Moving On

by Eddie Rayner

William Arthur Ward, an often quoted writer of inspirational maxims, said: “Teaching is more than imparting knowledge, it is inspiring change. Learning is more than absorbing facts, it is acquiring an understanding.” Nothing could be truer, and it is a statement that describes perfectly both Rosy George and Simone Noorali, who are both graduating onto the next phase of their life.

Rosy, who taught English at Indian High School, before retiring recently after 44 years in education, has many fond memories, but one thing always stood out above all others: “When I saw my students happy! Yes, seeing them excel does make me beam with joy, but I honestly believe that excelling in something does not always ensure happiness, and so I have to reiterate that it is their happiness that brought me the utmost joy and pride.

“Teaching is not a task; instead, it is giving students the best of your knowledge and experience so that they are equipped for life. Teaching them with a stick is really not the way one can make children learn, it is only love that can help them move forward. My advice to teachers who are just starting out in the field is that if your objective is clear, your work does not seem like work anymore. It is not how much of a chapter you can finish in a, say, 45-minute class – though that is extremely important – but it is how much of a child you can mold into become a better citizen of the world.”

Rosy George with an Indian High School alumni

Simone, a 17-year-old student at Uptown School Dubai, has recently been accepted to seven of the most prestigious universities in the USA. She is not only academically talented, but also excels in sports and music, and has a knack for debating in model UNs. She has also published a book highlighting human trafficking called ‘The Girl in the Pink Room’ which has been nominated for the Rex Karmaveer Chakra Award.

“I honestly did not anticipate the response I got from the US. After conversations with my college interviewers, I learned that some schools in Dubai receive an unparalleled number of admissions to top US universities, in part due to their establishment and relationship with the universities. So as a member of my school’s first cohort to apply to the US, I am incredibly proud of all that the school has achieved.

“I have been accepted to the University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth College, Johns Hopkins University, Georgetown University, University of California, Berkeley, Emory University, and George Washington University. Before making my final decision, I am looking to find a safe and urban city, an excellent student life and on-campus clubs, and good internship opportunities for non-American citizens. I am waiting to hear back from three or four other universities, and am hopeful of receiving good news!”

Simone Noorali, graduate of Uptown School Dubai

Simone is a three-time consecutive Top Individual Scholar at the World Scholars Cup Regional Round, the co-author of the book ‘Weekends with Zoey’.