Meet our KDSL Global Intern: Abdul Shakir

KG logo

Abdul Shakir is a sophomore working on his Bachelors in Computer Engineering at the American University of Sharjah. He has been living in the UAE for over 15 years. During the junior and senior years of high school, he was engaged in volunteer services.  Abdul was part of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme (DEAS) where he completed over 50 hours of volunteering service in his school. He loves to travel and has some interest in the aviation industry. In his spare time, he enjoys plane spotting. Abdul has written an article about his travel experiences and it was featured on the Eton website. He is focused on STEM innovations and follows the latest projects from various technology companies. In the future, Abdul will focus on doing effective research in Computer Science and believes that the KDSL Global internship would help him in achieving this goal.

Welcome Abdul to the KDSL Global team!

 

 

 

Meet our KDSL Global Intern – Tanner Lauren Harris

TAnner

Tanner Lauren Harris is a junior at Oregon State University studying accounting and education with a focus on multicultural education. She has over four years of experience working with educational companies, including MidSchoolMath and Imagine Education, developing organizational systems for curriculum, mailing marketing campaigns, assisting in planning of national conferences, and working behind the scenes to complete invoices, payroll, business reimbursements, and other accounting projects. Tanner recently received her Protecting Student and Civil Rights in the Educational Environment Professional Teaching Licensure in preparation to become a substitute teacher. By the end of this internship, Tanner hopes to gain a worldwide understanding of education and increase her global awareness of other cultures.

Meet our KDSL Global Intern – Dalal El Kurdi

Dalal El Kurdi was born in Lebanon but grew up in Bahrain in a household where education was a number one priority. In high school, she was the most hard-working student, but nevertheless, she found time to play on sports teams, hold a constant active role in student government, and participate and host MUN (Model United Nations) and YLC (Young Leaders Conference). She cares greatly about the environment and participated with a colleague in a national activity to promote recycling named “Recycling in School Life” organized by the Gulf Petro-Chemical Industries Company in Bahrain. Their idea was awarded first place. She also received a full scholarship from Microsoft Technology Associates after being tested and receiving a high score to take a course in MTA Windows Operating System Fundamentals program, MTA Networking Fundamentals program, and MTA Security Fundamentals program. Dalal’s fascination with technology began at a young age. She is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Computer Science at the American University of Sharjah. She has taken on several internships in the past couple of years to help apply educational knowledge to real-world situations and perfect her skills in professional settings. She applied to this internship keen to learn new things and broaden her horizon into the educational sector. She hopes to hone her research and writing skills and learn how she can blend what she learns as a KDSL Global Intern with her degree because she is passionate about the future of education with technology.

Moral Education in the United Arab Emirates (UAE)

NYAp2ePM_400x400

Education simply must not mean obtaining a degree or passing a grade with good marks but it should also instill good moral values, ethics, and character. This is exactly what the newly established moral education system in the schools of the United Arab Emirates instills. The Moral Education curriculum will not only build character but also introduce ethical outlook, foster community, and teach culture.

Moral Education is based on these 4 pillars:

  • Character and Morality
  • The Individual and the Community
  • Civic Studies
  • Cultural Studies

Moral Education is an initiative of Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, that was first announced in 2016, piloted in January 2017, and has been implemented in grades 1-9 since September 2017. The first pilot was in 19 schools across the UAE. Schools in the UAE have started implementing moral education lessons within the curriculum and it is said to have been inspired by classes in Japanese schools where pupils are given a chance to think about how different scenarios will affect people around them.

According to Dr. Dsilva, (academician and education expert) moral education is important for today’s Hi-Tech Generation due to the many social influences. On a more international outlook the newly implemented program focuses on “developing student awareness of the shared human experience and making them messengers of the values they embody.” By focusing on a local viewpoint its aim is to “develop responsible, cultured, engaged adults ready for the wider globalized world.”

What are the benefits that come along with implementing a moral education curriculum?

-Humans are known to be social beings and moral education teaches them basic moral values, socializing skills, and good social habits like respecting elders, being honest, learning to share, and being kind. It fosters them into better people. Dr. Dsilva also shared that in the past in her culture children would be under the care of grandparents, uncles, and aunts living together in the same house. This gave them great opportunity to understand moral values such as respecting elders, honesty, truthfulness, caring, and helping each other. However, in today’s fast paced world where parents leave their families to migrate to find a better job or a higher standard of living, their children lose the chance to be with their elderly grandparents and therefore they may lack the chance to learn moral values such as caring for elders.

-Implementing such a system in school years allows students to practice good character with their fellow classmates and friends. Therefore, it is the need of the hour and every school must dedicate some time for imparting such moral values.

-It brings a more socially responsible generation and develops a sense of respect towards mankind. Moral education help to teach the young generation to be honest when there are wrong doings around them.

Dr. Dsilva was asked how she thought moral education would impact youth in the future. She replied that, “In the modern world of technology and artificial intelligence, the new generation at times is going away from values of kindness towards others and toward the environment. Having moral education sessions will invigorate an ecosystem around the youth to act responsibly towards others.”

 

To learn more about Moral Education in the United Arab Emirates please visit https://www.moraleducation.ae/ or follow UAE Moral Education on Twitter https://twitter.com/uaemoraledu.

 

Jenessa Dsilva
KDSL Global Intern
Website: www.kdslglobal.com

Meet our KDSL Global Intern: Kate O’Neil

While obtaining an MBA and working part-time, Kate O’Neil is parlaying her previous digital role experience to interning at KDSL Global. After receiving a B.A. with honors in history from McGill University, she did some graduate work both in Montreal and at Syracuse University. She began traveling as a child, and is an art history enthusiast. After taking on a few internships and jobs as a digital assistant, she began an MBA at UMASS Amherst. She has published in art history and in poetry, but is excited to take this opportunity to do more business focused work.

Meet our summer intern – Radhika Shaw

internship-500x272

As someone who believes education is not restricted to the classroom, Radhika Shaw is always keen to explore and learn. Global in her outlook, Radhika has lived in Bahrain, India, United Kingdom and now the United Arab Emirates. Finishing her year 10 ICSE Board Exam, Radhika decided to expand her horizon to cover new areas. With her good communication and interpersonal skills she decided to join the MUN (Modern United Nations) at her school .  At an early age Radhika was taught that hard work and resilience bred results. While in London, Radhika was always at the forefront of an anti-bullying campaign. She participated in the Princess Diana Anti-Bullying Campaign and was invited to the Princess Diana conference where she interacted with students from different parts of the world . Whilst she was in high school in London, she came first along with her teammates in the STEM Robotics Inter Country Competition. Radhika always tries to help those around her and believes that education is the biggest enabler. This is why she joined the KDSL Global Internship Programme. Radhika used this time efficiently to develop research and management skills which will help her realize her dream of a setting up a successful business in the education sector.

KDSL Global Education Internship – Summer 2017

KDSL Global logo RGB.jpg

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 and email it to Kevin Simpson at KDSL2007@gmail.com. Select candidates will be interviewed. This internship is from late June-August 2017.

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.

KDSL Global Intern Reflection

As a fresh International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma graduate I was seeking a job or perhaps an internship to learn and experience more than just what is presented in textbooks. Kevin Simpson, the Founder of KDSL Global, required an intern over the course of 3 months. Delighted that I had heard of a vacant intern position, I applied. As the company revolves around education and empowering educators, I was asked to write a 250-word essay on the future of education.

During my writing process, I realized that I actually wanted to fulfill the position as the new intern. Despite the fact that I won’t be studying or working in the education field, I thought to myself that it is crucial to really ‘throw yourself out there’ and experience as much as you can.

This internship focused on empowering educators; hence, it gave me the chance to empower myself and push myself beyond the limit. As a virtual internship that relied heavily on writing, research and communication, I was given an opportunity to show my own perspective and interpretations. Not many teenagers are allowed to perceive things through their own eyes due to focused school curriculum. Hence, the writing and research components enabled me to share my opinions through a professional lens that could be applied to a real world setting.

As we live in a dynamic world, it is essential to communicate feverishly with others whether it is in person or via the Internet. After having attended several functions, I was able to quickly learn to effectively communicate with others. As a result, improving my interpersonal skills and professionalism.

The internship at KDSL Global isn’t reliant on having skills—in fact, throughout the course of the internship; I learnt different skills, which are essential in today’s world.

 

 

Kimia Bayat
KDSL Global Intern
Website: www.kdslglobal.com
Twitter: @KDSL07
Facebook: KDSL Global