inclusiveness

Also in November, authorities announced the Dubai Inclusive Education Policy Framework, launched by the Inclusive Education Taskforce headed by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), with the mandate to transform all Dubai private education providers to be fully inclusive by 2020.

It came in line with the Dubai Disabilities Strategy and part of a larger citywide goal of making Dubai a disability-friendly city by 2020 through the ‘My community … a city for everyone’ initiative.

Towards the end of the year, in December, the Cabinet announced a National Higher Education Strategy 2030, which will see, among other developments, the Ministry of Education issuing a star rating to all licensed colleges and universities in the country. It will also aim to boost the number of PhD candidates, while slashing the rate of school drop-outs in the UAE. Another target is to closely align the degrees and skills of graduates with the demands of the job market.

What’s in store for 2018?

As early as January or February next year, the results of the first-ever Dubai Student Wellbeing Census will be out. Polling 70,000 students in grades six to nine, the census will reveal their concerns and aspirations at school, any bullying issues, how they spend time with family at home and engagement with friends and peers.

Dubai parents will also be waiting to hear the latest Education Cost Index, which, together with government inspection results, sets the rates of school fee increases. The ECI is usually announced in February for the next academic year.

In numbers

More than 139,500 students study in more than 70 licensed higher education institutions

There are over 12,800 graduate students in the UAE

840 students are pursuing their PhD in the UAE

Dubai will need an estimated 74,500 additional seats in 50 new private schools by 2020

On average, UAE parents spend around Dh365,000 on a child’s education from primary school to university

More than 1.1 million children attend public and private schools in country

Did you know?

There are around 17 different national curriculums taught in Dubai’s private schools, including Japanese and German

University students in Dubai can hold paid part-time jobs in thousands of companies in nine free zone clusters

UAE schools teach mandatory Moral Education lessons in class, focusing on ethics, respect, tolerance and culture


World Education Summit 2017, Dubai: Innovating for a Better Future

In association with the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), Dubai.

Mrs. Ayesha Obaid Al Mutaiwei gave a presentation at the World Education Summit on 26-27 November 2017.

World Education Summit is the largest and most versatile platform dedicated to creating partnership & investment opportunities for innovation in education ecosystem.

Mrs. Ayesha Al Mutaiwei as the Managing Director of Atticus Education were honored to present a speech about the “Parental Engagement Impact on Learning Outcomes”


120 new private schools in the next 10 years in Dubai

كشف تقرير التعليم الخاص للعام الدراسي الجاري، والذي أطلقته هيئة المعرفة والتنمية البشرية بدبي على هامش ملتقى المستثمرين والمعنيين بالشأن التعليمي تحت عنوان «مستقبل التعليم في دبي.. السعادة والتعاون والعطاء»، والذي نظمته سفارة الدولة في لندن أمس، عن تواصل دبي رحلتها نحو تحقيق معدلات نمو متزايدة في قطاع التعليم الخاص في الإمارة، فإنه من المتوقع افتتاح نحو 120 مدرسة خاصة جديدة في غضون السنوات العشر المقبلة، واستقبال القطاع لحوالي 470 ألف طالب وطالبة، وبلوغ نسبة العائدات السنوية من الرسوم الدراسية للعام الجاري 6.8%، وبلغت نسبة الطلبة الجدد في العام الدراسي الجاري 20%.

واجتذبت دبي معدلات نمو متواصلة في أعداد الطلبة بلغت 89% خلال السنوات العشر الماضية، ومن المتوقع نمو أعداد الطلبة خلالها بنسبة 72%، وفي وقت افتتحت 72 مدرسة خاصة جديدة في دبي منذ العام 2007.

وبحسب التقرير، فقد سجل قطاع التعليم الخاص بدبي معدل نمو سنويا في أعداد الطلبة الملتحقين بالمدارس الخاصة بدبي بلغ 6.6% خلال السنوات العشر الأخيرة، فضلاً عن معدل نمو في أعداد الطلبة الملتحقين بفروع الجامعات الدولية بلغ 9.6% سنوياً في غضون السنوات الست الأخيرة، في وقت يستقبل القطاع حوالي 1249 معهداً تدريبياً تقدم حوالي 45 ألفاً و427 دورة تدريبية.

وقال الدكتور عبدالله الكرم رئيس مجلس المديرين مدير عام هيئة المعرفة والتنمية البشرية في دبي، خلال الملتقى، إن مجتمع دبي يتميز بتنوع فريد من نوعه في الثقافات والجنسيات، ما أوجد بدوره فرصة مواتية لنشر ثقافة التعاون والعطاء والسعادة في المجتمع التعليمي خلال السنوات العشر الأخيرة، مشيراً إلى أن دبي تركز على ضمان تعليم لطلبتها بجودة عالية بمشاركة المجتمع، ونشر ثقافة التعاون وجودة الحياة في المجتمع التعليمي.

ولفت الكرم إلى أنه ومع بدء تنفيذ الرقابة المدرسية منذ العام 2008، فقد أبرزت نتائجها العديد من الجوانب الجيدة في مدارسنا، ومنذ ذلك الحين عملت الهيئة على نشر ثقافة التعاون بين المدارس وتشارك التجارب الإيجابية بدبي من خلال مبادرات متنوعة تحفز من التعاون والعطاء من بينها ملتقيات معاً نرتقي ومبادرة عطاء للمستقبل، الأمر كان له مردود إيجابي في إنجاز معدلات نمو متواصل في قطاع التعليم الخاص بدبي بخيارات متنوعة أمام أولياء الأمور والعائلات، كما قطفت ثماره المنظومة التعليمية بدبي إقليمياً ودولياً.

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