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Expatriate New Schooling

- Gulf migrants till about the 1990s viewed gulf as a place to make money and go back. Schooling for the expatriates in the gulf used to rhymed with this understanding. Schools had been understood only as places where classes were held. "Go, attend the class and leave after that" was the practice". But after the 1990s, gulf countries have become places for many migrants to live with their families. Gulf countries have become places to be. But schooling predominantly continues in the old mode. So thinking of schools where children not only learn the prescribed curriculum but also acquire knowledge and exposure from the surroundings could be argued a necessity of the time.

- Due to reasons ranging from busy parents to hostile weather conditions, the only round-the-year social space accessible for the expatriate children now is the mall. Their lives otherwise are restricted to their place of residence. Though some of them go for tuitions, it is also in a house which is again very restricted. Middle class children don"t get any space outside the school teaching hours, tuition classes and their own places of residence. This casts a people as consumers, which has many social issues. As most middle class expatriates are connected to schools in one way or the other, rethinking school as a social space through academic and extra curricular activities could be a proactive step in this situation.

- Connecting lives has not been as easy as it is today. The seamless connection networks that information revolution opened up have not been adequately utilised by the schooling mechanisms. The four stake holders of a school, teachers, students, parents and the management members can create an online community with the mission of growing together through knowledge.

- Fascinating in promises but limiting in its realization: that has been the case with educational experiments. They almost never evaluate the existing learning and teaching systems for their positives and negatives. Mostly ideas remain at the level of romanticised notions due to lack of substantial stock taking, disconnect between educational academe and established educational networks, and due to over commercialisation.

- The economics of education allowed the rich to get around all these issues but a creative, adventurous team with proper investment in research could get the features and facilities available for the middle class as well. The School will then become financially viable due to the numbers involved in student intake


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