Latest News

How global citizenship sets your child up for success

 Thu, 22 Jun 2017   -   Thu, 22 Jun 2017
 Aldar Academies

Living and learning in the UAE has many benefits, and one of the biggest is growing as a global citizen.

As a resident of the UAE, you’ll likely have heard the term ‘global citizen’ uttered a few times. We talk about it often, because as a leading community of private international schools in a city as cosmopolitan as Abu Dhabi, we nurture our students to be global citizens every day. And that’s a good thing.

Before we look at why, what exactly is a ‘global citizen’?

The World Economic Forum defines global citizenship as “The idea of embracing an international perspective and lifestyle”. Expanding on this, we believe it’s about making conscious decisions to contribute positively to the globalised world we all live in. Here’s why that’s good for your child – today and into their future.

Instilling positive values early in life

Everyone knows that our formative years play a big part in shaping the person we become. Therefore, as our students grow up and are educated in a country that encourages global citizenship, they’re instilled with positive values of tolerance, respect and equality from an earlier age – preparing them for our diverse and globalised world.
The UAE’s leadership led from the front in this regard with its moral education initiative, which aims to promote tolerance and an understanding of the country’s core values via the school curricula. As a multicultural, home-grown education provider, Aldar Academies instinctively supports this goal with every school day. A student cohort of over 100 nationalities means our pupils are exposed to different cultures, heritage, and religions as they interact with and learn from their peers. What’s more, we place a strong emphasis on bilingualism, because learning a new language offers access to a new culture. Arabic is taught to all Aldar Academies students, who also have the opportunity to learn French and Spanish.
The curricula itself also has an important role to play. For UAE schools, the curricula typically has an ‘international dimension’, which means that in lessons such as history, geography or English literature, the content can be tailored for a local or international context. This helps students understand and value the diversity of the topic, and therefore the peers they study with.

Setting them up for success

Driven by their early values of respect and tolerance, students of this region are on the right path towards success, as the ability to work with others - regardless of their background, is fundamental to their academic and professional futures. This collaborative mind-set is reinforced when education providers offer pupils the chance to join leadership programmes, school councils, and student-led environmental groups, which involve watching, learning and sharing among a multicultural crowd.Schools that teach the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) – like Al Bateen Academy, place these characteristics at their core, as the learning pathway is specifically designed to cultivate an international mind-set in students. And, because of their growing relevance, certain principles of the IBDP are now also applied to the English National Curriculum and American Massachusetts State Curriculum.
When the study of these pathways ends and the time to apply for a university place or job arrives, global citizens have an obvious advantage, because the acceptance criteria for both looks beyond pure academic ability. Universities and employers want their students and employees to be respectful, culturally sensitive, worldly, and morally strong individuals. These are all traits of a global citizen.

Shaping the future in a positive way

Ultimately, when a student is nurtured to be a global citizen, the benefits can be felt throughout their professional and personal lives, and by the entire community around them. Students that grow up to be globally aware and with empathy, understanding and respect for others are well equipped to help shape a peaceful, prosperous society built on economic stability.