International Teaching Predictions for 2012 #2: Middle East
#2: International Schools in Middle East
“The Arab Spring caused much uncertainty in the beginning of 2011 and it now feels like a distant memory in many ways. International schools in this region continue to grow and thrive, and state school reform projects in Abu Dhabi are continuing on but in a different way (more on this at the end). The Licensed Teacher programme in Abu Dhabi added new grades and has now expanded to include western Head Teachers to step into principal and vice principal roles. We expect this to continue strongly into next year and beyond. Very exciting!
International schools in the UAE and Qatar in particular have never stopped hiring, and most feel cautiously optimistic enough to start expansion plans in 2012 and 2013. Because of the Arab spring, many teachers in the Middle East (especially UAE) decided to stay put last year so I expect a good amount of movement and when combined with natural growth it means lots of opportunities. Qatar in particular is one to watch as the Qataris continue to invest their considerable wealth into infrastructure and technology projects. This will continue to be a bright spot for the Middle East in the next few years which is one of the reasons the whole team visited it last month.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is also looking to hire a number of teachers in both state schools, private state schools and international schools. Salaries are usually quite high in KSA and the cost of living is low, so the savings potential here is huge. For many teachers it is considered more of a hardship post, but for others it’s a down-payment on a house. It should be noted that South Africans are highly sought in KSA – there is an educational affinity here- opening up lots of options for degree educated South Africans who want to earn a large amount of money in a relatively small amount of time. After many years of schools saying ‘no thanks’ to South Africans, it’s nice to see this.
Now in the Middle East there is such a range of schools from really top notch schools to schools that we flatly refuse to work with, and it’s understandable how teachers can get confused. How can you tell? Certainly not by the school website. It’s amazing what you can discover with a school visit and feedback from teachers already placed. I would recommend that teachers interested in this region work closely with their consultant and understand both A. What schools will consider you based on your CV and personal situation and B. What you can expect at schools that will consider you.”
Taken from the “Teach the World with Teachanywhere” blog written by General Manager by Diane Jacoutot.
Currently (as of 18 March, 2012), on www.internationalschoolcommunity.com, we have 146 international schools listed in this region of the world. That makes this region rank #5 in terms of the regions of the world with the highest number of international schools listed on our website. According to the article and to what we see happening in our community, there are many new international schools being founded each year in the Middle East. The expat communities there seem to be growing and thus the need for more international schools is also growing.
Out of the 14 countries that we have listed in the Middle East, the top four countries with the highest number of international schools listed on International School Community are the following:
1. United Arab Emirates (39)
2. Qatar (20)
3. Kuwait (19)
4. Saudi Arabia (14)
Some more facts about these Middle Eastern international schools:
• 53 teach the American Curriculum, 45 teach the U.K. curriculum and 7 teach the IPC curriculum.
• 67 are less than 15 years old, 63 are between 16 and 50 years old and 16 are more than 51 years old.
• 76 are For-profit schools and 70 are Non-profit schools.
The following schools have had comments and information submitted on them:
Bahrain Bayan School (12 Comments)
Al Hekma International School (9 Comments)
Naseem International School (Bahrain) (19 Comments)
Ihsan Dogramaci Bilkent Erbil College (14 Comments)
Amman Baccalaureate School (8 Comments)
Dubai International Academy (10 Comments)
American International School of Kuwait (20 Comments)
American Bilingual School (14 Comments)
American International School of Muscat (13 Comments)
Al Batinah International School (9 Comments)
Awsaj Institute of Education (11 Comments)
Dhahran Ahliyya Schools (14 Comments)
American Community School at Beirut (16 Comments)
There are many more! Check out the rest of them here.
Many of our members currently work at international schools in the Middle East:
Falustein Shoman (Al Ittihad National Private School in Abu Dhabi)
Adam Barash (American International School of Jeddah in Jeddah)
Jane Evans (The International Academy (Amman) in Amman)
Craig Delery (Universal American School in Dubai)
Krista Wolfe (International School of Elite Education in Egypt)
There are many more! Check out the rest of them here. If you are interested in working at an international school in the Middle East that one of our members currently works at, feel free to send these members a private message with the questions and concerns you would like first-hand account answers too.
So, we will just have to wait and see then how the “International School Community” in the Middle East actually pans out for the year 2012.