Everything has a beginning, Everyone has a story to tell. Thank you for your interest in our Pom-Story.
Back in September 2015, I decided to spend Eid at a refugee camp in Idomeni, Greece. Joined by a group of friends (all ladies) we went to Idomeni, a small village in Greece near the borders with the Republic of Macedonia. Since 2014, refugees (or safety seekers) from Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan and other countries from around the world, congregated at this informal camp -the largest in Greece- with more than 15,000 people crowding at the Macedonian border, in hope to continue their onward journey in search of a new place to call home. My friends & I decided to lend our linguistic skills as well as our capable minds, hands & hearts to assist the exhausted aid workers & volunteers.
Few days into our time at Idomeni camp, a charismatic Greek lady approached me, Evelina. I was stacking shoe boxes for the next group of refugees that was about to approach our tent for more suitable footwear to carry them to their next destination. Her face was calm & comforting, "I have something for you Mariam", she said softly. "Open your hands please"- carefully she placed a perfectly shaped pomegranate into the palm of my hand. Thankful yet surprised I asked her: 'Why a pomegranate?' She responded confidently: 'In Greece, the pomegranate fruit stands for all the good things in life. Happiness, luck, fertility, abundance, a blessing for newlyweds. The seeds of this fruit resemble the day of our lives and the opportunities that arise along the way, ready to be embraced.' A hug & a car ride later & I found myself researching 'what else', pomegranates back in my hotel room in Thessaloniki.
Surprised, yet enthused I read that the pomegranate fruit has been used throughout history and in virtually every religion as a symbol of humanity's central beliefs and ideas, namely, life and death, rebirth and eternal life, fertility and marriage, and abundance.
Education symbolises help for self-help. Empowering individuals through the means of education is something us 'Pom-tarians' firmly believe in. Our combined background, education & experience qualify us to help individuals to improve their quality of life. Our aim is to help learners reach a better understanding of what they are truly capable of.
We want Pomegranate Institute to be an inspirational leader in the fields of Languages, Culture & Professional Development- for all of those wishing to master the tools of successful communication.
Our super flexible & proficient Pom-Team focuses on people of all ages, background & cultures. We offer 20 languages (and counting), Intercultural Understanding, Personal & Professional Development. Whether face to face, at our beautiful institute in Al Barsha, virtually with a global outreach or in your company's premises.
We are the masters of innovative fun-learning techniques & we seek inspiration from our students, families, friends & our environment.
Mastering a new language can serve as an icebreaker, a connector, an added competitive value on your CV. It makes the world a smaller place & turns us into global citizens. Multi-Language Classes (MLC) for the eager learners, acquiring three languages in the same course! For those seeking an alternate way of non-verbal communication- we highly recommend sign language- eyes become the ears & hands become the mouth!
Not even few months into business & we have already won a recognition award & created strategic partnerships across the globe to send & receive our learners to show them the best of us & our partners.
Sources disagree about how many seeds a pomegranate holds. Some estimate the number to exactly 613, some allow for a rounding up & down of +/- 200, yet others believe that all pomegranates have the exact same number of seeds. I personally liked the idea of 365 seeds- one for each day, opportunity & lesson.
Upon my return to Dubai- no time was wasted. A fruitful chat with my French teacher & friend Marie & couple of coffee top-ups later- et voilà – our vision board took shape & colour, as well as a name: Pomegranate Institute- Seeds of Knowledge!
We worked relentlessly to put together a Dubai-worthy concept, a pom-tastic team & a philosophy to make education available to everyone, everywhere, anytime. Especially to those, who have a hunger for it, yet cannot find access to it- for whatever reason! With us, they have a team, a place, a promise & future.
Research states, that the best time to plant pomegranate seeds is in mid-winter so that they can have a couple of months to grow before spring planting season. The doors to our institute opened in December 2016, currently witnessing the growth & blossoming of our seeds of knowledge. Our secret ingredients for juicy pomegranates: passion, dedication, honesty, a family-like atmosphere & lots of smiles!
Empowering learners with the right set of skills, know-how & winning attitude. With our relentless CSR efforts, we aim to reach those in need & with a craving for education. This is one of our founding pillars of the institute- whoever wishes to learn - Be our guest!