We have all been hearing and reading about how our current young generation lack knowledge because they do not read. Abedeen students have reading time. There are times they are taken to the library to do some reading. During these times, they are allowed to ask their teacher for meaning, pronunciation, etc. At other times, the teacher would read them stories. It is part of our effort to create a future generation of leaders who read.
‘Teacher! I know how to change my clothes!!!!!’
Yes, with multiple exclamation marks because this student was ecstatic that she had mastered a new skill: Dressing up on her own.
The first 2 weeks was a struggle for her. Granted, as a 7 year old, mom and dad would always help her get dressed up. So when she had to get herself changed from school clothes to PE clothes, vice versa, she got very frustrated, and would end up crying to vent her frustrations out.
Over the past few days, I have had the chance to speak to several parents and I was enlightened by a consistent comment.
“My daughter/son has become more confident and has become more matured.”
“My child used be cry over small things. That has stopped since coming to Abedeen.”
Their children learned to grow up. As I was further chatting with the parents, we discovered that giving them a responsibility was the motivation. They were excited. They wanted to voice their ideas. They wanted to prove themselves.
Albert Einstein’s quote that play is the highest form of research is true in every sense. Many times here at Abedeen, we have witnessed the beauty of students learning through doing, and more importantly, having fun while they are at it.
Tough roads lead to beautiful places. This is the quote I keep in mind whenever I face any challenge. Every distance must have an ending. And so every challenge has a solution.
Abedeen welcomed another Year 7 student this week. They are from a neighbouring country. His father is here completing his PhD at a local university. The uniqueness of this family is that his parents took him to visit several international schools around their vicinity. And at the end of the visits, they gave full power to their son to choose the school he liked most. He chose Abedeen Academy.