June 9, 2013: ALHOSN University's Department of Education recently staged a play entitled ‘Treasure' as part of its efforts to use school dramatization as a means to enhance the learning process.
Inspired by an Arabic lesson taught in the 6th Grade, ‘Treasure' brings to life the legend of a group of children who share their dreams with a genie that emerges from a magic lamp they find in a desert cave.
Representatives from distinguished educational and cultural organizations were on hand to lend support to the play, including Dr. Maryam Al Ali from the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC), Prof. Talal Al Fulaiti from the Khalifa Award for Education, and Prof. Hanafi Jayel from Sultan Bin Zayed's Culture and Media Centre.
Among those present from ALHOSN's side were H.E. Khalifa Mohamed Rubaya Al Muhairi, Chairman of the ALHOSN Board of Trustees; university guest Prof. Alaa Abdul Bari, Dean of Student Affairs at the Arab Academy for Maritime Transport, Alexandria; ALHOSN Provost Prof. Raymond Tenant; Prof. Hassan Mustafa, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences; Dr. Mohammed Kashef, Dean of Student Affairs; Prof. Munther Momany, Director of Administrative and Financial Affairs; and Dr. Ahmed Al Awadi, Adjunct Professor.
A high-profile group of journalists and media representatives, other faculty members, Abu Dhabi-based teachers, parents and students from primary schools attended the event as well.
H.E. Al Muhairi commended the outstanding work of ALHOSN's Education Department, citing the significant educational value of school dramatization and the exceptional efforts of participating students in terms of performance, decorations and preparations. He underscored the important role of ALHOSN in promoting public communication through such types of events, which he said reflects the university's varied roles that go beyond teaching and scientific research. Al Muhairi wished the Education Department and the whole university further success.
Prof. Mustafa pointed out that extra-curricular student activities are catalysts for enhanced academic knowledge and student skills. He explained that school dramatization encourages interaction and creativity at both the theoretical and practical levels.
“This year's play was a great success thanks to the outstanding performance and efforts of our students. School dramatization can be an effective educational tool – in some cases even better – compared to traditional approaches if used properly. It can significantly enhance the educational, artistic and creative skills of students,” said Dr. Mohammed Saeed Hasab Al Nabi, Chair of ALHOSN's Education Department and supervisor of the play.
ALHOSN University was established in 2005 by the Abu Dhabi Holding Company in response to growing demand for high-quality educational institutions in the UAE. It currently offers 12 undergraduate and 7 graduate programs under the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the Faculty of Business, and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. ALHOSN caters to students of all nationalities and those with special needs. The University engages its students in various curricular and non-curricular activities as part of its holistic approach to professional and personal development.