Tech-Savvy School In Dubai Offers MBA Education To First-Graders

The Arcadia Preparatory School’s junior MBA program was designed for students aged five and up.

Arcadia Preparatory School in Dubai’s Jumeirah Village Triangle has created a unique MBA program designed exclusively for primary school students.

Through the program, children as young as five will sample first year MBA courses where they will be educated in business plan development, finance, management, marketing, and entrepreneurship.

“The Arcadia Junior MBA is designed to be an integral part of our ‘enrichment learning program’ and will offer pupils the opportunity to create their own business plans,” Arcadia Preparatory School CEO Navin Valrani said.

“An initiative of this nature will plant the early seeds of entrepreneurship in the minds of young children and teach them how businesses can positively impact society.”

One of the reported highlights of the program will see the students will use their newfound knowledge to create business ideas that will then be presented to their parents in the form of a business plan.

“Some day, these ideas may even turn out to be real businesses for Arcadia’s pupils,” Mr Valrani said. “We look forward to doing our bit in inspiring the next generation of entrepreneurs.”

According to the Khaleej Times, Arcadia Preparatory School has been recognised as a game-changing institution in the UAE’s education sector, most notably becoming an “Apple” School to meet the criteria for innovation, leadership and educational excellence.

The school said embracing an all-Apple platform meant The Arcadia Preparatory School’s teachers will be provided with the latest technology and will receive ongoing, high-quality professional development. Students meanwhile will benefit from the one-to-one iPad program which will support interactive learning and provide the basis for the delivery of the school’s English curriculum.

“In aspiring to become an Exclusively “Apple” School we are creating unique opportunities for personal learning at every level within the school, from Foundation Stage One right through to Key Stage Two,” Principal Graham Beale said.

Lessons will be more dynamic, interactive and immersive via the power of touch, motion and sound; while pupils’ assignments can be sketched, scored, charted, coded or even performed, all of which opens up new opportunities for learning and creativity.”

Ben Ready
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