The Friday Class

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Dubai’s leading TV Channel, Dubai One, features Mariam & Fatima Masood’s novel, I Know Who You Are! in the 8:30 pm News bulletin. Watch the video through YouTube.


Ø  When you get the information that you will be going for an outing, inquire the place to be visited and take out appropriate clothes. Ask your parents if your choice is right.

Ø  Make a ‘Take Along’ corner in your room where you keep the things you need to carry with you when you go out. (A book, gift, mobile, MP3 player, sunscreen or sports stuff)

Ø  Help your younger brothers and sisters to dress up.

Ø  Check if the electrical appliances (iron, computer, mobile charger, lights and lamps) have been switched off. If you are too young to switch them off yourself, alert an adult.

Ø  Remind your parents to check the stove. All knobs turned off.

Ø  It is important to look at the mirror before you depart. Your hair, dress and your attitude should be in place.

Ø  You room should be tidy. The dirty clothes should go in the laundry, the cupboard door should be closed and the toys in place.

Ø  Showcase your wisdom by carrying a bottle of water with you. It keeps you hydrated in the hot sun.

Ø  Make sure your parents have locked the main door behind them.

Ø  If you are going alone, inform your parents and tell the approximate time of return.

Ø  When you go out you represent your country, religion, family and parents. Be responsible!

v  Check if you have put all the books that you require for the next day.

v  Recall the day to remind yourself of something that you might have to take.

v  Check your pencil case for all the necessary stationery that you would need.

v  Do not put any toy or objectionable cool-stuff.

v  Remember to put your school diary/calendar.

v  Carry your parents’ contact numbers on a piece of paper, just in case they have to be contacted.

v  Think of any messages or circulars that you had to give your parents; upcoming events or field trips.

v  Put some tissues, money and band-aid, which might come to use in case of an emergency.

v  Put a 500ml water bottle and a snack incase the canteen or the cafeteria is not open for the day.

v  Zip up your bag!

The Friday Class was a result of many isolated moments we spent as teachers… in school, at home, in malls, parks, waiting lobbies and at the Dubai Creek.
As teachers we always feel there is very less time, in class, to tell the children about the many little things they need to remember in order to enjoy life. Since the classes are curriculum driven it becomes difficult to address the day to day challenges, problems and tasks children come across. Not only as teachers, even at home, with our nephews and niece, we realize there are so many things that need adult attention and address.
In order to kill the guilt we thought of the concept of a Friday Class which would have all the little but important things we want to tell children aged 7 onwards.
It is important to say that Fridays and Saturdays are weekly holidays here in Dubai, no school. That’s why the article was named The Friday Class. At home, when children are missing their teachers, they get an opportunity of absorbing some more knowledge of the world… a short message from very concerned caring teachers…
(More than a hundred cards saying ‘best teacher of the world’ verify this statement! – goes right for both, Mariam and Fatima)
So, for young girls and boys here are some nice things to read and follow in life. Of course also for older people who missed on good teachers and teachings in life! Minutes invested in goodness help a lifetime.