Greeting from the Principal of the School
“The knowledge you possess is more valuable than wealth. For wealth may be lost, but knowledge remains with you forever.” [Al-Farabi]
My name is Kai Darmstädter, I was born in 1966. For the past 14 years I have worked as a vice principal at two comprehensive schools in Hesse, Germany. Prior to that, I spent eight and a half years as a foreign service teacher at the DIS Sydney in Australia. This school also ran, like the DIS Doha, from kindergarten to GIB. Already there, I was able to learn a lot about German schools abroad. However, every school is different and so I depend on your help to get to know the DIS Doha well.
My place of residence is in Southern Hesse, pretty much in the middle between Frankfurt and Heidelberg and not far away from the borders to Bavaria, Baden Württemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate. Even to France it is only 115km.
I am married and have two children. My son is 16 years old and wants to become a certified forester. Therefore, he initially stayed in Germany for his commencing education with my wife and I left with my daughter, who now attends class 9 here.
Very good work is being done at the DIS Doha. The school has shown particular courage in embarking on the path of personalized learning. I am looking forward to accompanying this challenging task. In the area of German as a Foreign Language, the school has likewise made great efforts to refine the concept. I mention these two areas of focus because they also appear in the school’s support goals. Of course, there are many other areas in which great commitment is evident.
I attach particular importance to constructive and respectful interaction with one another. Especially at school, we need role models who act and work in a purposeful manner. We all come together here to achieve one goal: To provide students with the best possible education and to raise them to become responsible citizens. We should remember this every day, especially when we disagree. Next to our health, our greatest treasure is education. Who could have put it more aptly than the philosopher Al-Farabi:
“The knowledge you possess is more valuable than wealth. For wealth may be lost, but knowledge remains with you forever.”
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