Emperia Foundation goes on a Little Voyage


The role of education in low-income countries has never been more important yet many countries with a large population and low GDP are struggling to send their children to school. In order to truly combat poverty continuing down the generations, it is vital that this generation of children should have access to high-quality education.

There are many non-profit organizations focused on the educational needs of children in developing countries. Emperia Foundation is one such non-profit, started up by Emma Ponsonby. After a trip to Nepal in 2014, Emma discovered that there was a gap in education provision in Nepal. Whilst visiting Springdale School in Nepal, she came to realize that ‘many children were eager to learn, they had such a different attitude to education than what I was used to.’ As a result, Emma partnered with Springdale School in Nepal due to the ‘high degree of integrity and commitment the school board had in order to prepare the students for the world that’s in front of them.’

Unlike many other educational charitable organizations, Emperia Foundation believes that education does not only revolve around traditional subjects such as mathematics and English. In fact, the organization’s vision is to revolutionize learning. They believe that ‘children should be learning things like human nature, cultural integration, financial management, circumstantial adaptation, and how to leverage and understand technology.’

After a successful two years of planning and preparation in partnership with other organizations and volunteers, by the end of this month Emperia Foundation aims to fund education for up to 500 students. Following on from this triumph, Emma Ponsonby is launching a new start-up called Little Voyage. This organization ‘explores experiential travel as a means of communication – people are able to connect with the world and have meaningful experiences in life.’ Every trip booked through Little Voyage contributes in making a positive difference in the world, starting with Springdale School in Nepal.

To make a difference, please donate here: https://www.generosity.com/education-fundraising/2017-springdale-school-nepal-student-sponsorships

KDSL Global Teacher Fellow: C. Monique Childress


Monique Childress has been in the education field for 13 years and enjoys incorporating technology within her lessons. Currently, she is working as a teacher in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.  Monique enjoys assisting KDSL Global with their conferences and events and has been since 2013. As a volunteer teacher fellow, she will collaborate with the team to develop innovative programs and materials and contribute to professional learning opportunities. Monique has been involved in many KDSL Global initiatives such as Cognitive Coaching and she has hosted Real Men Read UAE literacy volunteers in her classroom. C. Monique Childress received her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Tuskegee University in the United States of America. Monique has been working on her Master’s from Troy University in Adult Education with a concentration of Instructional Technology.

KDSL Global Statement


Dear all,

KDSL Global has collaborated with hundreds of organizations and thousands of educators in 20+ countries. Our vision is to be the leading learning organization focused on empowering educators and education businesses globally.  We continue to expand our reach in the education sector. In addition to being set up in the USA we set up in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on 6 September 2016 with Creative City (Trade License no. 9279/2016). You can find our press release here: https://kdslglobal.wordpress.com/2016/10/04/launch-of-educational-consultancy-with-international-reach-kdsl-global/.

We look forward to forging ahead into the future with all of our thought partners in the USA, MENA region, and beyond to ensure excellence in education around the world!


Best Regards,

Kevin Simpson

ArabiCollege – Learn a New Language


The acquisition of knowledge is crucial as it leads to a successful future. Learning a new language is particularly important as it breaks language barriers. In a world of diversity, it is important to know as many languages as possible in order to understand one another.

The acquisition of a new language improves our intellectual development – serving as a means of social interaction between people. It is used as a tool to solve problems in an evolving and diverse world. With this in mind, Mohammed Bamatraf made a strategic decision to open ArabiCollege, an online platform which allows students to learn Arabic via virtual online courses.

Bamatraf states: ‘I found that there was a gap between the supply and the demand of the Arabic language – expats want to learn Arabic as they live in an Arab country and kids want to learn it in school. However, there aren’t sufficient resources and it can be very expensive.’ As a result, ArabiCollege was introduced to teach Arabic to children and adults, around the clock.

Despite ArabiCollege’s success, there are always challenges when starting a company. Nine years ago, technology wasn’t as advanced as it is today and many people did not believe in learning via online courses. Even though ArabiCollege uses one-on-one interactive videos, there was an assumption that pre-recorded videos were used. Bamatraf now encourages his clients to trial a free class in order to fully understand the concept of ArabiCollege.

Learning a new language is vital. Bamatraf agrees, ‘Learning new languages can really benefit students in different ways. It can boost their memory, help their critical thinking and generally benefit them in the real world.’

If you want to learn Arabic in the convenience of your own home, make sure you check out http://arabicollege.com



Kimia Bayat
KDSL Global Intern
Website: www.kdslglobal.com
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KDSL Global Education Internship – Spring 2017

KDSL Global, based in the United Arab Emirates, is looking to provide internships throughout the year. We are a leading learning organization focused on empowering educators and education businesses globally. The internship will be diverse and challenging. Responsibilities will include:

  1. Research. Primary topics of interest for KDSL Global are: school development, global learning, innovation, American curriculum, instruction, assessment, professional learning, teacher quality, standards, and technology. KDSL Global is seeking an intern with experience and interest in the education field who can perform high-quality research and write clearly. Research tasks would include crafting weekly reports using a wide range of sources.
  2. Writing. KDSL Global is devoted to sharing and collaborating with K-12 education stakeholders worldwide. This is done via the KDSL Global Facebook, Twitter, website, and newsletter. A KDSL Global intern would have the opportunity to contribute to these various marketing and media sources.
  3. Leadership. There are many opportunities to learn and expand leadership skills within the organization. KDSL Global has embarked on organizing conferences and forums focused on the American curriculum in the MENA region.

KDSL Global seeks a resourceful, intelligent, detail-oriented, hard-working individual who is capable of excelling in an intellectually stimulating work environment. Research experience is desired, strong writing skills a must and Internet experience greatly welcome. The time commitment is 5 hours virtually a week for this unpaid internship. Please browse the KDSL Global website at www.kdslglobal.com for more information about the organization.


Individuals interested in a KDSL Global internship should send a CV and a 250 word writing sample about the future of education to Kevin Simpson- KDSL2007@gmail.com by 25 November. This internship is from December 2016-May 2017.

Global Education Conference


KDSL Global is pleased to serve as a partner for the seventh annual Global Education Conference. This is a free week-long online event bringing together educators and innovators from around the world, will be held Sunday, November 13 through Wednesday, November 16, 2016 (November 17th in some time zones). The entire virtual conference will be held online using the Blackboard Collaborate platform.
The conference seeks to present ideas, examples, and projects related to connecting educators and classrooms with a strong emphasis on promoting global awareness, fostering global competency, and inspiring action towards solving real–world problems. Through this event, it is our hope that attendees will challenge themselves and others to become more active citizens of the world. Let us learn, question, create, and engage in meaningful, authentic opportunities within a global context!

The Global Education Conference is a collaborative, inclusive, world-wide community initiative involving students, educators, and organizations at all levels. It is designed to significantly increase opportunities for building education-related connections around the globe while supporting cultural awareness and recognition of diversity.

For more information please visit http://www.globaleducationconference.com/.