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The popularity of homeschooling is rising in the United Arab Emirates and around the globe. According to a recent report by the BBC, the approximate number of homeschooled students in the United Kingdom rose from 34,000 in 2012 to 48,000 in 2017, representing a 40% increase. This trend is mirrored in other regions such as the United States and Australia, where the numbers nearly doubled between 1999-2016 and 2011-2018, respectively. What is the reason behind these statistics? Why are parents enrolling their children to homeschooling programs? Aside from being cost-effective, an online homeschooling is going mainstream for several reasons.
- Homeschooled Children Perform Better
Research shows that homeschooled children have better academic outcomes than their counterparts in traditional schools. The study showed that 69% of homeschoolers graduated from college in comparison to 59% of students from public schools and 51% from private schools. This showed that homeschooled students tend to perform better on a standardized test than their counterparts. These advantageous outcomes could be attributed to a number of reasons, including interactive environments, one-on-one mentoring, warm personal relationships, and the freedom for imagination among other benefits.
Did you know that the benefits of homeschooling extend into adulthood? An Australian survey discovered that homeschooled students went on to earn more degrees and academic accolades than the general population. As shown in figure 1 below, homeschooled students outperformed their counterparts across all the age groups.
Figure 1. Bachelor Degrees held by the general public versus homeschooled respondents in different age brackets (Source: Home Education Network)
- Personalized Learning
Homeschooling is founded on the idea that children should learn in the style and speed that matches their abilities and personality. For example, if a kid struggles in a certain area, the tutor can easily incorporate additional and relevant resources to help. This technique, known as ”personalized learning,” is increasingly attracting the attention and admiration of notable individuals such as Bill Gates. According to the teaching approach, the learning outcome is improved when children are taught based on what they like and how they learn best.
Homeschooling also protects kids with special needs from social stigma and prejudices in the traditional school system. The child is allowed to learn in a familiar and supportive environment. In the United Arab Emirates and other regions where religious and family values are key to an education system, homeschooling offers an effective way to monitor and instill the right morals. Homeschooling platforms such as the British Online School (BOS) Homeschooling offer student-centered learning with a keen interest in the child as a whole. The online school incorporates some Finnish teaching methods to ensure that kids progress faster, but at their own pace.
- Independence and Emotional Freedom
Learning that your child was subjected to bullying and other downsides of a toxic school environment is disheartening to most parents. Some critics of homeschooling may argue that these experiences toughen up the children, but at what cost? Bullied children have a higher risk of developing symptoms of anxiety and depression. The negative mental and physical health issues directly affect the academic achievement of the children.
On the contrary, homeschooled children have the opportunity to thrive in a more harmonious environment. Enrolling for the British Online School’s homeschooling program removes the social downsides of a traditional classroom. The kids are free from unnecessary stress and negative peer pressure. According to an informative book by Susannah Sheffer, homeschooled children are more emotionally mature, happy, and display higher self-esteem. Additionally, the BOS enhances the mental and emotional health of your children by employing a 15-minute break for every 45 minutes of learning. This prevents burnout while boosting the focus and retention of the children.
- Financial Costs
According to an article published by the Khaleej Times, parents in the UAE could save up to 75% in tuition by subscribing to homeschooling institutions such as the British Online School. The monetary incentive for homeschooling is especially significant in the current education landscape, whereby there seems to be an annual fee hike. Aside from a considerable cost-cut in tuition fees, homeschooling relieves parents from a plethora of expenses. This includes expensive learning resources, school uniform, and transport expenses among others.
- Teacher-to-Student Ratio
The teacher-to-student ratio and the connection between a learner and the tutor are often regarded as some of the main determinants of learning outcomes. Unsurprisingly, homeschooling excels in both of these benchmarks. For example, BOS Homeschooling employs the services of qualified and experienced teachers from the United Kingdom. They offer the Cambridge International Primary Curriculum from year 1 to 6 alongside Modern Foreign Languages (English, French, and Arabic) for adults and children. The tutors are fully dedicated to the specific needs and capabilities of the students enrolled in the program.
Consistent and Integrated Education
A good education equips your kids with all the tools and skills they need to succeed. The integrated and consistent education approach of BOS homeschooling helps set up your children for a successful future. The online tutor understands and uses the kid’s background and experiences to design future learning activities. Homeschooling education from BOS is consistent with a long-term plan to blend the previous, ongoing, and future topics seamlessly.
Could homeschooling be the future of education in the UAE? Current trends suggest that more and more people in the UAE and all over the world are considering homeschooling for their children. The rising popularity is attributed to lower financial costs, personalized learning, and other benefits highlighted above. It’s also worth noting that homeschooling can be practiced freely in the UAE provided you enroll your children in accredited institutions. For more information on the benefits of homeschooling, please visit the British Online School for Homeschoolers.Email This Post
Popular singer to perform in the city on 10th and 11th October at Zabeel Park
No celebration of the Indian festival of Navratri is ever complete without the dazzling performance of the undisputed Dandiya Queen, Falguni Pathak. The special performance by the popular singer adds an unusual sparkle to the Garba fests across the world. Adding to Navratri Festivities and giving the Indians in UAE a chance to dance to the tunes of the loved celebrity artist, Spotlight Entertainment is bringing Falguni Pathak to Dubai for two-nights of “Dandiya Masti” on 10th and 11th October at Zabeel Park Amphitheater.
The incredibly lively concert by the singer will see revellers twirl around with wooden sticks during the Gujarati folk dance festival and dance to Pathak’s biggest hits including “Chudi jo khanki haath ma”, “Maine payal hai chhankai”, “Meri chunar udd udd jaye”, “Ayi pardesh se pariyon ki rani”, “Sawaan Mein amongst many others.
“This would be the first time that the popular singer will be performing over two days in Dubai. Spreading the magic of her voice, Falguni is all set to enthrall audience with her fabulous numbers”, said Ashwin Sancheti, Managing Partner, Spotlight Entertainment, the organizers of Dandiya Masti.
Predominantly singing Gujarati folk and traditional songs, Falguni is the most sought-after singer for the Indian dance festival of ‘Navratri’. She is known for her high energy performances and mixes of Bollywood, indi-pop and traditional music into the Gujarati folk melodies. Pathak’s vocal prowess has earned her a worldwide fan following while her concerts are known to sell to packed houses during the dandiya season.
Tickets for “Dandiya Masti” start at Dh39 for children and Dh89 for adults and are inclusive of the park entry fee. Available at Platinumlist Dubai, tickets for two cost Dh159 while group tickets for four are priced at Dh 249. Children under 5 enter free while 5 to 15 years pay half price. Moreover, a variety of food and Garba sticks can also be purchased at the venue.
The event kicks off at 7:00 pm on both days and continues until midnight. It’s a Viu event, managed and marketed by Spotlight Entertainment.Email This Post
You might call in a smoke alarm or a smoke detector, either way; it is a necessary item for your kitchen. Having smoke or gas alarms will ensure you are alerted to a possible fire and can get in contact with the fire department or take safety precautions faster. Smoke alarms will also let you know of danger while you sleep. Fire deaths of sleeping individuals and fire incidents in kitchens are one of the main reasons fire death statistics are so high. Duty Shield can provide you with working smoke or gas detectors. They can also provide you with the proper information on installation and usage of the new smoke alarm.
Smoke is the leading cause of death in a fire. Most individuals die as a result of being overcome with smoke. They literally suffocate because smoke removes the oxygen from a space. While you sleep, you have a greater risk of death associated with smoke inhalation because of the risk of not waking up in time to get out of the house. The more smoke that accumulates in a room, the darker the room becomes and the harder it is to find your way out. The best defense in a smoky room is to stay as low to the floor as you can. This is where the most oxygen is at the time. Some individuals have been found right in front of the door leading to the outside but got so disoriented, they never realized it.
Smoke detectors give a change of early warning in a fire if they are installed and cared for properly. This means that the smoke alarm should be tested at least once a month to ensure the battery is still strong enough to work correctly. Some smoke alarms are connected to the homes electrical current and this is fine for those emergencies before the fire starts to become large. Battery-operated alarms give added protection when the power is cut or out due to storms or other reasons and allow the alarm to continue functioning. Always take a smoke alarm warning seriously. If your alarm is malfunctioning and going off on a frequent basis, you may want to change the device out for a new one. Death due to not being warned of a fire is no joke. How sad to think this could happen to you or someone you love.
A smoke alarm is a life-saving device to give proper warning in the event of a fire. This means that the fire department can be notified in enough time to prevent a large amount of damage to your home. Not only is it a necessity in saving property but will also make your family aware of an emergency so they can get out to safety in time. Most smoke alarms only cost about a few bucks each but think of the cost you would incur without one. By having a smoke alarm above each bedroom and also in your kitchen and living room, you are adding an extra sense of security to your home. Why would you want to do anything less than protect your home from all emergencies? Purchase your smoke alarm today and become an important part of the fight against fire. Smoke or Gas detectors are the lifelines in fighting against fire, but we should be aware that one should not fully rely on it and proper safety practices must be followed.
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Actor Beau Brasseaux is back on Instagram and has quickly connected with former costars on his latest post. Brasseaux posts a picture from the movie Arena in which he co-stars alongside both Samuel L Jackson and Kellan Lutz. Lutz the former Twilight movie star made a comment on the post saying he wished to work alongside Brasseaux again. Brasseaux made a huge announcement recently to his fans that he would be returning to film. After being one of the fastest rising action performers in Hollywood Brasseaux walked away from the film industry for nearly 5 years. He has been traveling the world and training martial arts in Asia during his time away.
You can read his Biography on IMDB and connect with him on Instagram as follows:
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In 2010 Twilight was the hottest thing in film, I didn't watch it but every person I talked to would go down the list of actors or actress from Twilight and ask if I worked with any of them. In Arena @kellanlutz was a known actor from the film and a rising star. On screen it was me and @samuelljackson job to give him hell, off the screen I can say Kellan was humble and it was a pleasure to work long days with him in this film. #arenamovie #kellanlutz #movie #actor #beaubrasseaux #film #hollywood #twilight #theatre #samuelljackson
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Working with this guy was a awesome experience. At the age of 22 I was honored to play next to @samuelljackson in the movie Arena. It was a month of long days and comedic downtime listening to him everyday. #samuelljackson #samuelljackson #kellenlutz #movie #arenamovie #movies #film #nyfw #hollywood #hollywoodsouth #beaubrasseaux
Alliance Française Abu Dhabi unveils “France eMotion”, the animated journey that celebrates new technologies, the work of four young international photographers and cultural sites throughout France at their Al Bateen branch last September 9.
Art enthusiasts were delighted with 35 original pieces that come alive through augmented reality which can be viewed with the help of a free and easy to use mobile application. With its combination of photography and digital animation, the exhibition aims to spark the curiosity of visitors around the world and inspire them to discover France’s rich heritage.
President of Alliance Française, Sultan Al Hajji said, “We are pleased to present this exceptional art experience along with Institut français and Atout France that will awaken the French cultural attractions through the artistic travelling showcase of France eMotion, to inspire people from the Emirates to learn more about the French culture, arts and, traditions.”
Alliance Française will be open to public for free viewing from 9 am to 8 pm on weekdays and 9:30 am – 5 pm every Saturday until the 24th of October.Email This Post
“Kadak Bol” contest invites Dubai rappers to showcase their talent, winner gets to do the warm up act for the popular hip-hop stars
Rappers in UAE can now gear up for fame, recognition and success as one of them will get a unique opportunity to open the upcoming concert of rappers DIVINE and RAFTAAR in Dubai. Happening on Friday, September 20th at DWTC, “It’s All About Rap” concert is bringing the stars of desi-rap together in Dubai for the very first time.
Providing talented rappers a chance to share space with their favorite artists, Spotlight Entertainment, the organizers of the event have announced a unique contest by the name “Kadak Bol” – inviting underground rappers in the country to come forward and upload their videos showcasing their exceptional talent and skills.
As the name suggests “Kadak Bol” is all about speaking up and making yourself heard in a language that is simple but words that are hard-hitting. So here is your chance to voice out your frustrations and anger, celebrate your success and failures, and speak up about your botherations, issues, the unspoken, everything and anything that needs to be spoken about. And you never know this may be your big break to the world of stardom. So speak up in a language that says the truth and hammers it hard, the hip-hop style.
Once uploaded, the videos will be judged by a panel of experts who will select the winner, who in turn will get to open the Divine and Raftaar event. The contest starts on 8th September and will be open till 13th September; winner will be announced at the Grand Finale on 14th September at Headline Cafe, Ibis, World Trade Centre
“Our idea is to provide young and talented rappers a platform to showcase their talent and obviously an opportunity to open the concert of their favorite hip-hop stars from India”, said, Ashwin Sancheti, Managing Partner, Spotlight Entertainment.
Participants will need to share their videos with Viu Desi Page on Facebook and Instagram. Links to the pages provided below:
It’s a VIU Desi event, managed and organized by Spotlight Entertainment Dubai. Scheduled to take place on Friday, 20th September at Za’abeel Hall 6, Dubai World Trade Centre, the event will begin at 9 pm, limited early bird tickets are available on https://dubai.platinumlist.net/event-tickets/76383/its-all-about-rap at AED 92.50 for General Admission and AED 183.20 for Fan Pit. For sponsorships, table bookings and enquiries, call 055 3626267.Email This Post
- Facility provides central point for monitoring performance of environmental service providers through fail-safe control, tracking system
- Center leverages latest technologies to provide high-quality services to Abu Dhabi community
Abu Dhabi Waste Management Center (Tadweer) opened a new state-of-the-art Control Center to establish a central point for controlling and monitoring the performance of private environmental service providers tasked with the collection and transportation of waste in the emirate, as well as to electronically track waste transport vehicles.
His Excellency Mubarak Obaid Al Dhaheri, Undersecretary at the Department of Urban Planning and Municipalities, His Excellency Dr Salem Al Kaabi, General Manager of Tadweer, as well as several senior officials from Tadweer and representatives of local media attended the launch event and toured the Control Center.
As part of its mandate to monitor the collection and transportation of waste to enhance the overall efficiency of the environmental service providers in the emirate of Abu Dhabi, the Control Center tracks vehicles used in the collection and transportation of household waste, farm waste and bulky waste, as well as the washing and sterilizing of waste bins and street sweeping equipment. Furthermore, based on these assessments, it issues reports on the contractors’ performance.
His Excellency Mubarak Obaid Al Dhaheri said: “The opening of the new Control Center aligns with the directive of the Abu Dhabi government to leverage the latest technologies to provide high-quality services to the community. Technology integration is key to the development of the waste management sector in the emirate and to achieving its strategic plan. Through using a fail-safe system that combines control and monitoring functions, this important facility seeks to improve our operating mechanisms and enhance our preparedness to address any challenges facing this vital field.”
His Excellency Dr Al Kaabi said: “The Control Center reflects Tadweer’s commitment to the continuous improvement of the waste management sector in Abu Dhabi. The facility provides the Contract Management Department at Tadweer with seamless access to the integrated waste management system, and facilitates monitoring, control and analysis of contractors’ performance. Through ensuring the compliance of environmental service providers with contractual terms and guidelines, the center aims to boost their efficiency and responsiveness while supporting the efforts of Abu Dhabi to achieve its sustainable development goals.”
Tadweer plays an important role in creating a sustainable environment, and preserving the cleanliness and aesthetic appeal of Abu Dhabi. It provides 51 services, including 27 services related to cleaning, collection and transportation of waste as well as sweeping of roads and residential, commercial and industrial areas in the emirate. The center also oversees recycling facilities and issues environmental licenses to entities active in the waste management sector in Abu Dhabi.
Tadweer uses state-of-the-art vehicles fitted with the latest equipment and systems to provide updated data on the location, weight, quantity and type of waste bins.Email This Post
Emirati driver underlines F2 dominance in Portugal to become world champion with third race victory
Team Abu Dhabi are half way towards their target of landing four major powerboat racing titles this season following Rashed Al Qemzi’s triumph in the UIM F2 World Championship.
Al Qemzi, who clinched his second F2 crown in three years by winning yesterday’s Grand Prix of Portugal in Ribadouro, was part of the four-man crew who secured the World Endurance Championships in Poland two months ago.
Team Abu Dhabi’s reigning UIM F1H2O world champion Shaun Torrente currently leads this year’s series and also tops the UIM XCAT World Championship standings with his title-winning partner from last season, Faleh Al Mansoori.
It means the title quartet remains a distinct possibility for Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club, which hosts the final round of the F2 series on December 6-7, with the silver and bronze medals remaining in the balance.
Al Qemzi, whose third race win of the season in Portugal came from a fourth successive pole position, won by 18 seconds from home favourite Duarte Benavente after Sharjah Team’s Dutch driver Ferdinand Zandbergen dropped from second to fourth place with a one lap penalty.
The Emirati driver has dominated the championship following an opening round win in Lithuania, extending his lead with second place in Norway and following that with another victory in Italy last month.
While team-mate Rashed Al Tayer finished outside the top ten in Portugal, he will be aiming for a podium finish to the season on familiar home waters in Abu Dhabi.
Before that he will be attempting to boost his bid for this year’s UIM-ABP Aquabike World Championship title in next month’s penultimate round in China.
Currently lying in second place, Al Tayer wants to close the gap on Kuwaiti leader Yousef Al Abdulrazzaq ahead of December’s final round in Sharjah.
Grand Prix of Portugal results
- Rashed Al Qemzi UAE Team Abu Dhabi 43:32:44
- Duarte Benavente POR Atlantic Team 43:50:44
- Ola Pettersson SWE Skåne Racing Team 44:02:41
- Ferdinand Zandbergen NED Sharjah Team Lap Lap – 1
- Edgaras Riabko LTU F2 Lithuania Lap -1
- Mette Brandt Bjerknæs NOR MBR Lap -1
- Ahmad Al Fahim UAE Victory Team Lap -1
- Kalle Viippo FIN Kalle Viippo Racing Lap -1
- Manoor Al Mansoori UAE Victory Team Lap -2
- Steve Hoult GBR Team WNT Lap -2
UIM F2 World Championship leading positions after 4 of 5 rounds
- Rashed Al Qemzi UAE 75pts
- Duarte Benavente POR 38
- Ola Pettersson SWE 34
- Ferdinand Zandbergen NL 34
- Stefan Hagin GER 20
- Daniel Segenmark SWE 20
Team Abu Dhabi driver underlines dominance of championship with third victory of season
Team Abu Dhabi’s Rashed Al Qemzi clinched the UIM F2 World Championship title for the second time in three years with a commanding victory in the Grand Prix of Portugal.
The Emirati driver, who has led the series from his opening round win in Lithuania back in June, was crowned world champion in Ribadouro tonight with one round to spare after another impeccable display.
Having secured his fourth successive pole position 24 hours earlier, he again underlined his dominance of this year’s series with a 14.75 secs winning margin over Sharjah Team’s Ferdinand Zandbergen, his nearest title challenger. Portugal’s Duarte Benavente was third, another 4.28 secs adrift.
Al Qemzi now has the luxury of carrying his second F2 world title into the final round, the Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi, which effectively becomes a victory lap of honour on home waters on December 7. Team Abu Dhabi’s Rashed Al Tayer finished in 13th position.
There was a double helping of drama at the start of the race which was halted initially by a red flag after a collision between Dutchman Zandbergen and German Stefan Hagin on the first lap.
The re-start then saw another clash on the first turn between Sweden’s Daniel Segenmark and Britain’s Owen Jelf, and after the yellow flag resumption Al Qemzi stormed into a clear lead and went on to secure a third race victory of the season.
Team Abu Dhabi driver in confident mood as he looks to clinch F2 world title
Team Abu Dhabi’s Rashed Al Qemzi produced more of the form which has seen him dominate the 2019 UIM F2 World Championship today in the countdown to the Grand Prix of Portugal.
The Emirati driver, who is looking to secure his second F2 world title in three years with a third victory of the season in Ribadouro, set the early pace in official practice on the Albufeira da Pala reservoir course.
His time of 46.16 was the fastest of the 21 challengers when he retired early from the session, and while Norway’s Tobias Munthe-Kaas produced a late surge to clock a best lap of 46.03, Al Qemzi was in a confident mood as he prepared to chase a fourth successive pole position.
He was faster than each of the five drivers who have a mathematical chance of catching him in the title race, including his closest challenger, Dutchman Ferdinand Zandbergen, who trails by 30pts and was down in 13th place in official practice in 48.03.
Team Abu Dhabi’s Rashed Al Tayer (47.93) was 12th fastest in the session, with the three stage qualifying series to follow for the Grand Prix of Portugal starting at 3.45pm local time tomorrow.Email This Post