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His Excellency Humaid Mohammed Al Qatami UAE Minister of Education presents Sheikha Fatima Awards to 32 exceptional female GEMS students
- Held under the patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, UAE Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research
- Awards instituted in honour of Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak for her contributions to the empowerment of UAE women
Dubai, 10 December, 2013: His Excellency Humaid Mohammed Al Qatami – Minister of Education today, awarded the Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Award for Excellence to 32 girls from the GEMS network of schools across the Middle East, India and Africa. This is the ninth annual award ceremony and the prize winners each receive a scholarship to cover a year’s tuition fee at a GEMS school. The Awards were inaugurated by GEMS in 2005 with the patron of the awards HE Sheikh Nahayan Bin Mabarak Al Nahayan to honour Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, wife of late President His Highness Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, for her contributions to the empowerment of the UAE women, and her support for excellence in all areas. The event acknowledges Her Highness’ role as mother of the nation, and her vision to celebrate, and support women’s achievements and self determination. The award has traditionally recognized young women from GEMS Schools in the UAE. Since 2009, the award has been extended to all female students from GEMS Schools around the Middle East and India. Two young women from India and one from Jordan attended today’s prestigious awards ceremony and the rest of the girls represented a variety of GEMS schools across the UAE. One student from GEMS Cambridge International School – Nairobi was also recognized with the award but was unable to attend the ceremony. The youngest award winner this year was Rohanna Helen Myers, from year 4 of Royal Dubai School. At only 8 yrs. Old she has proved herself to be a highly motivated, independent learner who is keen to get involved in any opportunity offered to her. Her sporting skills were demonstrated when she joined the Manchester Soccer School in September as the only girl in the team! She has also demonstrated a desire to help others in the wider community by participating in a charitable activity for a school in India for Orphans. Vanshika Gupta from GEMS Cambridge International School, Pathankot, Punjab India was also awarded one of the prestigious awards. Nominated by five members of her school leadership team, she has achieved outstanding academic success and has demonstrated universal values through her help and support of students from varying backgrounds. Quito Tsui, from Jumeriah College was another member of the award winners. She was unable to attend the ceremony due to an interview for the prestigious Oxford University, as the highest GCSE scorer in year 11! She has also been involved in refugee programs and other charitable works which made her award entry even more special. All the award winners were nominated by their schools and were chosen based on a combination of their outstanding academic success, significant contribution to environmental concerns, high level of commitment to the communities they live in and their demonstration of world citizenship. Margaret Atack, Group Senior Director – Education, GEMS Education, congratulated the students, parents and teachers, and urged the winners to continue to pursue excellence in all future endeavours. “I am immensely proud of this years’ Sheikha Fatima Award winners, who have shown their commitment to achieve academically, at the same time demonstrating those skills, attributes and actions associated with active global citizens. GEMS schools support the development of our young future leaders and their valuable contributions to society.” The Award is another example of the commitment by GEMS Schools to recognize and celebrate the achievements of GEMS Students, while providing them with quality education.