Dubai, United Arab Emirates – Al Ittihad National Private School (INPS) in Abu Dhabi announces its partnership with MDS Apple Practice, an Apple Authorised Education Specialist in the UAE to revolutionize the learning and teaching experience for students and teachers alike. The partnership highlights Al Ittihad National Private School as an Apple Distinguished School, applying Apple technology as a learning tool to build a generation ready to take on the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

The inclusion of iPads allows INPS to build a connected environment for students and teachers, coupled with easy access to digital textbooks, enrichment programs, and easier communication with educators. Students are also able to work together much more efficiently and can build on each other’s ideas through collaborative apps such as Keynote.

The partnership is also crucial in helping overcome the learning gap between boys and girls that is observed in most schools.

“In every region of the world, and in almost every country, underachievement in boys is a major challenge,” said Ms. Ghazwa Mohammed, Vice Principal at INPS. “Our school was no different and the gender gap was wide. Our action research program strongly indicates that today our boys have deeper learning experiences, and this had had a direct impact on their achievement. This is largely thanks to iPad through the support of our technology partners and the support of our teachers.”

Ms. Hanan Hassan, Instructional Technology Manager at INPS said, “Our school and our strong Emirati culture empowers us to focus on preserving the UAE National heritage and promoting the students' national identity. It was important to come up with a strong technology vision that encourages and enables everyone to be part of this change from parents to leadership, from teachers to students. "Kellina Negdar," which means "We all can" in Emirati dialect, is our technology vision that motivates the feeling of ownership and responsibility within the community.”

“As an Apple Education Specialist partner, we understand that this journey starts with the teachers,” commented George El Habel, Apple Practice Lead – MDS Computers. “We help teachers stay current with new pedagogy, instructional design, and technology through a multi-layered approach to professional development. We believe that ongoing professional learning is the foundation for improving instructional practice.”

The newly introduced iPads will allow INPS to use Apple technologies and apps for the greater good of learning and take a proactive approach to equip students with the skills and competencies needed for the future. Through this partnership, INPS is actively shaping a generation that is poised to embrace the challenges and opportunities of the Fourth Industrial Revolution with confidence and competence.

About Al Ittihad National Private School, Abu Dhabi

Guided by our vision, “A Generation of Heritage Guardians and Global Thinkers”, Al Ittihad National Private School of Abu Dhabi (INPS-AD) strives to promote the UAE unique culture and embraces a global perspective as we prepare our students to become local and global citizens. The INPS-AD aims at fostering a high standard of bilingual comprehensive education from Kindergarten through Grade 12 to meet and integrate both national and international standards. INPS- AD curriculum provides the students with the knowledge, skills and dispositions harmoniously balanced with the School’s and the UAE vision.

About MDS Apple Practice

For the past 15 years, MDS has been successfully deploying Apple’s innovative products and technologies to over 300 happy customers. We are an Apple Authorised Enterprise Reseller and an Apple Authorised Education Specialist in the UAE. This means that our working practices are subject to regular Apple quality control, to ensure that we maintain the highest standards of customer service and care. MDS is a part of MidEast Data Systems UAE (MDS UAE), an umbrella organization with 35 years of experience and more than 24 entities operating in the Emirates. MDS UAE, in turn, is part of the dynamic international Holding Midis Group.