Teach Middle East Magazine Apr - Jun 2020 Issue 3 Volume 7 - Page 32

Sharing Good Practice learning courses, and the mass media has invested considerable effort in questioning why home economics is not core to all learning. This wave of questioning emerged from the scholarly article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) authored by Lichenstein & Ludwig (2010), both medical practitioners, who argued forcefully that “…in the midst of a pediatric obesity epidemic and concerns about the poor diet quality of adolescents in the United States, instruction in basic food preparation and meal planning skills needs to be part of any long-term solution” and there is an urgent need to “bring home economics back” (p.1857). The emerging world of science and technology in UAE should go hand in hand with the refurbishment of the curriculum. The lack of Home Economics education in the UAE curriculum has led many people to not manage their life appropriately, which later on results in myriads of diseases such as obesity, high blood pressure, lack of Vitamin D and kwashiorkor, due to the scarcity of nutrients and poor cooking method “International Federation For Home Economics”, (2008). having its focus on the wellbeing of individuals and families in everyday living. Once students undertake this course, they will have a chance to choose later what they prefer to study in their lifelong journey. Home economics gives students courage, self-confidence, builds positive memories, and feelings of contributing to their families. When students are taught to cook, they will develop confidence, which later on they will help their parents during everyday life. This gives parents a helping hand when their children are at home. It makes parents proud of their children (Kral, Bannon, & Moore, 2016) and develops a sense of pride in the students themselves. This subject enables Boys and Girls from around the world, to learn essential key life skills that will allow them to master how to prepare nourishing meals, engaged in tactile experiences, such as handling foods. Home Economics classes can also allow students that are more inclined towards hands-on activities to flourish as they find themselves accessing a curriculum activity that gives them an opportunity to succeed in life (Drummond, 2011). Home Economics aids children in accepting responsibility through the task of completing and contributing to various activities such; as meal preparation, sewing a hem or knowing how to change a fuse in a socket. Also, Home Economics, with special emphasis on cooking in schools, builds positive memories for children promoting future healthy and enjoyable cooking. Improved changes in the curriculum for home economics changes the cooking and nutritional knowledge, as well as food safety behaviours. Home Economics classes are vital and should be part of the UAE national curriculum. There is a need for Home Economics to be taught across all UAE schools and at the tertiary level of education because it will give our students employment opportunity in different sectors across the UAE. Graduates could be employed as teachers, and within the consumer information agencies, agriculture, environment, sustainability and retail sectors, product development, fashion designing and merchandising, project planning, among others. Home economics enhances career development and instils life skills. It encourages motivation, teamwork and gives the student ample opportunity to choose their career (McCoy, 2019). Those who wish to study nutrition or health care will get many courses to select. Home economics is a comprehensive course that covers almost every field. It leads to a professional career that enables students from all walks of life to embrace its interdisciplinary subjects, 32 Term 3 Apr - Jun 2020 Denise Buttigieg Fiteni is currently living in AI Ain and is working with AI Ain Academy that forms part of the ALDAR ACADEMIES, where she is employed as Head of Faculty for Creativity and Enterprise. She is originally from Malta and has worked as a Home Economics teacher in various countries i.e. United Kingdom, Italy, Malta and UAE. Her mother tongue is English and Maltese, but she is also fluent in Italian and has mastered French and Arabic. Class Time