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Dr. Samia Al Farra presented with the GE““ Lifeti e Achie e e t A ard Taaleem Chief Education Officer wins top award 5 March 2014:

As part of the seventh edition of the Gulf Educational Supplies and Solutions (GESS) the Middle East's largest education exhibition and conference, the inaugural GESS Education Awards gala dinner was held at The H Hotel. This as a night to celebrate the very best in education worldwide with the culmination of the awards being the presentation of the Life Ti e A hie e e t A a d to D . “a ia Al Fa a u e tly Chief Edu atio Offi e of Taaleem the UAE’s se o d la gest s hool ope ato . Dr Samia Al Farra joined Taaleem in 2009 but was previously the Principal of Amman Baccalaureate School, which is the first school to offer the IB system in the region. She also served at Al Bayan School in Kuwait in a variety of positions and ultimately as a director. She was a member of the Jordan Ministry of Education Council for 13 years. Samia served as a member of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Academic Committee from 1997 to 2003, served on the Head of Schools Committee for 6 years and was a member of the IB Council of Foundation. In 1995 she was recognised for her achievements by the European Council of International Schools (ECIS) for her role in highlighting and promoting International Education. She is the founding member of the Middle East International Baccalaureate Association (MEIBA), which she was president of for 7 years. She received her Doctorate in Education through Bath University, UK. Samia has been serving as an elected for the IB's Regional Heads Representatives Committee for Africa/Europe and Middle East for the last 4 years. She has also led many initiatives to improve and enhance the teaching of Arabic in the region. Samia has also participated as a team member, chair and co-chaired accreditation visits for The Council of International Schools (CIS) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). Rosamund Marshall, CEO of Taaleem accepti g the a a d o D . “a ia’s ehalf said, I know that Samia will be humbled by this award, however I cannot think of anybody more deserving of such an accolade especially as it has been the result of a vote by her peers

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both from the region and internationally. I am sure that if she were here she would want to thank the organisers of the GESS for putting together an event that celebrates the very best i edu atio .

About Taaleem Taaleem, which means education in Arabic, has been establishing, operating and managing early childhood, primary and secondary schools since its inception in 2004.Taaleem seeks to raise the regional educational standards through the committed development of i di idual stude t’s tale ts a d passio s, hi h is i tu fa ilitated a d supported by the recruitment of top international educators and the implementation of international education policies, operations and global best practice. With uality at the fo ef o t of Taalee ’s offering, each project is designed and planned to answer the specific educational requirements of a wide range of families by offering top international curricula including British, American, the International Baccalaureate, International Primary Curriculum and their proprietary custom early childhood programme. Taaleem is wholeheartedly committed to creating and implementing benchmark educational initiatives, nurturing educational excellence through the attraction, retention and development of the best educators. The continuous evaluation and improvement of standards across all schools has ensured that the Taaleem schools have been established as valued cornerstones of their communities. Website www.taaleem.ae For more information, please contact: Clive Pierrepont Tel: +971 558097447 Office: +971 4 349 8806 E-mail: cpierrepont@taaleem.ae Website: www.taaleem.ae

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Taaleem Chief Education Officer Wins Top Award