First News From KHDA's Abundance Project

As the DISB teams finish-up this year's school inspections, the KHDA finally releases the first information on the new Abundance Project, a best-practice sharing option for all schools rated Very Good and Outstanding
First News From KHDA's Abundance Project
By C Hoppe
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The KHDA has published the first information to date on the Abundance Project, launched back in 2016.

Although there is still very little data on just how the project is being rolled-out across Dubai, the new document does offer a glimpse into how some of the schools involved have chosen to implement the new programme.

The Abundance Project was offered to all schools rated Very Good and Outstanding as an alternative to the 2016/17 DISB inspection.

These top schools were then authorised to devise and implement ways to improve the schools rated Acceptable and below.

Today's publication notes that 58 schools have taken part in the programme, 23 of which received assistance from a total of 35 top schools. However, the KHDA is yet to clarify, which top schools have taken part in the pilot-programme.

The KHDA says, “schools in the Abundance Group have formed 40 self-selected teams and work together to devise a programme based on needs, mutual learning and improvement.”

“They participate in regular visits, workshops and discussions, depending on each team’s specific requirements. Some current projects focus on character-building, school leadership, self-evaluation and assessment training, among others.” recently attended a DISB self-evaluation workshop held at JESS- Arabian Ranches and part of the ‘not-for-profit British curriculum schools group,’ members are; Jumeirah English Speaking School (JESS), Dubai English Speaking College (DESC), Dubai College (DC) and Jebel Ali School (JAS).

This group choose to focus on the DISB self-evaluation process and have been running a series of workshops attended by more than 200 teachers from 23 schools.

Each school is hosting a series of best-practice workshops, covering different aspects of the self-evaluation process. 

Neena Ravindra, head of Middle School at Arab Unity School and a participant in the workshops, said, “I believe this project is a very smart approach to connect our minds, and to share and use the abundant knowledge, skills and talents of schools in Dubai. The most significant lesson my school has learned is of the need to have a clear and united vision of what we are working towards, and to do that collaboratively across all levels. After all, teachers are also learners.”

Dr Abdulla Al Karam, director general of the KHDA said, “research shows that what works best to improve teaching and learning across a whole education sector is collaboration between schools and teachers.”


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