GEMS Education hosts Arabic and Islamic Studies workshopsSeptember 20, 2017, 6:15 am GMT
GEMS Education hosted a conference aiming to raise the quality of Arabic and Islamic Studies teaching across its network of schools.
Held at GEMS International School, the conference brought together more than 150 staff, including principals and heads of Arabic and Islamic studies departments, to discuss ways of improving student outcomes.
The one-day conference offered workshops and opportunities to share best practices in the teaching of Arabic and Islamic Studies.
The workshops were run in partnership with the TELLAL (Teacher Learning and Leadership for All) Institute and the London Centre for Arabic Language Training (Sharek Centre).
Delegates had the opportunity to hear from Max Stanton, the half English and half American traveler often referred to as 'Max of Arabia'. Stanton, 'who fell in love with the Middle East', explained his connection to international schools and Arabic. He said: "My parents are both teachers in international schools and fuelled my love for travel. My passion for the Arabic language began when I was at a primary school in Yemen. Arabic is a noble endeavour and a key that can unlock many doors of opportunity."
He reminded teachers of the important role they play in teaching students these subjects, saying: "Students can either be very excited to learn the Arabic language or they can be dragged into a classroom. You have the power to light fires in the minds of children you teach. Knowledge is a gift - best share it."
GEMS Education CEO Dino Varkey said: "GEMS Education has always been committed to promoting the UAE's national language and culture among its students and constantly strives to improve standards of learning and teaching in Arabic and Islamic education. We are seeing some remarkable academic progress by students across our network of schools."
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