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Al Futtaim Education Foundation: Shaping Minds Together

by Belinda Breeze

Within Al Futtaim Education Foundation, Deira International School and Universal American School are bastions of academic excellence. Both schools prioritise nurturing well-rounded individuals, equipping students with the tools to excel in a rapidly evolving world while instilling values that resonate beyond the classroom.

Triumph in Engineering: Deira International School Students Secure First Place in RIT University Competition

In a display of exceptional talent and ingenuity, students from the IB1 class at Deira International School (DIS) ventured into the world of engineering, participating in the prestigious annual RIT University Engineering Competition held in November. The competition, known for its challenging tasks and diverse engineering styles, saw the DIS team rise to the occasion, often competing against students older and more experienced.

The team, comprised of Joe, Daniel, and Saif, tackled various tasks that spanned the spectrum of engineering disciplines, showcasing their skills, teamwork, and problem-solving abilities. Undeterred by the challenges and determined to make their mark, the DIS students demonstrated a level of maturity and expertise that belied their age.

Amidst formidable competition, the DIS team’s efforts culminated in a remarkable success as they clinched the first-place position in the Industrial Engineering category. This outstanding achievement not only reflects the students’ dedication to their craft but also highlights the exceptional standard of education and mentorship provided at DIS.

The crowning moment came with the announcement that the DIS team had been awarded a substantial $30,000 scholarship to RIT University. This scholarship not only recognises their exceptional performance in the competition but also serves as a testament to the potential and capabilities of the young engineers from DIS.

The achievement is particularly noteworthy considering the team’s successful navigation through tasks that required a comprehensive understanding of industrial engineering principles. The students’ ability to apply theoretical knowledge to real-world challenges demonstrated a practical approach to learning, a hallmark of the IB programme at DIS.

Joe, Daniel, and Saif’s success is a source of immense pride for DIS and the Al Futtaim Family, showcasing the school’s commitment to nurturing excellence in various academic disciplines. Their triumph in the RIT University Engineering Competition exemplifies the effectiveness of DIS’s educational approach, which encourages students to explore and excel in their chosen fields.

As we celebrate this accomplishment, we extend our heartfelt congratulations to the winning team and express our gratitude to the educators and mentors at Deira International School who have played a pivotal role in shaping these budding engineers. The journey of Joe, Daniel, and Saif serves as an inspiration to their peers and a testament to the limitless possibilities that await those who are dedicated, passionate, and driven to succeed in the field of engineering.

Celebrating Sustainability in Islam: A Day of Insight and Creativity at Universal American School

In a harmonious blend of insight, creativity, and a shared commitment to environmental responsibility, Universal American School recently hosted a day dedicated to celebrating sustainability in Islam. The event brought together students, faculty, and a special guest speaker, Ms Eman from Dubai Municipality, who shared impactful initiatives and perspectives on the intersection of Islam and sustainable living.

The day commenced with a discerning and engaging presentation by Ms Eman, who highlighted various sustainability initiatives undertaken by Dubai Municipality. Drawing connections between Islamic teachings and environmental stewardship, Ms Eman provided valuable insights into how communities can align their actions with the principles of sustainability embedded in Islamic teachings.

Following the guest speaker’s enlightening session, students participated in a thought-provoking discussion panel. The panel explored the role of individuals and communities in promoting sustainability from an Islamic perspective. The dynamic exchange of ideas and perspectives showcased the depth of understanding and awareness among Universal American School students regarding the significance of sustainability in the context of their faith.

The pinnacle of the event was a captivating exhibition where the artistic talents of Universal American School students took centre stage. Through a diverse array of artwork, students showcased their creativity while conveying a powerful message – their unwavering commitment to sustainability. The exhibition served as a visual representation of the students’ dedication to living in harmony with the environment, in accordance with the principles of Islam.

The artwork on display featured innovative and visually stunning representations of sustainable living, recycling practices, and nature conservation. Each piece resonated with the ethos of Islam, emphasising the responsibility bestowed upon individuals to act as stewards of the Earth. From vibrant paintings to intricately crafted sculptures, the exhibition demonstrated the students’ deep understanding of the interconnectedness of faith and environmental consciousness.

The day of celebration was not only an opportunity to gain insights into sustainable practices but also a manifestation of the school’s commitment to fostering holistic education. By integrating Islamic teachings with contemporary issues, Universal American School aims to instil a sense of responsibility, empathy, and active participation in its students.

As the event concluded, the resonating message was clear – sustainability is not merely a contemporary concept but an integral part of Islamic principles. The day of insight and creativity at Universal American School served as a testament to the school’s dedication to nurturing socially conscious individuals who, inspired by their faith, actively contribute to a sustainable and harmonious world.