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HSTEM builds next generation: Instructress


Dr Rita Al-Jadiri wishes to become a licensed commercial pilot/flight instructress.

Mariecar Jara-Puyod, Senior Reporter

It takes two to tango and for the youth to gain the capability to a balanced perception in life, critical are the home environs and educational systems towards this goal.

“One of our biggest responsibilities as educators is preparing students to succeed in the real world. In doing so, we must also encourage them to be humble, to be comfortable with making mistakes and to value the input of others,” said Dr Rita Al-Jadiri whose game plan includes being a licensed commercial pilot/flight instructress.

Al-Jadiri specialises in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering programmes, designated as Course leader and Senior lecturer at the University of South Wales in Dubai.

She said it is the responsibility of parents and school teachers to “work collaboratively.”

“Early years are very important to children’s development. It sets the foundation for life-long learning, behaviour and health. The experiences children have at an early age shape their brain and their capacity to learn, to get along with others, and to respond to challenges in life.”

Al-Jadiri believes the fusion of Humanities/Sciences/Technology/Engineering/Mathematics (HSTEM) makes the youth become “scientific and rational.”

Humanities are indispensable even to the future scientists since “these help prepare students to fulfil their cultural and public responsibilities; help them to think outside of the box which can help them generate (innovations) and broaden their horizons.”

“Higher education providers can develop collaborative external partnerships and productive relationships that bring mutually beneficial outcomes for the community, students and staff.”

The Electronic Engineering/Aviation Electronics graduate from the Emirates Aviation University opted to teach seeing it as “my mission in life and a way of making sure I have greater power to make smarter choices for my future.

“For me, it is more important and attractive than being in the (aviation) industry. As an educator, I work with students, develop their knowledge and guide them in the right direction. My role gives me a sense of joy and excitement because I am part of something bigger than myself.”

With that mindset, Al-Jadiri who also supervises the doctoral students of Aircraft Energy Analysis and the Development of Green Cabins has never stopped furthering her post-graduate portfolio.

“I believe that when women are educated and earn for themselves, they become accomplished and self-sustained. This builds their confidence and helps them feel empowered to make decisions on their own.”

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