Today we are delighted to feature the wonderful students of a British international school. Absolute superstars on Skoolbo, the students of Repton School in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates follow the UK curriculum and we are thrilled to have them on board.
Those of you who keep a close eye on the leaderboards will have seen that the students of Repton School featured regularly throughout the 2014/15 school year and it looks as though they have similar plans for this new school year as well.
Obviously they have a bit of a head start on English schools who are only just returning this week but what a fabulous beginning to the new term!
A look at these terrific photographs reveals just how much these students enjoy learning with Skoolbo. It looks as though there’s some lovely peer support taking place as well with more experienced learners taking the younger ones under their wing. What a brilliant way to share great learning!
…and a ‘well done’ to Repton’s Digital Team from us too!
It’s wonderful to have these amazing students flying the Skoolbo flag – keep up the great learning!
Repton will grow to become an ‘all-through’ school and currently caters for children from the Foundation Stage to Year 3.
This is how Headmaster Robert Relton describes the school –
“Whilst an international school with a British flavour, Repton school Abu Dhabi is an inclusive school appealing to families from a range of backgrounds. It is characterised by children who have an appetite for challenge, a genuine love of learning and by those who are prepared to work hard and play hard. The curriculum combines the best of the British system with the dynamism of the UAE. It is supported by an exciting and broad extra-curricular programme taking full advantage of our first rate facilities. In short, we feed a natural curiosity for learning that will equip your child with a solid foundation on which to build their future dreams.”
We are delighted to have reached 20,000 schools around the world now playing on Skoolbo. This marks a tremendous milestone in our dream to impact on the literacy and numeracy of 500 million children worldwide. To find out more about our dream listen to Shane Hill our founder.
It’s an amazing achievement that we have reached over 20,000 schools since February 2014 – the teacher and parent grapevine has certainly been working in our favour!
In the UK we only launched at the end of May 2014 and already we have 3,300 UK schools registered! Take a look and see if your school or your child’s school is on board http://skoolbo.co.uk/schools
We would love to see more schools sharing our dream, so please encourage your fellow teachers or your children’s school to register if they are not already on board http://dashboard.skoolbo.co.uk/register
Uganda is a special place although to look at it geographically it is a landlocked country in East Africa. It is bordered on the east by Kenya, on the north by South Sudan, on the west by the Democratic Republic of the Congo but that is the only the start of the tale.
It lies almost entirely within the Nile basin and contains a large amount of lake Victoria the second largest freshwater lake in the world. As a former British Colony (independent since 1962) – English is the first language.
Nakanyonyi Primary School, Jinja
Uganda adopted universal primary school education in 1997 which saw net enrollment rise from 2.3 million to 7.5 million in just over two years and created obvious knock on issues with teacher capacity, school and classroom infrastructure.
Skoolbo has been delighted to partner with Soft Power Education who have been working in Uganda since 1999 particularly to help the Ugandan government achieve its millennium goals with regard to Primary School education.
Soft Power Education have refurbished 50 schools in the Jinja area so helping to deal with that expanding school roll with only 30 more to go! They have also been working in the Murchison Falls Conservation area since 2007.
Children first time using Skoolbo in the classroom
Colin Brown – Director of Partnerships for Skoolbo visited Soft Power with Jeff Halley and 12 tablets (Samsung / Nexus) to start an exciting and ground breaking pilot in East Africa. The tablets will be used in a range of educating setting including pre-schools directly run by Softpower and the Nakanyonyi Primary School.Orientating the teachers with the tablets was almost as much fun as introducing the children to them. The opportunities of using touch screen technology combined with Skoolbo’s education game was quite an eye opener but once we had got over the initial impact the game started to draw the children in and you could start to see the real impact in learning.
We look forward to posting regular updates on Skoolbo in Uganda as the pilot progresses!