Star International School Al Twar collaborates with a Zanzibar School to empower students and teachers through education technology

The educational institution has begun its first collaboration with a school abroad and is proud to be working with Creative Education Foundation Zanzibar (CEFZ) to empower its school with technology that will help its students soar


Dubai, United Arab Emirates—In an effort to enhance education for schools abroad, Star International School Al Twar partners with Steiner school Creative Education Foundation Zanzibar (CEFZ) to help improve its curriculum through technology. SIS Al Twar’s vision is to nurture and inspire students to reach their full potential, and as a result of its recent visit to Zanzibar during spring break of 2021, the school made its choice to collaborate with CEFZ to execute its vision.

Education is power, and at SIS Al Twar students and faculty recognize this as the first step for the improvement of quality of life. Living in Dubai, the students of SIS Al Twar are aware that their quality of education and life have brought them to heights not everyone can reach, and to extend a helping hand, the students have connected with CEFZ to pass on their knowledge. In the last academic year, CEFZ’s Principal Judi Palmer visited SIS Al Twar, where she toured the facilities, met with students, and expressed her interest to bring such a rich learning environment to Zanzibar. Inspired by this idea, SIS Al Twar decided to promote positive change in their communities and the wider world. 

SIS Al Twar uses STEM in its curriculum paired with a number of other resources that have helped the school excel in educating students, and now the knowledge will be passed on to further help students around the world, beginning in Zanzibar. To support CEFZ with its education, SIS Al Twar is using its technology to empower the teachers and children alike. This unique partnership is the creation of the Head of Foundation Stage and Primary, Ms. Claire Gilmore, who from initiation to execution, has planned every detail with her students to make this project come to fruition. Knowledge and technology are powerful tools that are at the disposal of SIS Al Twar, and are being used to support CEFZ.

The schools held a first virtual assembly on April 15th, a magnificent experience for both schools, and the first time the students at CEFZ had received a zoom call. The student council of Star International created a welcome video for the Zanzibar students to watch and learn about Star, and now the schools will have weekly zoom meetings where each school will continue to learn from each other. Primary student council members have written scripts and created films showing all the different areas of the school, while a number of Secondary students have created step-by-step ‘How To’ videos that teachers will be able to reference and incorporate into their teaching methodologies. 

While breaking barriers, building bridges, and using technology to empower others, SIS Al Twar students also benefit by learning how to become global citizens. “Our children are eager to make contact with the students in Zanzibar to understand their culture and what their school days look like,” said Principal Dolly. “They know that education leads to a better quality of life, and living in Dubai, our students realise they are privileged. The hope of our students is to lend a helping hand to CEFZ, and through an Enterprise Day led by the children and with the resources they are offering the school, they are sure to help these students with their learning. But now, based on the principle of 'teach a man to fish', our plans are on a grander scale! Vice Principal Kyle Knott visited the Zanzibar school during Spring Break and had the pleasure of meeting the schools' director, headmistress and students, where he was able to take part in a range of Steiner-based lessons such as 'movement' and 'crafts'. While on his trip, Kyle and the Zanzibar School director, Judi, discussed how both schools can work together to further support the development of all students across both schools.”

More than a school, Star International Al Twar is a community for families and its faculty members. With the enrollment of about 500 students from over 43 nationalities, staff are able to provide students with a personalized learning experience through a holistic approach, which ensures the curriculum is adapted to meet the needs of its students for academic and vocational pathways. Star Al Twar’s foundation is built on nine qualities which the community prides itself on: success, tolerance, ambition, resilience, loyalty, inclusivity, gratefulness, honesty, and thoughtfulness. These qualities are cultivated in all of Star Al Twar’s students and are used to aid students’ personal and social development. Above all, Star Al Twar is highly committed to inclusion and their motto stating that “no child gets left behind.” 

Furthermore, Star International School Al Twar is a family-oriented school with faculty and staff working alongside parents and the wider community to offer its children the best opportunities it possibly can. Placing an emphasis on happiness, positivity, and the well-being of its pupils and their academic careers, Star Al Twar looks forward to welcoming students through its doors throughout the year.

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