The Aquila School, part of International Schools Partnership (ISP), has partnered with Dubai Cares, part of Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Initiatives, to support its ‘Adopt a School’ initiative, which offers donors the opportunity to adopt a school in remote communities around the world, where schools are not available or are in bad condition.
The Aquila School’s support for ‘Adopt a School’ will go towards increasing access to quality primary education in underprivileged regions of Nepal, through the construction of safe and sanitary primary school classrooms. The school will also help increase adult literacy skills by providing training to local facilitators to teach the women within the communities the fundamentals of reading and writing.
The Aquila School will raise AED 170,000 through various initiatives throughout this year to raise funds for the construction of one furnished school with three classrooms located in the far western region of Nepal. The school will directly benefit approximately 90 children, three teachers and approximately 40 women participating in the adult literacy programme.
The School aims to fundraise AED 170,000 to build a new school in Nepal
Pupils at The Aquila School will participate in a programme of activities to raise funds, including a school-wide sponsorship day where they will engage in sponsored activities identified and organised by the children, a winter souq where proceeds will go towards the fund, a children’s souq day where children will make and sell items, and a festive jumper day where the community will have the opportunity to make donations.
Commenting on the partnership, Wayne Howsen, Principal of The Aquila School, said: “We are pleased to partner with Dubai Cares to support its ‘Adopt a School’ programme. Since we are passionate about education, we hope that we can extend our mission to ensure safe, happy and amazing learning beyond our own school community. Being part of this initiative means that our pupils understand the importance of charity, and also bring our community together to help bring education to those children and adults in need.”
“The ‘Adopt a School’ initiative is a wonderful opportunity to make a direct impact in the lives of vulnerable children”
Abdulla Ahmed Alshehhi, Chief Operating Officer at Dubai Cares, said: “The ‘Adopt a School’ initiative is a wonderful opportunity to make a direct impact in the lives of vulnerable children who are in dire need of assistance to continue their educational journeys. Support from local student communities such as The Aquila School goes a long way in helping us bring quality learning opportunities in regions where education has been disrupted due to a variety of reasons. We thank the students of The Aquila School for their engagement in this important initiative as well as the wider community for joining them in their efforts.”
The Aquila School is an exciting international British school in Dubai, located in Dubailand. Pupils engage in lessons that promote enquiry, innovative thinking, making decisions and problem solving so that they can be independent, creative, and resilient learners. The experienced and committed teachers at the school are empowered to teach pupils what they need to learn right now, enabling them to make as much progress as possible.
The school, currently open to pupils from FS1 to Year 10, will soon be opening applications for Post 16 and continue to build an international and community outlook as part of the core programme. Since opening, The Aquila School has now been rated as ‘Outstanding’ by the British Schools Overseas (BSO) Inspection teams twice in a row. The Aquila School is a community school, where collaboration with families and school and international connectedness ensures pupils love coming to school and have a love for learning.