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The KDSL Global Team hosted a Meet Up for UAE Social Studies Teachers on 20 January at The Workshop in Dubai. Thank you to our partners at Novel Philosophy Academy, The Global Sleepover, MENA Learns, and Sandstruck in the UAE.
KDSL Global, based in the United Arab Emirates and in the United States, is pleased to announce our new fellows. The fellowship will run from January-December 2020 with a focus on writing, leadership, and launching a new education idea.
Abdul-Razak Issah has been teaching for the past 9+ years at the basic schools in Ghana. He is a father of 3 and grew up in Bunkpurugu in the Northern Regions of Ghana. Issah attended Tamale College of Education, where he studied a Diploma in Basic Education and majored in Mathematics and Science. In addition, he also pursued a BBA degree in Accounting in one of the Premier Christian University called Valley View university.
Issah’s first teaching job was at Dakpema MA primary school where he taught maths and science from 2010-2013. He was also the lead teacher for coaching newly posted student teachers from the colleges of education on teaching ethics and student’s rights. He was promoted to the rank of Senior Superintendent II in the year 2013. Then after that, he was transferred from Dakpema MA primary school to Methodist Experimental primary school to teach maths and science. When he started at his current place of work, due to the socio-cultural background of the pupils, Issah realized that the attrition rate for female child was so high and it was as a result of how females are viewed. It has been a great challenge and he is designing a project to bring out some teachers to help address this problem.
Ezirim C. Kennedy JP is a Global Citizen, Justice of Peace, Ambassador for Peace, Humanitarian, Educationist, SDGs Advocate and a Sports Consultant. He is the Founder of Yagazie Foundation, Yagazie Sports and African Coaches League which serves mankind in different ways respectively.
A member of the Alumni Association of Ecole Superieur De Gestion Et De Technologie where he studied International Relations and obtained a Bachelor’s Degree, Kennedy has had leadership roles right from elementary school days onward. He has a passion for leadership and that’s why he took some leadership roles with some local organisations in Nigeria and Africa, such as African Coaches League, Yagazie Foundation, African Youth Leadership & Economic Summit (AYLES) etc. He had some professional trainings with GIZ, British Council, FATE Foundation etc. Kennedy always wants to make an impact and sustained societal development to the people in his jurisdiction or any one he comes in contact with. He also has a passion for peace, leadership, humanity, education, sports, good governance and the execution of projects from the grassroots. Kennedy has organised grassroots education, sports, environmental and peace development program across Nigeria and Africa to help give sustainable resilience to the unreached, underserved and less privileged person from disadvantaged background across Nigeria and other African communities.
The week of February 22-29, 2020 will mark the first annual Dubai Education week. This will be a jam-packed week of activities for educators and education enthusiasts from Dubai as well as visitors to the city from all over the globe.
The United Arab Emirates and Dubai is a hub for innovation in education. During this week there will be several opportunities for visitors to witness first hand all that Dubai and the country’s education industry has to offer.
For more information visit https://dubaieducationweek.com/.
Dallas, Texas, January 6, 2020 – A new international education association focused on the global majority has launched. The Association of International Educators and Leaders of Color (AIELOC) is devoted to amplifying the work of international educators and leaders of color with a focus on advocacy, learning, and research.
“When I started working in education internationally it was rare to connect and see others who looked like me. We want to make sure educators and leaders of color know there is a community to support them,” said AIELOC Founder Kevin Simpson.
Simpson is founder of KDSL Global, a leading learning organization focused on empowering educators and education companies globally. He has served 500+ schools and thousands of educators in 20 countries worldwide. His journey working abroad started in 2005 in Vientiane, Laos. Almost three years ago Simpson set up a Facebook group devoted to sharing opportunities for educators and leaders of color after a highly qualified colleague was discouraged from pursuing a leadership position because her country of origin did not match the expectation.
Last year Simpson’s company researched the race and gender of school leaders at US Department of State Assisted Schools around the world. The findings showed that leaders were mostly white and male. An infographic with more information is found here: https://kdslglobal.wordpress.com/2019/06/14/who-leads-leadership-and-diversity-at-us-department-of-state-assisted-schools/
AIELOC is collaborating with companies around the world whose actions are focused on changing the narrative of who leads in the international education space, such as EDspired, The Global Sleepover, Bhudye Group, The Diversity Collaborative, and Live. Love. Teach!, LLC.
For further information, please contact Kevin Simpson
Tel: +312.478.1695 | email@example.com