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This issue is designed to leave you feeling uplifted and ready to finish the school year in fine style. We trekked to Sharjah for some quality time with the principal, teachers and students of Our Own English High School Sharjah. We were impressed by the school’s many successes and commitment to empowering and equipping students with the requisite skills to excel academically and in extra curricular activities.

The Global Teacher Prize is a one-million-dollar prize awarded annually to one deserving teacher. This prize was created to help lift the esteem of the profession. The ceremony takes place right here in the United Arab Emirates. We sat down with the top ten finalists of the 2016 Global Teacher Prize, to discuss some of the major issues facing education today and to learn more about what drives them. We hope their stories inspire you.

Our After the Bell section in this issue features a look at repatriation, summer travel tips, and useful advice to keep you healthy while you enjoy your time off school, among other exciting topics. The school year is ending and although we will take a break from printing in July and August, we will be online at www. and on social media all summer long, so do include us in your summer plans.