“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do”. Pele
Welcome to the summer 2019 issue of Teach Middle East Magazine. This is the last issue of volume 6. The entire volume has been a huge success. We are near the end of yet another academic year and what a year it has been. As the quote above states, the success we have enjoyed here at Teach Middle East Magazine did not come easy. It took hard work, perseverance and lots of sacrifice. Every issue was a masterpiece, thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, writers and in-house staff. We enjoyed working on each issue and interacting with all of you.
The educators that we serve across this region and beyond, have all become like family to us and we always look forward to your feedback and suggestions on each issue of the magazine. It is also lovely to meet you all when we are out and about at the various education events regionally. This academic year has been a very busy one with events. We would like to thank everyone who made the events we hosted and partnered with, so successful.
In October 2018 we successfully held the first annual Middle East School Leadership Conference and the first Middle East Education Influencer Awards. These events will take place again on October 8-9, 2019 in Dubai, to learn more, please visit www.schoolleadersme.com. In March we hosted the third annual Middle East Maths Teachers Conference in Dubai. The Middle East Maths Teachers Conference has become the premier event for Mathematics practitioners in the Middle East and beyond. The Middle East Maths Teachers Conference 2020 will take place on February 22 in Dubai. To learn more about this event and how you can be a part of it, visit www.middleeastmaths.com.
This issue of the magazine is bursting with goodness for every educator. In this issue, we get to talk with Peter Tabichi, the 2019 winner of the one-million-dollar Global Teacher Prize. Peter, who is from rural Kenya, tells us more about his life and work. He also shares what motivates him to give 80% of his salary away to people less fortunate than him. We also take a moment to chat with Jonathan Price, The Managing Director of Eteach International, about what it takes to recruit and retain the best teaching staff at this time of severe teacher shortages. In After the Bell we explore how to ensure that we do not become victims of our own hunger and drive for success.
By the time you are reading this issue the holy month of Ramadan would have already begun. We would like to take this opportunity to wish all our Muslim educators Ramadan Kareem.
As our thoughts turn towards the summer break, we would like to wish you all a wonderful summer. If you are moving on from the Middle East or just changing school, we wish you all the success in your home or new role. For those of us who will be returning to this region at the start of the new academic year, we have a lot in store for you. Stay tuned!
As usual, the best conversations take place online with fellow connected educators. Search for Teach Middle East on your favourite social media platforms and let’s keep the conversation going.
Leisa Grace Wilson.