The Seeds of Creativity, Innovation, and Learning

Tempo loves creativity, innovation, and learning. This issue is dedicated to all three.

I want to start with a famous quote by Nelson Mandela whose teachings on education were celebrated internationally this past month as Nelson Mandela Day.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”,

…said the great Nelson Mandela, an icon I was very fortunate to have met as a journalist during his UAE visit in 2000. “Without education, your children can never really meet the challenges they will face. It’s very important to give children education and explain that they should play a role for their country.”


Echoing this, the UN’s Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said,

“Be part of the Mandela movement to make the world a better place. This is the best tribute to an extraordinary man who, with his steadfast belief in justice and human equality, showed how one person can make a difference.”


In the spirit of the Mandela movement on the importance of education, we launch a series on the fellows of the Shamsa bint Mohammad Al Nahyan Fellowships in Early Education. This crop of young Emirati women are emerging as leaders of knowledge in the seminal field of childhood education. We kick off the series with Khawla Saleh who shares her personal story and the findings of her work. She credits the fellowship for giving her the knowledge and skills to guide parents about the important milestones in child development, and on the importance of setting realistic goals and expectations for their children.

The process of true learning and innovation takes place when you unlock the creative potential of young minds. This is why Tempo is pleased to be partnering with The District, an exciting event being held as part of the Abu Dhabi Summer Season from August 18 to September 17 on Yas Island. The lineup, which targets youth aged 14 to 22 years old, offers places and events for youth to play, create, explore and find inspiration.

In the personal empowerment space we feature Vandana Mendonca, an experienced practitioner who guides people in the self-fulfillment of their potential, and on the topic of technological innovation we have a piece by our own Tomislav Buljubasic on the emerging trends that will shape our lives in the future.

Tempo is happy to be spreading the learning virus and the seeding of creativity in young minds. We are doing this through our support for Camp Imagination which takes place August 7 to 11. Check out the Moxie Zone Facebook page for more details. We’re also pleased to be promoting Project Math and Coding, a cool new initiative that engages kids through numbers, shapes and patterns. And be sure to pencil in the 27th of August, for the amazing Lego Challenge Day!


Learn something new and have a productive summer everyone!


– Sana Bagersh

Managing Editor



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