Together We can protect the world and the environment
By Hassan tavari - 10B
I have a question, what is the most valuable thing in your life? Anyone from the audience wants to answer?

Protection. We are all protected, and because it’s so common, we haven’t really thought about it. We don’t ponder on its importance. We go to school, come back home, go to the mall and various other things, and it has become a routine for us. We never even consider what if, just the next day things will be different. What if we won’t have a roof over our heads, or no school to study at or no food to eat.

We don’t consider protection as a valuable thing. And that my fellow human beings, is an unfortunate thing. I call you my fellow human beings because I want to share with you a sense of unity. That we are all here together.

Now you are probably thinking about what is this guy blabbering about, how is protection related to the unity of humanity? And that is the point! We don’t realize the relation between these two. That’s why the environment is not protected and by extension human beings.

As I stated earlier, we don’t consider protection as a valuable thing. No matter how much we are thankful for it, I still believe we don’t consider it valuable. If we did, we wouldn’t just sit and read the news all day, reading about how children can’t go to school, or that people can’t afford houses. Asking someone where do you live is so common, that we never expect someone to reply that they don’t have any stable place. That is really unfortunate!

Many will react by saying, that is not my fault! Or is it? Let me give you an example to put things into perspective. Imagine there is a baby in a locked car in an extremely hot location. We can call this location Dubai, as you all know, it's pretty hot here! So you hear this baby crying, and you know he is going to die. Are you just going to leave him there? To die? Will you be like, it’s not my fault? Of course, there will be challenges, you need to first break the glass and trying to get the baby out of the car.

That is exactly what’s happening in this world, the baby symbolizes the helpless people, that genuinely cannot do anything to help their situation. Definitely, there will be people who are in a bad situation because of their own actions, but not all. The glass, the barrier which you need to break in order to help the baby symbolizes the challenges. I’m
not here to claim that there will be no challengers, of course, there will be. But in the end what matters, is that we tried

It’s not all doom and gloom, this year Giant Panda’s are no longer endangered. And that happened due to effective forest protection and reforestation. So here we can see, by taking care of the environment, the Giant Panda’s situation has improved. If we can protect the environment and people, we do have the potential to tremendously improve living conditions on Earth.

So all this introduction for what? So here me out on this. This strategy or system you may call is something that I have come up with. It’s at its first stages, so I'm sure there will be tons of issues with it. That’s why I'm sharing it with you people, just as I said, we are in it all together. If you can come up with a more polished version of this, then kudos to you! 

So here’s the plan. You know how like they say refer to certain countries as lands of opportunity. I genuinely despise this system. Till when can people immigrate to only a few countries. Why, can’t we bring the opportunities to all of the lands of this planet. Why can’t we have the whole of Earth, be the Planet of Opportunity?

That is the whole concept really, I wanna create opportunity in less developed areas. And how am I going to do that? That’s where my plan is going to kick in.

We first start with one city, preferably a small town. This town is really poor, and children can’t go to school and there is no food and so on, you get the picture. First and foremost we need a budget, a certain amount of money to give this town a boost. You can call it a spark of opportunity. Then we should train the people who live there, who have no jobs, different skills, and they will work at their own town for themselves. This is like a self-powered system.

Let me give you an example, we can use the unemployed people, and teach them to teach! As simple as that! They will teach the younger generation. So basically the children can go to school for free, and the people would have an income now to support their lives. There will be other jobs as well, which are on international levels. For example an interesting one would be programming! Of course in your mind, you would have trouble thinking someone with no access to computers can be a programmer, and that’s our mistake, they never even had the chance!

And to actually pay the salary for certain jobs, for example the teachers. Due to the school being free, we should find other ways to pay their salary. We can use different recycling strategies, to recycle the waste of this town and produce products which can be sold. The revenue will be used 100% to invest back into this project. This also helps environment, which in extension reduces the risks of having droughts. This is immensely important, as it will be easier for us to apply this system on other less developed places, which don’t have droughts like they used to, as we can even boost its farming.

It wouldn’t take long for the younger generation to be able to grow and innovate in this new town, and before we know it, there will be doctors and engineers who are born in the same old town with no development whatsoever. This concept tries to first increase the rate of development of each town, and in turn improve the environment’s condition.

Now I am not going to claim that this is complete, however, what i’m trying to say is that it is a good foundation that you can develop and innovate your ideas. Build up from here! Maybe we can actually make deals with governments. There is a lot of potential here.

Please don’t take this as just a speech, or something just interesting. Don’t take me as someone who just wants to talk about this, take me as a messenger, delivering the message of millions who are not safe, who are not protected. Who do not have a roof over their heads.

As God said in the Quran "God changes not what is in a people, until they change what is in themselves.”

And as Mahatma Gandhi said “Be the change that you want to see in the world”

I do not have the power to change this, neither do you, but together we do. So let’s change for the better, let us protect this Earth and our brothers and sisters who live on it. 

Workplaces of the Future

Haniya Basir- 9G

While most of us are sitting here, relaxed and reading. Or at least I hope you are. The adults of our families are currently working in one way or the other.
I am here today, to tell you that they are in danger. They face a deadly disease every day. It's slowly suffocating them, and for some, even crawling them to depression and another mental disease. Any idea where they face this huge danger in, this monstrous enemy.
Well, it's right in their workplaces.
When I see people sitting on an old chair behind their congested wooden desks, working hurriedly, I can see a dense cloud enveloping them. It's thick with stress, anxiety, and unsatisfaction I get scared even from the word "future" now. Because I am afraid to enter that torturous place. 
But of course, on the payday, everyone's all rainbow and everything. Because they have achieved their fruit of effort. But all this at what price? You work for money and gamble with your life. Is it worth it?
There are several hazards related to workplaces and while each workplace has its own distinctive hazards, the four main ones are: 
1. Physical hazards. Which are the most common hazards?
2. Ergonomic hazards. These occur when the type of work you do, your body position and your working conditions put a strain on your body.
3. Chemical hazards. Which are present when you are exposed to any chemical preparation (solid, liquid or gas) in the workplaces.
4. Biological hazards. These come from working with people, animals or infectious plant material. 
That's a lot of costs you are giving and gambling on. But I am sure you would say, well, do we have any choice? Do you want us and our families to starve?
No, no. The answer is science.Actually, the answer is better and healthier workplaces but that's innovation and that its science.
So hopefully the future of workplaces will be a solution to our problems and I am here today to give you an idea on how it might be.
Researchers believe on a few collective points which I am going to share now:
1. The workplaces of future will be mobile and not bound by location. Due to the growing importance of the service sector, knowledge - intensive careers and digitalization, increasing the number of people can work on a mobile basis, unrestricted by location. This not only improves efficiency but also enhances case in work thus hopefully increasing workers' satisfaction.
2. More and more people can work from home. Allowing for a frictionless office. Now a lot of us consider home as the most comfortable and peaceful place. It is our little heaven. Imagine being able to work right in your comfort zone. In future, technology will enable people to sit at home and using the latest internet services and devices, easily communicate, exchange and transfer data. Or maybe a combination of home and office

3. 3D printing printing and industrial revolution. In the same way mass production and the Internet transformed the way we work, 3D printing will revolutionize manufacturing. "Fabricators" are becoming much cheaper and the software that drives these devices is becoming much easier to use.
Just imagine, you sitting on a couch scrolling through an app that sells clothes and such, girl's favorite, but instead of having to buy them or being delivered, it will be printed, literally 3D printed right in your homes.
The idea is is crazy but eventually we will be able to print all sorts of complex devices. And this would mark the death of real shopping malls, shops and such.
As well, it will reduce pollution as transportation costs decrease drastically.
4. Workplaces of future reduce health risks as much as possible.
The demanding and heavy tasks of big truck drivers, divers, construction workers, miners... These works can't be replaced but the risks they have can! For example risk of fire explosion or chemical dosage for miners can be reduced using new technologies that can detect the chemical levels or even special radioactive barrier suits, more efficient fire extinguishers that puts out fire in one blink. And huge robots to help in constriction.
The possibilities  are endless... 

Before, you start imagining the endless possibilities. I wanna end my writeup on a note that future workplaces, in sha Allah, will be for everyone's best and happiness and ease. Putting end on so many problems and other social problems like being too shy to express yourself and I am sure we all better express ourselves online so more and more talent can be recognized. And problems such as sexual harassment, violence and un-comfortability  can be solved. And no more people will have to die while working for their families. All this can only be made possible if us, the future generation make it happen. By using our distinctive talents and minds and think creative for the better.
Because right now, people are literally dying for money in their workplaces. You can save lives not only of others but also yours cause at the end we all will be part of the future workplace. 

Climate Change: is climate change a public health emergency?

Think about the last time you read a news article about climate change. Did you hear the words “glacial melt”?  What about “centimeters of sea level rise”? It can be hard to take action against climate change when the impact seems so far away. But the fact of the matter is climate change isn’t something that we’ll have to confront in the future. It is happening in the present…right here…right now…
Climate change in the world can be caused by different activities. When climate change occurs, temperature rises, many different changes can occur on earth. For example, it can result in more floods, droughts, or intense rain, as well as more frequent and severe heat waves. Oceans are warming and become more acidic, glaciers are melting, and sea levels are rising. As these changes frequently occur in future decades, they will likely present challenges to our society and the environment.
In the past century, human activities have released a huge amount of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere. Most of the gasses come from burning fossil fuels to produce energy.
Greenhouse gasses are like a blanket around the earth, trapping energy in the atmosphere and causing it to get warm. This is called greenhouse effect and it is natural and necessary to support life on earth. However, while greenhouse gasses build up, the climate can bring changes that can affect our water supplies, agriculture, power, and transportation system, the natural environment, and even our own health and safety.
As temperature increases, there’s also an increase in the amount of moisture evaporating from land to water. That means there’s less water left behind. Climate change is also shifting our weather patterns, meaning that areas where we used to expect a steady amount of rainfall are now experiencing more unpredictable and extreme precipitation. At the same time, snowpack and glaciers, which are two key sources of water for many people in the world, are melting faster due to a warmer weather.
Once you see the drought sign, the wildfire sign won’t be far behind. That’s because droughts dry out the land, killing plant life and creating the perfect source for a hungry wildlife. And, with less predictable rains, it’s harder to stop these fires once they begin.
But wait…if the planet is warmer and that leads to droughts, why does climate change also lead to floods? It may seem counterintuitive at first, but floods and droughts go hand-in-hand. When the earth is so parched for an extended period of time, the soil can’t absorb the sudden downfall of rain when it finally comes. And with our weather patterns becoming stronger and less predictable, the spring showers of the past are turning into extreme storms, leading to sudden downpours, rushing waters, and flooded roads. With nothing to hold the soil in place, and the ground unable to absorb the water, floods and landslides become a serious danger.
Yes, I love the warm water at the beach, do you? Well, other than us there’s someone there too who loves it when the ocean temperature gets’s the Hurricanes. With warmer ocean temperatures, the hurricanes feed on the heat and can absorb more energy. While the number of hurricanes has not been increasing, the severity of hurricanes has been on the rise. Stronger hurricanes mean higher winds and stronger storms surges and devastating damages and losses of life!
As a result of deforestation, desertification, the earth is warming up. But if we can warm up the planet, we can also cool it down.
In dry areas, the top layer of the soil is so hard that rainwater can no longer infiltrate into the ground. It evaporates or causes erosion and flooding and washes away the remaining fertile soil. By opening the soil, rainwater can infiltrate and is available for vegetation again!
Almost everywhere on our planet, it rains, even in dry areas. By using ancient water harvesting techniques and recent innovations, we bring the water subsurface again.
The restored vegetation brings more moisture into the air, helps to create clouds and therefore restores the water cycle. Trees and plants are the air-conditioning of our planet, that’s why it’s important to restore degraded lands.
Our ultimate goal is to restore these areas, but we cannot do this alone! Let us all pick up the shovel and re-green the land to cool down the planet!
We and other countries around the world must act now to slow and eventually reverse climate change. That means slashing fossil fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions; shifting to clean renewable energies, and preparing communities for the degree of climate change that will come by improving our public health infrastructure, disease surveillance and emergency response capabilities.



"Be the change that you wish to see in the world."     Mahatma Gandhi

Take to heart these words said by Mahatma Gandhi, arguably one of the greatest change masters that ever lived. Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing themselves. The problems facing the world today are great, and it will surely take the greatness of millions if not billions of people working together towards a common goal to overcome them. 

"Give me a lever long enough, and a prop strong enough. I can single-handedly move the world"--Archimedes
Oftentimes, the difference in people's lives is the difference in the standards to which they hold themselves accountable.
As Newton's Third Law of Motion dictates: "For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction."
It's that obvious and, equally, that simple, albeit often requiring a Herculean effort to achieve Herculean results.
People who achieve the unachievable are, by definition, naturally unreasonable. It seems as though they make the conscious decision to replace their desires with unreasonable needs. Everything they partake in seemingly requires relentless determination, intensity, and a consistent element of risk to make sure they are constantly operating at a peak performance mode.
A quest for a life of uncertainty, combined with a positive belief system, is what they excitedly wake up for each day. A "seize the day" mentality, versus "Oh crap, it's morning already."

In one sentence--the only thing that creates an extraordinary life is an extraordinary mindset. People who have that mindset often are viewed as a little "out-of-balance" by many in their lives.

What differentiates the top 1 percent of the population from the remaining 99 percent is the simple dichotomy of thought process. Those who choose mediocrity do so due to lack of self-belief, or simply a lack of desire to even begin to contemplate their end goals.

One of the most powerful traits of the 1 percent is their acute ability to seek opportunities in and out of every negative situation.

"I took the road less traveled by and that has made all the difference"    Robert Frost

Most people think this poem is about taking the underutilized road. However, if you read the poem, in-depth, the chosen road is moot. It is entirely about the choice of making that first step on whichever road you choose.

Master the trait of taking the first step, and anything is possible. Unreasonable people dominate their future by taking calculated risks and reveling in their own moxie. They live up to their own hype and believe their own vision. They must--otherwise, who will? In short, unreasonableness is defined by taking steps nobody else bothers taking.
Change is not a question of ability; it is a question of will.
The "out-of-balance" people who take the road less traveled are those who simply make a cognitive decision and then execute with a little caution.
The more you demand out of yourself and the world you wish to create, the higher your standards become. The rare few who have a clear, compelling, avid understanding about why will inevitably make their move and leave the rest behind.

"Design the change, inspire to act"   Oxford's Science Department

The motto of Oxford's science department has, in fact, a direct relation to this. The mindset that the minute 1 percent of the population have is not unachievable. Contrary to what most may think, it is quite easily achievable! As long as people take those initial steps, the possibilities of what may be achieved are limitless. Many of our school's most prominent alumni have worked for their goals with this mindset- and that is the fact that they should change and work in a different way. I personally aspire to become a person who can proudly consider himself as a part of this determined group of people, and hope that you will consider immersing yourself in it as well.

Mouhammad Malick

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French is a beautiful language that sounds harmonious and melodic.The French language creates emotions and desires. The prononciation of just a few words are enough to nourish the fantasies of an interlocutor, making multiple references to: personal culture,  representation of the country, accumulation of folk and imaginary historical references.
The Oxford school promotes the vocabulary, the grammar, the pronunciation and the culture embedded in the language. Click on the link below to see the activities of the French club and some exquisite works of our students.
Digital Classrooms

In your opinion, what is an ideal classroom? Is it an ordinary class with textbooks and notebooks? Or is it a class where we use computers instead? Or maybe it’s a class that is completely different! Now I want you to imagine classrooms of the future. Is that classroom a digital classroom? Maybe it is, or maybe it isn’t, but for me it is and when you actually think about it, we already have everything for a digital classroom.
Teachers can teach us using the projectors or the Apple TVs instead of tiring themselves out by manually writing everything on the whiteboards and students can also just use laptops or IPad to make notes instead of using a minimum of 10 notebooks each year .They can just download the books onto the computers instead of buying a bunch of textbooks which are only used for a year and then those books are either thrown away or given to someone else.
Students wouldn’t have to carry excruciatingly heavy backpacks every day and instead they could just bring a laptop or an I-pad and if we actually do this, lesser quantities of papers will be used: this will also help the environment and money will also be saved. But unfortunately in every innovative idea while there are advantages there are also distinct disadvantages.
The students could start to rely too much on the electronic devices and if this goes on for a long time they could just forget how to write with their own hands. If they use the devices too much their eyesight can be weakened and to the students of the future, writing in books could be like writing on slabs of stones to us.
Although this is true, I believe that if we take proper care we can avoid these problems and create an ideal classroom. This is just what I believe, maybe you disagree and maybe you agree, everyone has their own opinions and you shouldn’t be afraid to give your opinions because those opinions could be what shape the future for better or for good.
Zahra Kokkar

Desire for a Change

One of the major problems that we are facing today is Global Warming. Polar caps and various places around the world are experiencing extreme heat and because of this we are observing droughts and increased rainfall all around the world.

I'm here to inform what's causing all this. Why is the world experiencing such a harsh condition right now? It is because we, the humans who inhabit this beautiful planet, are ruining it by the excessive use of fossil fuels. When combusted, these fossil fuels release greenhouse gases which trap heat taken from the Sun, increasing our temperatures a bit. We've been using it without thinking about the repercussions and as a result, there has been a drastic change all over the world. This is not the change that I want to happen. I weep a little bit inside every time I hear about this all over media. This is the only place we inhabit, we strive on, where we flourish and we can't even undo the mistakes we've done in the past as we have been too set on outdoing everyone instead of helping each other fix this huge problem.

Polar bears are losing their homes due to the ice caps melting. Places around the world are being flooded due to a large amount of rainfall caused by the increased temperatures. Millions and millions of species are losing their habitats as the consequence of human advancement. Every night, I ask myself: "Why?" "Why are we doing this to our world? "What did the animals do to deserve this pain?" I'm just a young teenager and yet I worry and think about our planet more than the adults, who may have the solutions to ending this nightmarish hell that's occurring, the adults who are clearly more intellectual and have more wisdom than me, the adults who are supposed to protect the kids of this planet, and yet why are they the ones who are harming us instead? The irony is too great for me to even think about.

That is why I wrote this, to tell you: our youth, our saviours, our future, that the world can still be saved. We can still put an end to this madness, and all I'm saying is that we can start from here. We can still change. My desire for a change is that we become rational human beings. As we are the future, we should think about solutions on how to solve this problem. We have been given the innate ability to think, so let's all utilise it effectively. All hope is not lost, as we are still here, living and breathing. As the Environmental President of the Oxford School, I challenge anyone and everyone to think of answers to the questions I have asked.
Thank you for reading this.

EM Club President

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Retired astronaut Dr Donald Thomas, who holds the world record - 1,040 hours over four missions between 1994 and 1997 - for the longest stay onboard a space station, visited the Oxford school on the 3rd of October 2016 to offer an insight into life in space including the hardships of training to be an astronaut and the experience of being in zero gravity.

Dr. Thomas first got inspired to be become an astronaut at the age of six when he saw early astronauts like Alan Shepard, John Glenn, and Neil Armstrong blast into space on his small black-and-white television. But the journey towards his goal was a bumpy one filled with challenges.

The first and second time he applied to the astronaut program, he was rejected. Even when he was invited by NASA for an interview in his third attempt, he was only accepted on his fourth try. It had taken him around ten years to finally get selected by NASA and by then he was thirty-five years old. The moral here is to never give up, the possibility of success is only zero percent when you give up until then anything is possible. 

"Keep your eyes on the stars." - Dr. Donald Thomas

Donald Thomas recounted his space adventures, amazing students with stories of orbiting planet Earth 692 times, sleeping while strapped into his bed on the space shuttle and traveling at an astonishing speed of 27,000 km/h so it only took eight and a half minutes to reach space. 

One of his main reasons for visiting the UAE was to encourage and prepare the next generation of adventurers. Evidently, the former astronaut didn't fail to highlight the importance of perseverance and his speech surely motivated the youth to chase their dreams.


Innovation, the catchphrase of the 21st century. The dernier cri of today. What does it mean? It originates from the Latin innovāre, meaning to renew or alter. To innovate means to make changes to something already established, especially by introducing new methods and ideas. Innovation is change.

We live in an age of connectivity and technology but, most importantly, we also live
in the age of information. In today’s world where every aspect of life is saturated
with information and complexities, advancements can be stale. In our strive to
achieve perfection in everything, mankind has created a frightening reality. In a
world where there are countless pages of text and hours and hours of videos on even
the most mundane tasks such as tying one's tie, it is nigh on impossible to invent or
innovate something that hasn’t already been done, or to imagine things that haven’t
already been thought of by countless others.

Gone are the days where we feared and rejected innovation. Gone are the days where one would be labeled rebellious or even blasphemous for trying to bring change in a system. Humanity has progressed so far so quickly, it’s almost frightening. Save a few, we have conquered every frontier. In this forbidding; the competitive world, it’s no longer enough to simply be good at what you do in order to progress. You need to be creative. You need to innovate.

Learning and innovation go hand in hand. The arrogance of success is to think that what you did yesterday will be sufficient for tomorrow.”

William Pollard

Innovative thinking is a valuable skill that helps tackle problems and challenges in new; smarter ways, to look at things in the new light and discover new information where there seemed to be none. Innovation sometimes also require that you challenge conventions that are widely accepted by all as fact.It was innovative thinking that led to the discovery that the earth was not the center of our solar system, and that the earth was indeed round and not flat. 

“Creativity, as has been said, consists largely of rearranging what we know in order to find out what we do not know. Hence, to think creatively, we must be able to look afresh at what we normally take for granted.”

George Kneller

So how do we innovate? Innovation is a type of skill that cannot be taught, if at all, the same way to each and every single person. So, unfortunately, you cannot simply read a book about it and become an innovative thinker. To change one's thinking might quite be one of the most difficult things to learn or teach. It requires a dedicated and focused mind with set goals. Sometimes it takes many thousands of failed attempts before one truly finds a single workable solution. 

 “The best way to have a good idea is to have a lot of ideas.”

Linus Pauling

So start thinking and let your mind wander, you might surprise yourself with the things you come up with.

m. Tahir Ansari