Children who join summer activities show more resilience to change: Aisha Al Qasimi

SHARJAH, Children are sensitive to the world around them and tend to get nervous when the time to go back to school draws close, which is why international experts have offered a tonne of advice to both parents and students on how to avoid back-to-school issues.

This situation arises because children have to step out of the comfort zone of their homes after a summer break that could be as long as 90 days, and into a whole new environment full of unpredictability and hundreds of new faces in the form of students and teachers.

Sheikha Aisha Khalid Al Qasimi, Director of the Sajaya Young Ladies of Sharjah, a subsidiary of the Rubu’ Qarn for Creating Future Leaders and Innovators, said, “Parents, schools, and students are involved in the preparation for back-to-school time. Parents may feel stressed because of the change in their lifestyle ranging from travel time to and from school, waking up earlier, preparing food and clothes for their children, etc. Parents should avoid showing their children the negative side of this change, as they may unintentionally contribute to increasing students’ anxiety about going back to school.

“Upon the recommendation of the National Happiness and Positivity Programme, the Federal Government launched the new ‘back to school’ policy that is supporting parents by allowing them flexible hours during the first week of school, which will enable them to escort their children. This enables families to play an important role in supporting children to manage the transition.”

Al Qasimi stressed that the most-tricky task for schools is making students feel welcome by creating activities that break the ice in a classroom and get the students acclimated with one another, as well as with the teachers and staff members. The first day is delicate as it establishes the students’ relationship with the school and may affect their learning ability.

“It is important to consider the back-to-school stage as a continuation of summer break. Holiday experiences and parental care is instrumental in making the back-to-school transition as smooth as possible. These two factors allow students to learn more and acquire new skills that will inadvertently help them overcome challenges in the future.

“Learning is a continuous process in life. This is not limited to academic learning at school. Modern teaching methods are becoming more flexible. Diverse school activities that combine education and entertainment help students acquire knowledge. We, at Sajaya, are keen to prepare and design programmes and events throughout the year to keep our members always ready for learning and acquiring new life skills,” she added.

Speaking about the challenges that face students aged 13 to 18 years, Al Qasimi said, “We realise that this age group, particularly for girls, are characterised by a set of physical and psychological changes. The challenges might manifest into bad behaviour, such as giving into problems and fears, resulting in inactivity, or intensive and aggressive focus on the ‘I’. Sometimes by ignoring or underestimating others and taking school lightly.

“We take this into account at Sajaya and are dedicated to fostering responsibility and commitment among young girls, through varieties of edutainment and social activities. They are aimed at empowering and enabling them to acquire skills that develop responsible personalities, raise awareness, and understand the requirements of success and excellence.”

Source: Emirates News Agency