AD gets 12 charter schools, Dubai 8 new schools

By DG Staff

DUBAI 28 August 2019: Eight new schools are to open in Dubai by September 2020, it was announced yesterday.

The Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), in a press statement revealed that over 13,000 new seats will be made available, providing parents with more education choices for their children.

Mohammed Darwish, CEO of Permits and Compliance sector at KHDA, said, “The opening of eight new schools by 2020 will further strengthen Dubai’s private education sector and add to the wide variety of educational offerings available to parents. A total of five schools will welcome students from the new academic year this year and an additional three are expected to open next year.”

The schools opening this year are located in Al Twar 2, Al Qusais, Jumeirah Village Triangle, Al Quoz, and Jebel Ali, among other areas.

“Every new school adds to the variety on offer in Dubai and it empowers parents with choice. Dubai has seen a steady increase in the number of schools offering good or better quality education, with an increase from 38 in schools in 2008 to 119 this year,” Darwish added.

Dubai’s continued growth in private education is reflected in the opening of 41 new schools over the last three years, showcasing investor confidence in the private educator sector.

ADEK announces operators for Charter Schools project

ABU DHABI: The Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (Adek) inaugurated Al Rayana School in Al Falah area as a pilot for the Charter Schools project, and at the beginning of this academic year 2019-2020, the project started to expand to 12 Charter Schools, nine of which are based in Abu Dhabi city and three in Al Ain city.

Following a thorough tender bidding and evaluation process, Adek identified three leading private sector educational operators in the Emirate, which are Aldar Education, Bloom Education and Taaleem.

The operators were selected based on their capabilities of implementing exceptional instructional practices, in addition to a number of criteria defined within the tendering process. The operation and management of the 12 Charter Schools opening this academic year is distributed on the three awarded operators.

Aldar Education, established in 2007, has a network of schools that deliver a variety of curriculums adapted for the UAE community.

Bloom Education, established in 2009, is a part of Bloom Group. Bloom Education currently has ties with international partners, such as Brighton College from the UK, Dwight School from New York and MindChamps Nurseries from Singapore.

Taaleem, established in 2004, has a portfolio of 10 international schools and pre-schools. Taaleem is committed to providing a solid academic grounding by delivering stimulating and creative educational programmes.

15,000 seats

The first phase of the Charter Schools project is set to provide 15,000 seats this coming academic year and will offer American based curriculums to kindergarten and elementary levels, with more stages to be introduced as students progress in their educational journey.

The project focuses on students and their ongoing development that will enable them to instill a forward thinking mindset whilst upholding their cultural and moral values. Students will be exposed to creative thinking, leadership and innovation that will eventually prepare them to be confident global citizens and upskill them to address future challenges and job opportunities, said Wam.

Charter Schools is the first of its kind project introduced by Adek and is a forward-thinking initiative that supports the UAE national agenda. It emphasizes the development of a sustainable education system and helps in establishing a knowledge-based economy. The strategic alliance between the public and private sectors will open new horizons for more effective cooperative partnerships and encourage competitive environments that will improve the overall quality of services and life in Abu Dhabi.

Dubai Gazette