Lora Atatreh with Simon Crane.
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Dubai: Emirati college students at a British faculty in Dubai have began assuming the function of ‘UAE Ambassadors’ to advance the profile of UAE tradition, values and historical past amongst schoolmates.

Brighton School Dubai’s UAE Ambassador programme is a brand new initiative for this educational 12 months, arrange by the varsity positioned in Al Barsha 2 South, in September this 12 months. At the moment it has two Emirati Ambassadors, in 12 months 5 and 11, main the programme. The ambassadors are seen as function fashions amongst their friends and have turn out to be the go-to pupils for all questions on the UAE. Additionally they have an envoy badge to allow them to be recognised simply.

For the reason that launch of the initiative, the ambassadors have shared their data inside their peer teams, in addition to in assemblies, and might be an necessary a part of this 12 months’s Nationwide Day celebrations. Because the programme develops, extra ambassadors might be appointed and they’ll have an necessary function throughout the pupil’s council to make sure that Brighton’s pupils are frequently taught concerning the UAE’s tradition.

‘College students have an interest’

Lora Atatreh, an Emirati in 12 months 11 who’s a UAE Ambassador, mentioned college students typically have a background of the UAE, partially due to the Ethical Training curriculum taught in all colleges, which makes her function simpler. “Nevertheless it’s additionally very nice to allow them to know extra concerning the heritage of the UAE and the way the UAE constructed up from a small milestone after which continued to turn out to be such a beautiful nation. The scholars are actually they usually principally need to know concerning the UAE’s previous, its heritage, but in addition what will probably be like sooner or later. The UAE is such an modern nation; it continuously needs to enhance itself,” Lora mentioned.

Another frequent questions or themes college students ask her are about UAE’s structure and different bodily features. Even fellow Emirati college students ask Lora concerning the UAE. “It includes everybody; no one ever feels omitted. The programme permits college students to collaborate with one another in a way of group on the faculty,” Lora mentioned.

Younger patriot

One other UAE Ambassador within the faculty programme, Zayed Al Nahyan, who’s in 12 months 5, is all the time eager on studying extra about his nation, mentioned his mom, Shaikha Alia Butti Maktoum Al Maktoum Al Nahyan. “Zayed has been the household’s little patriot and he all the time confirmed curiosity in studying concerning the UAE normally and his household ancestors in particular. He all the time takes satisfaction in his citizenship and has loads of admiration for his nation. Brighton School has paved the best way for Zayed to construct on his patriotism and ignite his management potential. Since being assigned this function, he has been totally ascribed to his citizenship and the affiliation to his faculty group.”

Pupils studying from pupils

Brighton School Dubai head grasp Simon Crane, who launched the programme in September, mentioned they selected the phrase ‘ambassador’ for the programme as a result of “we actually need our ambassadors to be envoys, to be function fashions, in a peer-to-peer approach”. Past the Ethical Training programme, which is frequent to all colleges, the varsity wished to “improve the DNA of the UAE’s values at Brighton School and guarantee it was threaded by all the things we do, in each formal and casual training”, he added. Crane hopes the programme will proceed to develop and turn out to be a legacy on the faculty for a few years to come back.

Past classroom

“We’re very a lot engaged on this along with the ambassadors and welcome their views on how we are able to improve the programme. We’ve already completed some coaching by mentoring,” he mentioned. Hend El Tomaily, head of Arabic and Islamic Research at Brighton School Dubai, hopes different colleges will take the programme for instance to comply with. “This goes past educating them as a part of the curriculum within the classroom. It makes them relate to life in Dubai and the UAE. With pupils main this programme, it brings college students nearer and perceive extra about Emirati tradition by their friends, which is de facto necessary, particularly for senior faculty college students. It’s like a bridge between Emirati tradition and the multitude of cultures right here within the UAE,” El Tomaily added.

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