Academy Academy Description ADEK Rating Curricula Location
Al Ain Academy

Primary & Secondary, Mixed

Very Good With Outstanding Features English National Curriculum Al Ain
Al Bateen Academy

Secondary, Mixed

Outstanding English National Curriculum,IB Diploma Programme Abu Dhabi
Al Mamoura Academy

Primary Mixed / Secondary Girls Only

Good With Very Good Features English National Curriculum Abu Dhabi
Al Muna Academy

Primary, Mixed

Outstanding English National Curriculum Abu Dhabi
Al Yasmina Academy

Primary & Secondary, Mixed

Very Good With Outstanding Features English National Curriculum Abu Dhabi
The Pearl Academy

Primary, Mixed

Very Good With Outstanding Features English National Curriculum Abu Dhabi
West Yas Academy

Primary Mixed / Secondary Segregated 

Good American Massachusetts State Curriculum Abu Dhabi
Al Forsan Nursery

Nursery Mixed

Not Applicable English National Curriculum Abu Dhabi

'Awesome' - That's how one Grade 9 pupil at Al Ain International School Summed up Khaled Al Ameri's Visit to her school last month.

Emirati, Khaled Al Ameri, a Master of Business Administration graduate from Standord University, was in the news recently when he announced he was taking unpaid leave from his job as an Assistant Manager with Mubadala to become a school teacher.

The 31 - year old's announcement created much interest in the media and on social networks. Praise even came form His Highness Sheikh Abdulla Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the UAE Minister of Foreign Arrairs.

When Chris Nourse, Al Ain International School's Principal read bout Khalid, he too was full of admiration and contacted him 'speculatively'. "I was impressed by his action and emailed him, saying it would be motivational and inspirational for our students, who are currently considering GCSE Options, to meet and listen to someone like him," Chris explained.

He was delighted when Khalid replied with a phone call! "We had a chat with Khalid said he would come to Al Ain personally. Ti was only then that I told the students and they were very excited," said Chris.

Khalid and his wife Salama drove form Abu Dhabi on February 5 and spent time meeting the staff and talking with the Grade 9 students who were on the edge of their seats, hanging on his every word.

For 14 year old Mohammed Al Daheri, the experience was memorable: "It was as if Khalid was talking to me personally and I really need to think seriously now about what he said, in relation to how I shape my future."

Hanna Johansson said: "He was so inspiring and his visit has made such a difference to me."

Said Pboebe Gale: "We're choosing our GCSE Options now and the visit was very timely. The advice he gave us was inspiring and sensible."

And it was Shamma Al Kabi who uttered the meaningful word of "Awesome" which we mentioned in our intro to this story!

Oasis Living also had the opportunity to speak to Khalid during his visit. When asked what had made him decide to turn his back on his corporate career to become a teacher, he answered: "I felt I had done a great job so far and I have lots of energy".

"I was inspired by the new slogan 'Teach for the UAE', announced by Dr Amal Qubaisi, Director General of Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC). I though, 'I need to do that' - it was my way to give back to my country, and set an example."

Before making any decision, Khaled first talked to his wife. "I Knew it would impact my family, especially as I chose to take unpaid leave from Mubadala to teach. We talked it through - budgets, sacrifices we may have to make, and so on - but she was firmly behind me,"
Khalid explained.

Khalid, who is also a columnist for The National, and for Sharjah-based Guldf Today newspaper, loves to use the written word to project his thoughts and feelings. It was his interest in writing, working with young people and his enthusiasm to move into a different realm that has inspired him to write to ADEC offering his services.

When asked about the people who have inspired him during his own educational journey, he said two professors at Stanford particularly stood out and he has looked at them as role models for his future in teaching. "I've never been particularly good at maths, but I had to take a finance course as part of my business studies. My professor was passionate and he made me learn with a different mindset.

"I believe that education is about being able to bring your passion into the classroom and instilling that in a student working outside the text book philosophy."

His accountancy professor also inspired him. "He transferred his energy and I saw things in a different light. He followed up with us to make sure we were happy that's the thing, teachers don't always ask if their students are 'happy'.

The road ahead will be challenging bu tKhalid is prepared for any inevitability: "This is about setting a new narrative, and changing mentalities about the teaching profession here," he said.

"We need to have more Emiratis involved in teaching our Children and if I can make difference, then I will have achieved. I'm interested in coaching and mentoring young people and would like to form a network of other Emiratis who could join me."

Reflecting on the visit, Chris Nourse said: "It was very generous of Khalid to take time out to visit us here at AAIS. His visit certainly inspired our students and we hope it will be the beginning of a long term friendship."