To celebrate World Poetry Day,International Schools Partnership (ISP) has launched a student Poetry Contest across the UAE. The group, which has four schools in the country – The Aquila School and Nibras International School in Dubai, as well as Aspen Heights British School and Reach British School in Abu Dhabi; has invited students to submit original poems written about the UAE, for the opportunity to win scholarships of up to 50% on tuition fees at its schools.
“We are launching the ISP Poetry Competition across our schools and the UAE today, to mark World Poetry Day, which falls on March 21,” said Bharat Mansukhani, Regional Managing Director – Middle East, ISP.
He continued, “We recognise that Poetry can play an important part in a developing a child’s language skills.. It encourages creative expression and offers a deeper understanding of sound, rhythm and the use of emotion in language. Furthermore, with the UAE marking 2021 as the “Year of the 50th” we encourage students from all schools to share with us their poems about this country we all call home.”
The launch of the competition was commemorated with the video release of two original poems written about the UAE. The Arabic Poem entitled Tolerance Sails, has been written by Musab Biroutieh, award winning author and Arabic Teacher at The Aquila School. The English poem entitled Home, was written by UAE Insta Poet, Alisha Patel, whose work was most recently recognised with her collaboration with Italian luxury menswear label Ermenegildo Zegna.
To watch the video in Arabic, click here.
To watch the video in English, click here.
“Through this competition we hope to bring the entire community together in order to celebrate the UAE as our home,” concluded Mansukhani.
The competition is open to all students in the UAE, between the ages of 8 and 18. Students already enrolled in ISP schools are also invited to submit poems about their school. The deadline for submission is May 31, 2021.