Dubai: New school will first invite parents to join kids for lunch in UAE – News

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The initiative aims to catch up with the isolated ruptures triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic



Published: Fri 22 Jul 2022, 13:07

A school in Dubai will invite parents to have lunch with their children each week during their school lunch break after the pandemic triggered isolated breaks for students.

With this initiative, Bloom World Academy will be the first in the United Arab Emirates to invite parents to school once a week to share lunch time with their children.

The school, which will launch by the end of August, hopes the initiative will help build even stronger relationships with its families and inspire positive change in the education sector after the setback. posed by Covid-19.

The school had earlier announced a later start time of 9am.

Founding Director John Bell said, “We will continually challenge educational traditions at Bloom World Academy, and our lunch break initiatives are just one example. Our team of inspiring educators are on a mission to change the face of education and brought together best practices from around the world and the parent-child lunch break was the one we absolutely had to implement at school.”

The principal points out that the school’s ambition to make lunchtime a focal point of the day is driven by the effects of pandemic-induced home learning and the social development gap this has cause.

“It is no secret that the pandemic has caused children to experience an isolated lunch break. Children have been forced to eat alone for over two years – this is of course going to have an impact on their development and social skills. We are a school that is about community and connection, and that is what we hope to rebuild after the pandemic with our lunch break initiatives.”

“Children’s lunch breaks are a vital time of day for them to disconnect from learning and engage with their peers to develop their communication and social skills, so it is important that we make this time a priority.”

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He goes on to stress that connection and community between his students and their families will be central to the new IB program school when it welcomes its first cohort of students this school year.

“The school’s lunch break initiatives will also encourage healthy eating, developing social skills and hosting parents for lunch with their children each week will help us build community cohesion at school,” Bell added. .

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