Dubai: With a string of new schools being launched in Dubailand, a dedicated neighbourhood Education Fair is being organised next month to give residents a lowdown of the latest offerings. The event will be held at St. Regis Dubai, Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club (The Villa, Dubailand) from 10am to 4pm on May 19.
Clementina Kongslund, founder and organiser of The Education Fair and directory Education&Afterschool, said Dubailand which covers residential communities located on Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Road from Jebel Ali/Dubai Investment Park to Dubai Silicon Oasis, has 23 schools, 17 nurseries, 10 sports companies, eight companies offering music and dance activities, and seven tutorials.
According to her, there are around 100,000 people currently living in the Dubailand area which has seen an explosion of new developments over the past six years.
“The Education Fair for Dubailand is the only education fair dedicated to residents and companies located in the Dubailand area, offering parents with children ages 0-18 years old information on formal and informal education ranging from nurseries, to primary and secondary schools, as well as afterschool activities, home schooling and tutoring,” she said.
Kongslund said she came up with the idea of organising an education fair after she saw many questions on different Facebook groups regarding schools and nurseries in the area. “Similarly, parents are always looking for afterschool activities for their kids, or help with tutoring.”
“Regardless of the number of education and afterschool clubs currently on offer, the demand is still high in the area. In September 2016, three new nurseries and two new schools opened in the Arabian Ranches, Motor City, JVC and JVT alone. A new nursery in The Sustainable City Community also came up last year,” added Kongslund.
As the founder of the Women of Arabian Ranches group, Kongslund said she feels involved in the community and strives to provide people with information on facilities available there.
“As the fair is a community event, we also give high school students looking for community work experience an opportunity to be involved. Roles available for them include event organisation, photography and filming and entertaining younger children when parents visit the fair.”
For details, visit http://www.educationandafterschool.ae/