The part-time schooling project, called rahhal, is expected to revolutionise the education sector in the emirate.
The traditional style of teaching and learning in Dubai is becoming outdated as new disruptive ways take the lead. The part-time schooling project, called Rahhal, is expected to revolutionise the education sector in the emirate as it allows students to focus on getting a head start in their careers instead of spending long hours in school.
Khaleej Times covered the story of two Dubai pupils who are part of the Rahhal project and are travelling around the world – missing more than three months of school this academic year – to compete in sports tournaments. They make up for their schoolwork and exams whenever they are in Dubai.
Currently, only two schools – The Indian High School and the Delhi Private School Dubai – have formally joined the project, which was launched by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) earlier this year.
However, the chief of creativity, happiness, and innovation at the KHDA, Hind Al Mualla, said several other schools are expected to join.
“Within the pipeline, a number of other schools are going to join as soon as they reach an agreement with the parents. Once they join, we will make it public on our website, listing the schools that are offering Rahhal,” Al Mualla said.
“The Indian High School joined because they wanted to create an opportunity for their students to learn outside the school. This particular case is for sports coaching and joining tournaments. Now, the Delhi Private School joined for a completely different reason. They think one of their students will gain more value by learning outside their school.”

But how do schools and the KHDA ensure that students are not misusing the leniency the programme offers them?

The school and the student’s parent will have to agree on the specifics of the programme; for example, how many school days a child can miss or how they can make up for the exams and schoolwork. The KHDA, however, remains as the governing body that will ensure relevant checkpoints are built for the proper usage of Rahhal.
Al Mualla said: “What we make sure of is that when the child comes back to the school, the school must have designed a kind of assessment indicating that the child did acquire the knowledge to move from point A to point B. From our level, we ensure that these checkpoints are built in. In a couple of months, we are planning to do a review and invite all students, schools, and parents to share their reflections. It will be a good opportunity to see how Rahhal is going and drill down into the details.
“Today, Rahhal is mainly focusing on cases, but we are in a dialogue with some schools, tackling possible disruptions on a school day or week of a batch of students rather than an individual.”

Read more : Sarwat Nasir : Khaleej Times : 05 November 2018