A new report by the World Bank is calling on schools in Dubai to continue working together and to further improve collaborative practices.
Titled ‘Collaboration Road: Dubai’s Journey towards Improved School Quality’, the report highlights Dubai’s success in creating more choices for parents, revealing ‘nine out of 10 students attend private schools, following one of 17 curricula.’
Dubai has one of the most extensive private education sectors in the world, the report states. Simon Thacker, the report’s author, said: “Dubai is a world in a city and it is booming. The simple idea for Dubai is to find ways where good teachers can work together with each other. The report looks at the impact of collaborative initiatives on improving the education system.”
Dr Abdulla Al Karam, Director General of Knowledge and Human Development Authority, added: “Dubai is unique in its ability to bring together people and create a culture that values working together. It’s no longer about competition between schools, but finding new ways to grow and flourish together.”
Dubai’s four collaborative initiatives include the What Works series of events, which brings educators from private schools together to share their best practices; Living Arabic, which holds events promoting the Arabic language by Arabic teachers for Arabic teachers; the Abundance project offers schools that rated ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Very Good’ the opportunity to share their knowledge and best practices with other schools in Dubai; and the Lighthouse project, which encourages collaboration and networking between school principals around the study of specific topics.