First Cultural Ambassadors’ Writing Workshop
Dubai, 20 November 2014: Students from 12 schools across Dubai took part in the first Cultural Ambassadors’ Writing Workshop at Dubai International Writers’ Centre yesterday. The workshop was hosted by LendMeYourLiteracy, an online educational platform which publishes and celebrates children’s writing with a global audience. Students from Grade 4 and 5 learned about the culture and heritage of Dubai by listening to Fatma Al Marri of KHDA who told stories of her childhood in the Shindagha area of the city.
In the setting of the Dubai International Writers’ Centre courtyard, students worked with Jenny Murray of LendMeYourLiteracy to determine their understanding of their roles as ‘Cultural Ambassadors’. A fast-paced, exciting writing workshop followed as children took part in a LendMeYourLiteracy writing session, learning a range of strategies to improve their creative writing. Using stimulus of photographs and stories from the Emirates, students worked collaboratively to create acrostic poetry and then complete a descriptive piece about a visit to Dubai. Drawing on their learning from Fatma’s stories, the LendMeYourLiteracy strategies and the culture-rich setting of DIWC, the students produced some remarkable pieces of writing. As part of the Cultural Ambassadors workshop, students’ work has now been published on http://lendmeyourliteracy.com/lmyl-cultural-ambassadors-workshop/
As ‘Cultural Ambassadors’ students will now use the online publication of their writing to share their learning about UAE culture with their school communities.
Schools represented: Jumeirah English Speaking School (Arabian Ranches), GEMS Royal Dubai School, Al Diyafah High School, Jumeirah Primary School, Foremarke School, Deira Private School, Uptown Primary School, Dubai English Speaking School, Deira International School, Star International School, Al Twar, Pristine Private School and American Academy in Al Mizhar