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What Have We Learned? New Publications

With an increasing emphasis on youth development and employability in the Middle East, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has made a substantial effort to reform its public education sector. This policy paper explores the history of curriculum development in the UAE, the role of various agencies, ministries, and current initiatives as well as the challenges and possibilities that lie ahead on the road of reform. It concludes with recommendations for policymakers relating to sustainable curriculum reforms.  Read More

The Status of Teaching and Teacher Professional Satisfaction in the United Arab Emirates

This paper examines teacher satisfaction in the United Arab Emirates. It looks at the overall level of professional satisfaction among teachers in Abu Dhabi using data from the OECD's 2013 Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS). It finds that there is a significant gap in overall teacher satisfaction that is driven by higher rates of satisfaction among expatriate teachers than Emirati teachers. It also finds the perceived value of the teaching profession is a statistically significant predictor of teachers' professional satisfaction and investigates the reasons for this satisfaction gap further.   Read More

This book chapter highlights the findings from a mixed-methods comparative study examining the status of Arab migrant teachers, who are critical players in the public education systems of many GCC countries, through both an educational and institutional lens. Surveys and interviews were used to explore employment experiences and social integration of Arab teachers in the United Arab Emirates and Qatar. In addition to identifying the motivations for migration, the study found the majority of Arab migrant teachers come to the Gulf with the intention of living and working for significant periods of time. Examining issues such as how the uncertain employment conditions for expatriate Arab teachers manifest in their commitment to teaching, the chapter concludes by providing policy recommendations for improving the conditions and output of Arab migrant teachers in the two countries.  Read More

This September will mark the fifth year of the Al Qasimi Foundation's continuing education courses for inmates at the Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) Correctional Facility. The courses are part of the RAK Prison Project, which seeks to prepare inmates for life after prison. The Foundation's work with the prison began in 2011 when it created a library for male inmates. A year later, it began offering continuing education courses to help inmates improve their literacy, develop marketable skills, and restore their self-esteem.  Read More
Announcements

Listen to our experts and visiting scholars discuss their research and what it means for Ras Al Khaimah, the UAE, and beyond on the Foundation's new podcast channel. Topics covered include Majlis event presentations and research related to the Foundation's priority areas: education, public health, community development, and arts and culture.

The Ras Al Khaimah Fine Arts Festival (RAKFAF) Film Grant provides modest start-up funding (25,000 AED) to create short documentaries on topics relevant to the United Arab Emirates and broader Gulf region. Films produced through the RAKFAF Film Grant are screened at the festival the following year. Applications will be accepted until July 10th. 

The Inaugural Symposium on "Philanthropy in Education: Global Trends, Regional Differences and Diverse Perspectives" will be held on 22nd-24th November 2017 at the Maison de la Paix in Geneva.  The symposium is part of the Philanthropy in Education Series and is co-sponsored by NORRAG, the Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research , the Open Society Foundations and the Graduate Institute, Geneva .
In the Headlines 

Recent research by the Al Qasimi Foundation emphasized the importance of art, music and PE in creating well-rounded students. With growing pressure to do well on assessments, students and teachers are prioritizing tests and passive learning. Education policymakers should work to alleviate this pressure, helping students and teachers maintain a balance between learning and assessments.  Read More


The high unemployment rates in the Arab region are well documented. Despite high levels of enrollment, instruction quality is poor. With low oil prices, the public sector isn't hiring and with the high expatriate population, the competition to find private sector jobs excludes all but the best foreign-educated local. With students facing final exams, what should they do next? Continue to study or find a job?  Read More

 
Over the past decade, the number of foundations and nonprofits in the Gulf region has exploded, up from just a handful to dozens of organizations, ranging from development funds to specific issue-focused family philanthropies. Often modeled on Western foundations, but drawing on a culture of generous giving, these organizations will be a powerful force in the Middle East's development for years to come. 
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The Basket of Giving initiative launched by the Ras Al Khaimah Police General Headquarters has resulted in the release of some 31 physically disabled inmates. This has been part of a multi-organizational effort to provide supportive programing to inmates. Initiatives include continuing education courses and the building of a library by the Al Qasimi Foundation. 
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Tips & Tricks

Teacher professional development is essential for transforming teaching and learning. It keeps teachers up-to-date on advances in education research, effective practices, and resources. It also directly affects all aspects of schooling, such as student outcomes, teacher satisfaction and retention, and school culture.   Read More
We're Intrigued: Resources with Relevance

What happens in school is key to understanding students physical and mental health and the aspirations they have for their future. PISA 2015 Results: Students' Well-Being explores well-being indicators for adolescents that covers both negative outcomes (e.g. anxiety, low performance) and the positive impulses that promote healthy development (e.g. interest, engagement, motivation to achieve).  Read More
 
Systems analysts believe in "leverage points." These are places within a complex system (i.e., a corporation, school, economy, living body, city, or ecosystem) where a small shift in one thing can produce big changes in everything. This article identifies key leverage points to consider that will help you think more broadly about creating system changes regardless of your sector.  Read More


To begin thinking differently about the ways we create, plan, and experience urban life, governments at all levels must recognize the formation of public spaces and places as the core incremental process of city-making. Given its power to achieve multiple outcomes quickly and effectively, Placemaking and place-led governance need to be fundamental components in this new urban agenda.  Read More
 
Creativity is widely believed to be one of the greatest factors to entrepreneurial success. Yet many educational and government institutions have failed to keep up with the times. Intelligence is valued higher than creativity, in part because it is easier to quantify. Creative problem solving helps create better solutions that can speed up the adoption of ideas. Hence the importance of arts education.  Read More
 
The concept of "saturation" - the point when incoming data produce little new information - is the standard by which sample sizes for qualitative inquiry are determined. But saturation can be determined only during or after data analysis. Researchers had to rely on rules of thumb to estimate how many qualitative data collection events they needed for a study. Not anymore.  Read More
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To aid in the social, cultural, and economic development of Ras Al Khaimah and the United Arab Emirates through high-quality policy research, strategic capacity development, and purposeful community engagement.
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