After-school activities can prove to be a fun and exciting challenge for children – and they may carry their learning on without even realising it. Whether it’s art, ballet or sport, you can stimulate new interests within your brood, or how about something completely different?
Launched recently at Al Hekma International School is ECE (Economic and Career Development), where students focus on a year-long project. ‘They get practise their money management skills, organisation and project management,’ says school president Dr Mona Rashid Abdul Rahman Al Zayani.
With a new focus every year, in 2011 the programme will look at career development. ‘Students will be teaching one another the various steps involved in applying for work, trying out jobs at stations set up on campus (bank, school, recruitment agency etc), and students can also participate in the set-up of ECE, as well as a mentorship programme by helping one another.’
And it doesn’t stop at ECE either, as Al Hekma students are avid participants in the MUN (Model United Nations) Programme. This year the school has decided to expand and incorporate a new group of young leaders, introducing Junior MUN. This will familiarise them with researching different countries and their role in the international community, public speaking and debate skills.
More info from Al Hekma International School, Adliya (17 620 820; www.alhekma.com)