Deira International School Shortlisted by the Prestigious International School Awards

Al Futtaim Education Foundation school shortlisted in the ‘Digital Technology in Learning Initiative’ category

Dubai, UAE, 15 December 2020: Deira International School (DIS) announced that it had been shortlisted in the ‘Digital Technology in Learning Initiative’ category of the prestigious International School Awards. The school, which is owned by Al Futtaim Education Foundation, is one of only three global finalists in this category. The shortlisting in its own right is a testament to the ambitious vision for learning of the Foundation and to successful strategic implementation by the DIS leadership.  Deira International School, has, over the past twelve months, been recognised for its digital transformation and innovation and its use of cutting-edge teaching methods that provide an outstanding digital learning environment for students on site and for those learning remotely.

The International School Awards celebrate learning, teaching, community, wellbeing, leadership and strategic initiatives at international schools. They provide the opportunity for international schools to share best practice and creative endeavours, thus widening community participation and supporting global innovation in education. This year, and due to the impact of COVID-19 on schools worldwide, many initiatives have been developed to respond to the crisis. As a result, the judges have specifically looked for initiatives that show innovation and the potential for change through adversity. The International School Awards are hosted by ISC Research with the support of International School Leader Magazine.

Commenting on being shortlisted, Simon O’Connor, Director of Deira International School, had this to say: “I am thrilled with this recognition by such a prestigious organisation. The use of digital technology is at the forefront of education development and this highlights that Deira International School is leading the way and helping to construct the future for all students. I am enormously grateful for the hard work of all the teachers here at DIS who have seized the opportunities created by the current pandemic to continue to improve the learning opportunities for our students.”

Deira International School (DIS) is a dynamic, high-performing, fully inclusive British Curriculum School in Dubai Festival City which welcomes students from diverse cultures. It offers world-class international education through a holistic programme that stretches and extends its students beyond the classroom and empowers them to achieve their potential.

As an Al Futtaim Education Foundation school, Deira International School has unrivalled links with industry that are utilised to provide ongoing work experience and life skills for students throughout their educational journey. Al Futtaim Education Foundation (AFEF) is an initiative started by the Al Futtaim family to support the Government’s and KHDA’s vision for the creation of a globally competitive knowledge economy while maximising their social contribution to the community. The vision of AFEF is to create excellence; to prepare its students for university and to give them the skills to successfully embrace global citizenship and future opportunities in the UAE and beyond.

Winners will be announced and recognised at a virtual awards ceremony on Monday 18th January 2021.

About Deira International School

Deira International School (DIS) is a dynamic high-performing British Curriculum School in Dubai Festival City which opened its doors in 2005 with a student cohort of 240 students and a teaching team of 35 teachers. In September 2021, DIS will start its 17th year of operation welcoming 1,700+ students and more than 200 members of staff.

DIS is a happy and exciting place to learn and work, student-teacher relationships are positive and mutually respectful, creating a wonderful learning community where students thrive, aspire and succeed. Its fully inclusive and international context creates global citizens who from the ages of 3 to 18 learn to love learning in all its forms. The expert specialist staff and exceptional facilities provide wonderful opportunities for a holistic approach to education; sport, performing arts, academic, technological and creative pathways are on offer ensuring students enjoy enriching and varied school experiences within the classrooms and beyond.

DIS follows an English National Curriculum model which is adapted for both the international and local context with 80+ nationalities represented in its student body. Senior students take the Cambridge Board IGCSE examinations in Year 11 and move into the authorised International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) or International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme (IBCP) in Years 12 and 13. These highly regarded and internationally recognised pre-university qualifications enable worldwide university entrance for our students. Year on year, DIS’s students pursue further education pathways in universities across the world.

DIS is part of the Al Futtaim Education Foundation (AFEF), an initiative started by the Al Futtaim family to support the Government’s and KHDA’s vision for the creation of a globally competitive knowledge economy while maximising their social contribution to the community.

About Al-Futtaim

Established in the 1930s as a trading business, Al-Futtaim today is one of the most diversified and progressive, privately held regional businesses headquartered in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Structured into five operating divisions; automotive, financial services, real estate, retail and healthcare; employing more than 42,000 employees across 25 countries in the Middle East, Asia and Africa, we partner with over 200 of the world’s most admired and innovative brands.

Al-Futtaim’s entrepreneurship and relentless customer focus enables the organisation to continue to grow and expand; responding to the changing needs of our customers within the societies in which we operate.

By upholding our values of respect, excellence, collaboration, integrity; Al-Futtaim continues to enrich the lives and aspirations of our customers each and every day.