Bodour Al Qasimi spotlights importance of early education at Global Education and Skills Forum

March 17, 2014 2:21 pm

Sheikha Bodour bint Sultan Al Qasimi, Founder and CEO of Kalimat Group, participated in a panel discussion titled ‘Education: when does it start? A focus on early childhood education’ on day two of the Global Education and Skills Forum, which was concluded at the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel in Dubai.

Panellists participating alongside Sheikha Bodour Al Qasimi included Naomi Eisenstadt, Senior Research Fellow at Oxford University and former Director of Sure Start, UK; and Rolando Villamero, UN GEFI Youth Advisory Group, Philippines. The discussion was moderated by Scott Noppe-Brandon, Director/Co-Founder, Squiggle Consulting, USA.

The participating educational experts discussed early childhood education and focused on how quality early childhood education enables children to gain valuable skills and competencies that promote achievement in school and life in general.

Sheikha Bodour Al Qasimi stressed the importance of providing a classroom environment that combines learning with fun for young children in order to encourage them to study, stimulate their creative thinking, and motivate them to try to interpret and analyse their surrounding environment, all of which helps to broaden their cognition and develop their talents and abilities in various areas.

She pointed to the need to provide better conditions and resources for teachers to enable them to think creatively and exert greater efforts in both improving their educational practices and also keeping abreast with educational and technological developments, particularly as education is changing rapidly to keep up with modern challenges, so that teachers are equipped to prepare the next generation to be able to effectively contribute to growth and better future.

Sheikha Bodour Al Qasimi made use of the opportunity to introduce Horouf Educational Publishing, and its goals of preserving and instilling a love of the Arabic language in the hearts of children through simplified and modern educational methods. She stated that Horouf’s programme was launched in September 2013 and aims at supporting learning in the Arabic language through the use of modern technologies

She added: “Horouf is striving to make a breakthrough in the methods of learning in Arabic language through innovative technology enabled educational programmes specially designed to motivate students’ interaction, creativity, and systematic thinking.” She clarified that it is difficult to predict the ideal method in teaching in the future, however children must be given more space for creativity to be able to fulfil their dreams and ambitions and serve their nation and community.”

Part of the Kalimat Group, Horouf Educational Publishing is an educational programme that aims to pioneer a fresh, fun, future oriented approach to education in Arabic. The programme works to provide innovative learning solutions to support the teaching in the Arabic language at schools, starting from preschool levels. Horouf Educational Publishing’s central focus is to improve children’s Arabic language capabilities through the provision of special designed educational materials in Arabic.

Horouf Educational Publishing’s innovative approach has been designed to encourage children to develop their physical, sensory, and intellectual capabilities and thereby give them the freedom to move, explore, and build a balanced relationship with themselves, their teachers, their environment, and society.

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