Each summer, in conjunction with the UAE Authority of Youth & Sports Welfare, Higher Colleges of Technology - Dubai Education students take on the responsibility of organizing and conducting a summer school at the College for up to 150 Emirati children.
This involves teaching English, computers, health awareness, music, drama, games and visits to places of interest. Summer school has always been very successful and gives students an excellent chance to develop their organizational and teaching skills.
A course in children’s literature helps students learn about children’s books and how these can be used to help children develop reading skills. During the course, Education students write children’s books and illustrate these themselves or in partnership with Applied Communications students. In 2010, thirteen of these books were published and launched by Magrudys at the Emirates Airlines International Festival of Literature in Dubai.
The books in English and Arabic versions have since found their way into Government primary schools, Dubai libraries and bookshops.
Education students regularly present skill-sharing sessions to students in other HCT - Dubai programs to promote reading to children in the home. They also hold workshops in local schools to encourage children to develop reading habits. These activities are important as they help to encourage children to read at home as well as in school. Research shows that reading is a major factor in developing children’s language skills in both their native language as well as in other languages. This is important in a country like the UAE where English as well as Arabic are widely used in day-to-day life and in the workplace.