A student from Delhi Private School has enrolled in the flexible Rahhal project.
Vishal Nankani experiences learning difficulty and has opted for open schooling. He was put on the Rahhal Project in the school wherein he is allowed to attend part time for his emotional-social well-being and use the rest of the time to meet the requirement of the programme by National Institute of Open School -Senior Secondary Course for Grade 12
Vishal is benefitting from the flexible and sympathetic handling at school with individual attention and encouragement resulting into increased levels of self- esteem and participation.
DPS head expects this to be a catalyst for more. Rashmi Nandkeolyar, Principal of DPS Dubai said:
“Rahhal is a groundbreaking and visionary scheme from the KHDA which empowers every student to find their personalised learning path. Education research increasingly suggests that students find their rhythm in different ways and later on become productive and fulfilled citizens. We expect many more students to opt for Rahhal now that the ice is broken.”
Three students joined the pilot Rahhal programme from Indian High School in April this year.
The project is a "flexible and accessible education model providing knowledge, skills and experiences to the community at any age".
Under the Rahhal system, according to the KHDA, even hobbies would be considered legitimate learning - as valid as traditional examinations.
KHDA is encouraging students and schools to customise learning experiences for individual learners and extend learning beyond classrooms. Hind Al Mualla, Chief of Creativity, Happiness & Innovation at KHDA said:
“Each student has a different way of learning and through Rahhal we are creating new experiences – for both schools and students. We recognise the needs of our students and find new opportunities to see how students with unique learning needs can be supported. Recognising out-of-school learning is a big step towards the future and every Rahhal student presents a unique story. We will see more students transform into Rahhal learners over the coming months as the programme extends to more schools in Dubai.”