Iman Al Amirah is an ambitious young education major at UAEU. She always wanted to do something for kids, and thought about starting a club that could make a difference for kids here in Al Ain. Now, Iman has turned that ambition into a reality with the Baraem Club.
Iman went on to explain the meaning of the club’s name, which is indicative of the club’s purpose. “Baraem is an Arabic word which means small flowers before blossoming, to symbolize children. We believe that children are so precious and significant to creating a better future. Therefore, if they were given the right care and education, they would flourish and positively contribute to the welfare of the society when they grow up, just like flowers, which blossom and give us the nice fragrance and appearance as well as vital benefits for the whole plant. Besides, they are as beautiful and delicate as flowers!”
I asked Iman if she feels comfortable with the current team. “[They are] such a hard-working team. We have a very friendly environment, and we are hoping our members will increase soon, as we have noticed how word of mouth played a role in getting us more attention from the university and even outsources such as the municipality, who called and asked us to be in charge of the kids’ books section at the book fair in Al Ain. The university is being so supportive about this; they are helping us by letting school kids in, coordinating with outsources and in all the other help we might need. I would like to thank Ms. Mouza El Ka’abi and Dr. Ali Al Ka’abi for their support and for encouraging us on keeping this going.”
That’s quite a reaction for a club that just got started. “This is our first semester,” Iman explained. “[We started] February 2012. Our first big event was on April 22, the Children’s Literature Forum. It included reading, PowerPoint presentations displaying stories,to educate them about kids. We had 150 kids in this event. It went on for three days and each day was for a different school. And for now, we want to start sending weekly emails to all UAEU students to educate them on different topics concerning kids.”
The students also have the challenge of managing their time between studies, exams, and Baraem Club meetings and events. “We complete each other’s tasks,” Iman said. “If any of us has exams, some other members would take their place. We are like a family now. We even have members who are mothers, and we all help in covering for each other and setting priorities when it comes to time management.”