Of Public Education, Nurseries and Creativity in Dubai
There is nothing more gratifying to the human soul than to create something that
benefits the common good which is what we all tend to forget as we grow up to be
Pablo Picasso once hinted that all children are creative; the challenge is to remain creative into
adulthood. There is nothing seriously wrong with our current education system here in the UAE.
Children and toddlers are brought up in one of the best preschools and nurseries in Dubai;
and everything is fine out there. When kids grow up and start attending high school, they are
learning and applying their knowledge with the end goal of attaining better results in the final
years. Ask anyone, who or what they want to become and almost everyone would link
themselves to a profession. It is a competitive environment that we all live in today and it is
‘competition’ itself that drowns our creativity.
Every child is born creative which is what helps
them to discover and understand the ways of
the world through the environment that
surrounds them. Daycares in Dubai along with
the preschools try to keep this talent alive; but it
often wears off once they get into the public
Public education does its job of imparting the
knowledge about the world via subjects such
as Geography and History; and teaches the general knowledge and communication skills they
would need once they get out there via Mathematics, Economics and Literature. But all of this
knowledge is learnt from a book which is good, as long as one is learning and applying them—
unfortunately, it all ends here.
Instead of encouraging creativity in the minds of young children, they are often left thinking
about how many marks one needs to achieve to keep up with the competition. Creativity
basically has no value out here in such a system. The test should allow children to come up and
encourage creative thinking based on new ideas or learning from the ones that already exist.
This sort of a system would help children stay creative as they grow up and turn them into
geniuses; ones who contribute to the common good of the city, country and its citizens rather
than someone who just takes up a position and generates more money for him or herself.
There is nothing more gratifying to the human soul than to create something that benefits the
common good which is what we all tend to forget as we grow up to be responsible citizens. As
parents, it is wise to encourage creativity in everything pre-school kids do; so as to help them to
approach their daily problems in a different way and help them gain from every daily task that
they come across. This generates a different type of thinking, one that hopefully stays alive by
the time the education system is done with them.