GEMS World Academy - Abu Dhabi hosted a group of student delegates from Bahrain and Kuwait as part of the ‘One School One Country’ initiative, an integral part of WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017, the 44th edition of the international vocational skills contest, taking place at ADNEC, Abu Dhabi until October 19.
Through the ‘One School One Country’ programme, schoolchildren and members of WorldSkills national teams learn about each other lives and cultures, while increasing international awareness of vocational skills. Abu Dhabi is hosting the largest-ever gathering in its 67-year old history of the WorldSkills Competition. The gathering rotates to a new country every two years,
The event is being hosted by the Abu Dhabi Centre for Technical and Vocational Education (ACTVET), under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and the Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.
Linda LaPine, Principal and CEO of GEMS World Academy, said: “The WorldSkills Competition represents a great opportunity for our students to learn more about skills from diverse field such as construction, building technology, engineering technology, and health and social care. The event is not only an opportunity for our students to interact with thousands of the brightest national and international students from different cultures but also foster their vocational skills needed for a successful career.”
The ‘One School One Country’ visit saw the presence of official and technical delegates from Bahrain and Kuwait as well as staff, teachers, and students from GEMS World Academy Abu Dhabi. The Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge selected GEMS World Academy to host these delegates due to their exceptional track record of the school’s educational events.
Dr. Mohamed Al Seddiqi, Director of Technical and Vocational Education at Kingdom of Bahrain Ministry of Education, said: “We represent the Kingdom of Bahrain at the WorldSkills Competition in Abu Dhabi. Six students and six highly skilled professionals will share their expertise and demonstrate the power of vocational skills to bring about real change to individuals and communities beyond the WorldSkills Competition.”
GEMS World Academy Abu Dhabi led a campus tour for the delegation, shared educational information and engaged guests in various performances.
Fawaz Gaith, representative of the Kuwaiti Delegation, said: “Our graduates from vocational education and training institutes in Kuwait will represent the country in the WorldSkills Competition. They will showcase their projects in two areas: welding and information technology software for social solutions. Our main aim of this participation is not only about winning and losing; it is about hard work and about thriving on a challenge. Interacting with students from all over the world is another advantage of participating in the WorldSkills Competition.”
This year, WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017 will witness 1,300 competitors from over 60 member countries across the globe compete to be the very best in their chosen skills. Over 110,000 visitors including 80,000 schoolchildren from the UAE are expected to attend.
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