10 to know in education in the UAE in 2017

In celebration of ten years serving the global education community we are highlighting ten to know in education in the UAE (United Arab Emirates) in 2017. The UAE was selected since the founder has been based here the majority of the last ten years. Each person will be shared throughout this year. Our second person to know is ArabBaba.

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I’m not your typical ArabBaba (Baba is Arabic for Dad/Father/Pop or whatever else you might call it). But I am, ArabBaba. I’m a proud dad to 2 beautiful and crazy little girls Saffiya and Mackenzie (and I’m married to their even crazier mom).

We live in Dubai (the luxury sandbox of the Middle East!). And, I’m here to share my experiences as a stay-at-home Baba in a part of the world where it’s just not ‘the thing to do’. My wife and I made the choice years ago that if we were having kids, we were raising them – not someone else. My credentials?  I’m a teacher by education and experience.  My most recent experience has been involved in Health & Safety & Security for the last many years.  But, my Baba credentials are what I feel is the best thing about any CV. And, since my time in the UAE, I have partnered up with KHDA, Teach Middle East Magazine, #RMRUAE as well as various blogs and websites as contributors, freelance consulting and content writing as well as being interviewed by DubaiEye twice, featured in Gulf News and The National and many, many more things.

I keep my balance by sharing my views on parenting, children, education and being a Stay-At-Home-Baba. It was and is a difficult choice. But, my view has not changed. I’m able to spend time watching my girls grow, having play dates, being the ‘odd man out’ (literally) at “Mommy Coffee Mornings” at Starbucks, getting really weird looks from men as I haul around a pink flowered diaper bag, chase one daughter, feed the other and still manage to actually maintain my friendships with adults (at least on the phone).

I have seen their ‘firsts’. I have had them cry, need me, hug me, ‘body slam’ me, vomit on me and hug me like there is nothing else in this world that would ever be any better. I wouldn’t change a second of the last 6 years (well, maybe 1 or 2 seconds…. especially if vomit was involved). And, I look forward to continuing to be the influence my girls need for as long as I can.

As an Arab man, I have pushed the envelope, been criticized (by family, friends, our cats, the public and even government employees) and have sacrificed because I believe in being a father first. This is my story and I hope you want to join along for the ride.

This is meant to shed light on a choice that should not be taboo and that we should embrace. I’m ArabBaba and I’m here to promote fun, trials and tribulations, ask for advice, offer my thoughts and maybe show a few people out there that we are not that bad and that we, as fathers, do want to be involved and should be. Along the way, I hope a few Arab Baba’s will join in the opportunities more and more to influence our children for a better future.


(Mostafa Hassan)
Twitter:  @ArabBabaThatsMe
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Facebook:  ArabBaba.org
Instagram:   ArabBaba ThatsMe


“The ups, downs and sideways of being an Arab stay-at-home Baba.
Arab Dads can rock it too!”

Kevin Simpson shortlisted for GESS Education Awards

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We are happy to announce that Kevin Simpson, KDSL Global Founder, has been shortlisted as a GESS Education Awards Finalist 2017 in the category of Outstanding Contribution to Education.

What are the Awards?

The awards highlight and reward the quality and diversity of educational products, resources, services and people as well as the best educational establishments and the most dedicated members of the teaching profession. The GESS Education Awards aim to encourage the raising of educational services & product standards throughout the industry and aims to be recognised throughout the sector as the accolade of excellence.


For a complete list of all awards and finalists please visit http://www.gessawards.com/gess-education-awards-2017-finalists.



Introducing KDSL Global Intern – Matthew Diprose

On the cusp of graduating from the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, Matthew Diprose is using this part of his school life to gain practical experience before university. A creative and dedicated intellectual student, Matthew grew up learning that effort and time bred results, but practical experience is as important to learning as any textbook. He is taking the opportunity presented to him to broaden his understanding of the world before heading to university. Matthew has always enjoyed volunteering whether this is marshalling for the Dubai rugby sevens, assisting with conferences such as the MENA Teacher Summit, helping make presentations for in school clubs or working on student films, Matthew does what he can for those around him.Matthew is enthusiastic about learning and as such, is focused on gaining greater experience and knowledge for when he faces university and beyond. He wants to use this time to improve his management and efficiency skills for future endeavours.

BBD Education

BBD.pngKDSL Global is a partner with BBD Education, an education management company and consultancy in the United Arab Emirate. They support, advise and guide investors, developers, school operators, school leaders and regulators in the Middle East. They operate in Egypt,  India, Lebanon, Turkey, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Oman and Kuwait.

VISIT http://bbdeducation.com/our-partners/ 

10 to know in education in the UAE in 2017

In celebration of ten years serving the global education community we are highlighting ten to know in education in the UAE (United Arab Emirates) in 2017. The UAE was selected since the founder has been based here the majority of the last ten years. Each person will be shared throughout this year. Our first person to know is Steve Bambury.


Steve Bambury has lived and worked in Dubai for nine years. He is Head of Digital Learning and Innovation across JESS and the founder of the award-winning iPad Educators website. Steve is an Apple Distinguished Educator, a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert and a global ambassador for Book Creator, Nearpod and Seesaw. He also recently became one of 50 Global Minecraft Mentors. He is a two time winner of the GESS Award for Best Use of ICT and has presented at various events across the MENA region as well as delivering remote CPD for organisations including The University of Southern California, The British School of Caracas and many more.
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KDSL Global is a USA and UAE-based leading learning organization focused on empowering educators and education businesses globally. To find out more information visit http://www.kdslglobal.com.


Middle East Maths Teachers Conference


The inaugural Middle East Maths Teachers Conference brings together mathematics educators from all over the region, with the main aim of advancing the Teaching and learning of Mathematics in middle east classrooms.

Focus Areas:

  • Student Engagement & High Impact Mathematics Teaching Practices
  • Engaging Students: Technology Inside and Outside the mathematics Classroom
  • Creating Quality Learning Environments
  • Diverse Students & Learning Strategies
  • Forging links between mathematics departments across schools
  • Formation of professional networks for the continued sharing of good practice and much more.

For more information visit http://www.middleeastmaths.com/.