Mohamed AbouGhonim, PGCEI, Chemistry Teacher, Yasmina British Academy (YBA), UAE

Mohamed AbouGhonim is a highly experienced professional with over 13 years of teaching and training expertise, specializing in high-school chemistry and science subjects. Mohamed holds various certifications, including being a chemistry teacher, Apple Teacher, Google Certified Trainer, and Microsoft Certified Innovative Educator. He actively contributes to the educator community and is a member of the National Science Teacher Association. Additionally, he is a certified robotics trainer, enhancing his skills in STEM best practices.


It has been said that “education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Mandela, Nelson

The United Arab Emirates has lofty goals that aim to make its population a driving force in sustainable global innovation and connectivity. The goals of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) align nicely with the tenets of the International Baccalaureate (IB) programme. IB plays a crucial role in creating the forward-thinking leaders and pioneers that embody the UAE’s vision by moulding impressionable young minds into persons who are adaptive, inquiring, and morally anchored.

After more than a decade of teaching chemistry in the United Arab Emirates, I can look back and see how chemistry education has changed. There is a wide variety of pedagogical approaches taught in schools across the country, each with its own cultural roots. From the solid groundwork of the American curriculum to the in-depth exploration of AP Chemistry to the comprehensive enfoldment of IB Chemistry, each path offers its own unique academic benefits.

The IB route, however, stands out as the most appealing option for a number of reasons:

IB’s emphasis on incorporating chemistry into a broader academic fabric guarantees students obtain a panoramic vision, allowing them to attach chemical precepts to fields as diverse as environmental sciences and global geopolitics, which is essential in today’s interconnected world.

Students who complete the IB programme will be well-versed in the myriad challenges and possibilities that make up our common global story because of the program’s emphasis on internationalism.

The complex issues of the twenty-first century demand that students develop their capacities for inquiry and critical thinking. Now more than ever, society requires people who can both think critically and take action. IB’s emphasis on inquiry-based learning and projects like the Extended Essay help students hone their critical thinking skills.

When moving forward into the future, we face more and more ethical dilemmas, such as how to responsibly care for the environment or how to weigh the moral implications of scientific advances. The IB curriculum not only provides students with the information they need to face these difficulties, but also the moral compass to guide them.

To sum up, while all instructional methods have their advantages, the IB Chemistry programme stands out as a leader due to its focus on the big picture and preparation for the future. It does more than just help kids do well in chemistry classes; it equips them to be leaders in the world who are well-informed, ethical, and responsible. Because of how well its guiding principles mesh with the UAE’s forward-looking orientation, the IB is an excellent option for educating the country’s future leaders.

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