Home school Dubai
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07 November 2012
- The UAE FNC (Federal National Council) is proposing legislation that makes education compulsory for all children from the ages of 6 to 18, both Emirati and expatriate. Whether or not home schooling would be regarded as an acceptable educational institute under the new legislation is unknown.
Home schooling in Dubai and UAE
- It is possible to home school your children in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and other emirates in the UAE. Whether or not it is legal is questionable. As best we can tell, it is not illegal, it's more likely something that the UAE Ministry of Education (MOE) just hasn't really considered (or is undecided about). For now, and for expat children.
- Asking whether or not home schooling is legal in the UAE at present (as of 2010) is a bit like asking whether rain in the UAE is legal. It isn't legal or illegal, it just happens.
- Registration (as of 2009) with the MOE is apparently not required for expat children, which makes it simple to start home schooling, but does have consequences that might create difficulties later.
- Double check with the education authority in the emirate in which you live, in case rules have changed, or we've understood things incorrectly.
- Registration of some sort is probably required for Emirati students since they are required to attend school up to age 16 (as far as we know).
- The UAE Ministry of Education does not actively encourage the practice, but does support Emirati parents who homeschool, provided that they follow the UAE national curriculum. - The National 14 November 2009
- For the Ministry of Education, home-schooling seems to mean education for housewives and senior citizens. When I went to the Ministry to register my daughters for home-school services, I was told they were “too young”. And the Ministry doesn't recognise education records from home-schooling programmes not administered in the UAE. In fact, when I asked a Ministry official about it, he told me it was illegal. - The National 07 October 2009
- The Ministry of Education recognises homeschooling, and homeschoolers can choose their own curriculum from catalogues, not use any curriculum, attend virtual schools or enroll for correspondence courses. - Khaleej Times 20 February 2009
- UAE MOE home-schooling curriculum is available to all nationalities, but only in Arabic
- KHDA has an Adult Education and Home Schooling Department at the Administrative Services Unit, manager is Abdul Qadir Al Ameri (Gulf News 27 July 2008).
- Home-schooling is authorised for UAE nationals from grade 6 if the pupil is over 14 years. Home-schooling is open to expats from grade 1, even if the child is in the same age group as other pupils. Home-learners, currently 14,000, can register at the education zone of their emirate and have to pay Dh150, covering book expenses. - Gulf News 27 July 2008
- Home schooling is not recognised in Abu Dhabi by ADEC according to a Khaleej Times report 29 March 2011, quoting Brian Fox, Division Manager for Private School Licensing and Accreditation at ADEC who said "Expat families from Europe and North America are used to that education option, but it's not something that's in our radar right now. It is occurring and ADEC has to address this in future"
Resources and URL links for home schooled students in Dubai and UAE
- Abu Dhabi Home Schooling Association (Abu Dhabi Home Schoolers Association) (ADHSA) - www.abudhabihomeschoolers.org, abudhabi-homeschoolers.blogspot.com, Yahoo Group at groups.yahoo.com/group/International_Students_Homeschooling_in_AbuDhabi_Emirate/, email email@example.com.
- The Acacia Waldorf Initiative - acaciawoodwaldorf.blogspot.com, a blog set up by some families homeschooling in Dubai
- Deutsche Unterricht Dubai (German Education Dubai) - www.deutschunterrichtdubai.com
- www.homeschoolspot.com - online forum for homeschoolers but not much specific to the UAE.
- K12 Dubai (www.k12.com/int/) is an online school education provider, based in the USA, but offers programs internationally. Is apparently recognised by the UAE Ministry of Education which should mean if you sign up with them and then choose to enrol your children at a school in the UAE, the process should be smoother than if they had studied another curriculum (or no curriculum).
- uaehomeschool.wordpress.com - a blog established by home school parents in the UAE with information and more resources
- In The Shade - Abu Dhabi home school group?
- Dubai Home Schoolers Association (DHSA) - home school group in Dubai, email firstname.lastname@example.org, Yahoo! Group at groups.yahoo.com/group/homeschooldubai/
- Northern Emirates Homeschool Association (NEHA) - home school group for Ajman, Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah, Sharjah, Umm Al Quwain. Also includes Dubai? Email email@example.com, website uaehomeschool.wordpress.com/northern-emirates-homeschool-association/, Google Group at groups.google.com/group/northernemirateshomeschoolassociation.
- UAE Muslim Home Schoolers (UMHS) - groups.yahoo.com/group/uaemuslimhomeschooler/
- Online forums specific to the UAE sometimes have comments about home schooling, and are also potential meeting places for other home school parents. For example www.expatwoman.com and www.abudhabiwoman.com.
Difficulties with home schooling in the UAE
- If you change your mind and want to enrol your children in a UAE school recognised by the Ministry of Education, it might be difficult since you will not be able to provide official school transcripts which are usually required for registration. However, some schools might offer a place depending on results of entry assessments.
- Lack of library facilities. There are public libraries but most (or all) resources are in Arabic. There are one or two private libraries. Buying books is expensive.
Advantages of homeschooling
- Fees are as much or as little as you want to pay yourself.
- Hours are as many or as few as you want to schedule.
- You have much more control over what your children learn and when.
- There are no moral conflicts over subject material - you can teach your own kids as much or as little as you like about sex, drugs, rock n roll, and religion.
- You don't have to worry about incompetent or lazy teachers (unless you are incompetent or lazy yourself), or schools that are driven by profit and have no interest in education (of which there appear to be far too many in the UAE).
- The teaching and learning is much more individualised, and students can progress at a rate that suits their learning abilities rather than what is dictated by the school curriculum.
- Children are sheltered from potential peer pressure, bullying, and other negative social forces present in a group environment (some might see this a disadvantage).
- Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi have a large number of facilities which provide real educational value - museums, art galleries, edutainment theme parks, science museum in Sharjah, parks, and so on.
- You and the kids can go shopping with daddy's (or mummy's in some cases) credit card during the day and avoid the crowds.
Disadvantages of home schooling
- For the parents, it's probably going to be much more work than expected preparing activities and lessons, monitoring progress, etc.
- The lack of a structure imposed by an institution means it's possible to start to drift through the education of the children without clear goals and focus.
- The lack of social interaction with peers in a classroom environment, and less opportunity to make friends, although home schooling groups can provide a greater degree of interaction.
- The cost savings are likely to be significant compared to private school fees in the UAE, but you should still budget for some expenses - materials, study and teaching area, and of course your own time and salary potential since presumably at least one parent will not be working.
- Diminished opportunity to participate in team and group activities, both sports, and classroom based. There are of course many clubs in Dubai and the UAE that children can join to get their team player fix.
- Parent has to play a dual role - that of a parent, and that of a teacher.
Last update 27 August 2010
General comments - might not apply to Home school Dubai
- Many popular schools are full for 2017-2018. New schools in Dubai might have places.
- Allow extra for books, extra-curricular activities, uniforms, trips, etc if not included in school fees.