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A new Filipino school has opened in Sharjah, where all classrooms have state-of-the-art equipment like smartboard, laptops and overhead projectors, among others, to meet with the demands of the fast evolving age of the internet.

Al Alfiah Filipino Private School (AFPS), in Al Azra School Zone, was formally inaugurated on August 26, graced by Vice Consul Mariane Bringas of the Philippine Consulate General.

Marjorie F. Nazaret, AFPS founder and school principal, said it has been her dream to see a Filipino school in the UAE at par with other international schools in terms of technology, facilities, as well as teaching and learning systems.

Vice Consul Marianne Bringas of the Philippine Consulate General gracing the occasion.

“I’ve been a teacher for almost 2 decades and it has been my heart’s desire to give my students what they really deserve. In the past, I have seen people who dreamed the impossible and I also have also a dream – and that is that someday I will prove to everyone that a Filipino school here in the UAE can level up with international schools,” Nazaret said.

“The people that have been part of my life, my students, my children and my family motivated me to establish a school that will give what they need and what they should be given,” she added.

“Students will experience being in technologically-equipped classrooms and will be taught by well-trained teachers at a reasonable cost. You may have not seen yet a Filipino school that can be compared with international schools when it comes to facilities.

Equipped with modern facilities, AFPS will cater to the growing number of Filipino families by providing affordable and quality education, Nazaret said.

“Affordable in the sense that students will experience being in technologically-equipped classrooms and will be taught by well-trained teachers at a reasonable cost.  You may have not seen yet a Filipino school that can be compared with international schools when it comes to facilities,” she said.

What’s a school opening without Jollibee? To ensure that the occasion would be more fun and exciting especially for the children, Jollibee mascot was around to entertain and give free food items to everyone. Parents and children had themselves photographed at the specially installed photo booth, as souvenirs.

“In the school, we use a management system. The parents can check their children’s activities through the parents’ portal and student portal. They can even check the location of our bus. In addition, they can also send their concerns to the school through our Parents’ Hotline,” she added.

AFPS is also introducing special classes that aim to enhance the children’s multiple intelligences, including robotics and gunpla modeling; it also has top-of-the-line books in its library. The facility will also hold e-library and online classes.

The science laboratories are designed for one-to-one learning where the teacher could use actually tangible models of the human heart, for example.

Nazaret stressed that AFPS is a hassle-free environment for parents as it could provide materials for the children’s school projects at a very minimal amount; there is no need for parents to purchase from stationery shops.

The new school can hold 680 students, according to Nazaret.

Also present at the inauguration were the people behind the establishment of AFPS, as well as members of the faculty and staff, parents, and students.

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