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The SchoolsCompared.com Interview. ‘Bob Dylan, The Future of Education and Not Trading Away Kindness for Cynicism.’ Dr Saima Rana On The Record.

by Jon WestleySeptember 5, 2023

The SchoolsCompared.com Interview:

“Bob Dylan, The Future of Education and Not Trading Away Kindness for Cynicism.” 

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Dr Saima Rana

CEO/Principal GEMS World Academy

Chief Education Officer, GEMS Education

Chief Education Ambassador, The Varkey Foundation

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In a remarkable, extraordinary, and far-reaching interview, SchoolsCompared.com spoke with Dr Saima Rana, CEO/Principal of GEMS World Academy, Chief Education Officer of GEMS Education and Chief Education Ambassador of The Varkey Foundation to discuss the A to Z of education in the UAE and worldwide.

In a deeply moving and challenging interview, one stretching from Dylan, protecting The Arts and breaking glass elevators, ceilings and cliffs, to the implications of selective schools, the power of teaching as a force for good, the centrifugal importance of kindness and giving their voice to every child, the common theme is no less than a blueprint for hope and ending of prejudice in all its forms. 

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CONTENTS

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I

If Wishers Were Changes. What Matters in Education and Living a Good Life.

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II

Inflection Points, Cynicism and Kindness.

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III

The Arts and Making a Better World.

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IV

The Glass Elevator and The World Cup.

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V

Building Schools in Dubai and Giving Back.

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VI

Sticking Plasters, Selective Schools, Being Progressive and Listening to Ambition.

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VII

Teachers are the Centre of The Universe.

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VIII

On Dubai.

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IX

Open Seas, University, Falling in Love and AI.

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X

Bob Dylan, Sunny Varkey, The Silver Bullet and A Blueprint for Hope.

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NEXT Page: Chapter 1. If Wishes Were Changes. What Really Matters in Education and Living a Good Life

About The Author
Jon Westley
Jon Westley is the Editor of SchoolsCompared.com and WhichSchoolAdvisor.com UK. You can email him at jonathanwestley [at] schoolscompared.com
1 Comments
  • Mariam Medha Memon
    September 8, 2023 at 6:52 pm

    Thank you Dr Saima Rana
    I enjoyed your interview and focus on the empowerment of girls in all fields of education, from the Sciences to the Arts.
    You had already laid the foundations of your work in the UAE with your vision of enriching the rights of every child to a fair education in the United Kingdom. I saw first hand how you brought out the full potential of students at Westminster Academy in London, with your hand picked team of staff leaders and the ways you provided countless students with opportunities to study at top universities.
    Today, as a result, my daughter is using all her skills, talents and knowledge – these flowing from the support you and your team empowered her with during her time at Westminster Academy.
    As she continues her studies at Oxford University, I would like to think that she is representing your vision of equality and fairness of opportunity in education for every child.

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