Students have many opportunities to develop their leadership skills at Dubai American Academy and beyond. Ambassadors, Student Council members and the Innovation Team of students welcome new members to our community, take part in sustainability initiatives and sharing their knowledge through coding labs and workshops.
The Middle School Student Council is dedicated to providing leadership opportunities for students, providing services to the school and community, and making the lives of students more enjoyable. Students selected for the Student Council are assigned roles and responsibilities which develop their sense of responsibility and confidence. The Middle School Ambassadors help to welcome new students into the Middle School while developing their own leadership skills. Throughout the year the Ambassadors lead other Middle School students in community building activities. They lead transitional activities for the incoming Grade 6 classes as well as being buddied up with new students entering DAA throughout the year to help ensure a smooth transition.
There are many leadership opportunities in the highschool with student-led clubs and activities as part of CAS such as Model United Nations, TEDx and student organizations. The high school student government serves as a link between students and teachers, organizes social activities, and assists the greater school community in various events and activities throughout the year. Student government members are leaders who demonstrate the qualities of exceptional and successful students. The Co-presidents of the Student Government also serve on the DAA’s Local Advisory Board.
High School Presidents
My name is Leah Ishak, one of the co-presidents of DAA 20-21. I have been at DAA for 12 years. I ran for the role of Student Body President to further engage with all the diverse students at DAA and further elevate the feeling of belonging in our school. As the founder of the club “Girls Supporting Girls” and my consistent participation in mental health advocacy in our school, the “Culture of Kindness” campaign at DAA is always a top priority in my agenda, as students’ wellbeing is crucial to memorable high school life.
My name is Pranu Prakash, one of the co-president of DAA 2020-2021. I have been at DAA for 6 years. During such tense times of the COVID pandemic, it has been a priority of mine to tend to the mental well being of students, not only of DAA but of other communities in the world. I, therefore, started an initiative, in rural India, that furthered the dissemination of knowledge, simultaneously caring for the mental health of students, faculty, and the general public. I gain pleasure and comfort when knowing my actions have the possibility of resulting in multiplier effects of positive impact and serve as a catalyst of change, empowering students and children from across the world.
As co-presidents, we have expanded our knowledge and familiarized ourselves with the “Behind the Scenes'' aspects of running a student body, further widening our scope for imagination and intrigue. Our job became all the more difficult when we encountered the COVID-19 pandemic, forcing us to adapt all Student Government events to a safe and remote environment. However, with the hard work of all Student Government and Cabinet members, the DAA Administration, and the student body, our job has become a reward. In regard to our future plans, we are working closely with representatives of the school to adapt DAA traditions to appeal to both students online and on-campus. We have done this already for the Back to School BBQ, Spirit Weeks, and Thanksgiving. We are aiming to do this for the remainder of the events. As always, it is an honor to represent the school that has become our home!