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Five community schools open in Abu Dhabi

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Public schools are transformed into social hubs in an attempt to promote a culture of participation and engagement.

Five community schools were opened in Abu Dhabi emirate on Sunday.

Two opened in Al Ain, one in Abu Dhabi city and the remaining two schools in Al Dhafra.

Community schools are newer public schools that have been enhanced by the Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge. Pupils benefit from more activities and classes, while the school itself becomes a social centre for the community.

Last year, Adek said it planned to transform 30 public schools into community schools in the capital by 2020.

The schools are meant to serve as social hubs to meet community needs, enhance pupil-parent relationships and promote a culture of participation and engagement.

The project focuses on six areas, including science, sports, health, culture, national identity, and pupils with special needs.

Dr Yousef Al Sheryani, ADEK’s undersecretary, said the goal of the project is linked to the country's education vision because it promotes the role of a school as a cultural hub, while creating an attractive educational environment to support talented pupils.

The new community schools in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi include: Mleih School in Abu Dhabi, Al Shaheen and Um Ghafa schools in Al Ain, Al Abbas Bin Abdul Muttalib School in Al Ruwais, and Dalma School in Dalma Island.

Re-defining Success and Failure

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 Our definition of failure defines more about us than we may realize, because the fear of failure is one of the most frequent sources of creative paralysis.

When the perceived threat of potential consequence outweighs the perceived benefits of success, we stop acting.

Notice the word “perceived”. These consequences are often illusory, but in our mind they are as real as a tiger staring us down. The problem is that we can go for days, weeks, months, years, lifetimes without every really getting to the bottom of this fear. The result is that we forfeit our best work.

The two things that will paralyze us creatively faster than any others:

1. We haven’t defined success.
2. We haven’t defined failure.

If we don’t have a clear definition of what we’re trying to do, we will spin out. Simultaneously, if we don’t have a clear definition of “missing the mark” we will experience paralysis. The simple act of clarifying these two concepts can immediately yield courage for your creative efforts.