I am very happy to be the President of the Board of Trustees of International Concept for Education, ICE at Dubai school. A former diplomat, I have lived in various foreign countries, especially in several Arab countries; I was the French Ambassador to Tunisia some years ago. I was also the Director of cooperation for Language and Education at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, so I am familiar with educational matters. I speak Arabic and I am familiar with the Arab culture; I know from experience how important it is, in diplomatic relations as well as in all social interactions, to be open to others, to understand and respect them and to keep calm in all circumstances. Those values are important in the world today. Our new school, ICE at Dubai, will teach them to its pupils: manners, social skills, etiquette and the respect of personal differences are an integral part of the school’s values.
The mission of our school is to educate citizens of the world, students who will be both open-minded, creative and respectful of others. Our aim is to educate citizens who will make a positive contribution to the multicultural world of tomorrow.
ICE is first and foremost a school founded on a bilingual education system as it teaches in French and in English. The French program brings in rigour and precision, personal efforts and academic excellence. The International Baccalaureate program educates the students to be autonomous, teaches them active learning and how to establish their own personal values. ICE is thus an original and innovative school that will dedicate a lot of time to teaching the Arabic language and the Arab culture to which I am personally so deeply attached. ICE is located in Dubai, in the heart of the Arab world, and it is very important that all our students know the history, the language and the culture of the country where they live.
Each student has his own personality, his talents and his potentials that the school must help develop. As a consequence, ICE accepts only a small number of students per class so as to provide to each of them the personal attention and care that he deserves and that will help him to reach his full potential in a school that fosters his well being and his success.