Parental Engagement Activities
GEMS believes passionately in showing its parents how important they are if their children are to be a success at school and in life. Research shows that a parent who is actively and consistently engaged in the education of their children can add the equivalent of two to three years of education to a student over his or her school life.
Our parental engagement programme is unique and the highlight of the year is Parental Engagement Week. Exciting activities are planned by every GEMS school in the UAE – activities that will help our parents help their child or teenager to do well.
Our parenting and education expert, Professor Bill Lucas from the UK’s Winchester University will be back with us running a series of free Big Parent Workshops covering ways of parenting which help a child to do better at school and in life.
But as well as all the activity in school and at home, we have invited eminent guest speakers to Dubai and we are giving away thousands of discount voucher books so that parents can have a day out with their children which can help them learn and bond even more closely.
We will also be welcoming Dr Ron Clavier, a highly respected neuroscientist from Canada, to 12 of our schools for free talks. Ron is a specialist in adolescents and teenagers and has broadcast on television. His book “Teen Brain, Teen Mind” helps teenagers and those who work with them to cope with the challenges that can be present in this time big change.
We are also running the GEMS/Entertainer Parental Engagement Competition – A Day to Remember
Using their voucher booklets generously provided by The Entertainer, the region’s discount book company, we are asking our parents to take advantage of opportunities to spend time with their children and learn together. They could, for example, share a pizza and chat with their kids; learn to drum with them if their ears can take it or imagine they are in Dubai when it was a small pearl diving village on a heritage trip to the Bastakiya. These and several other outings are available for a discount price with the booklet.
Then we want them to send into school the best photograph from their outing and tell us why it was A Day to Remember with prizes for the best entries.
Last year in our first ever Parental Engagement Week – around 20,000 of our parents were touched in some way by the events- this year, we think it’s going to be a whole lot more.