The Ministry of Education honored the student winners of the "Influential in Expo 2020" in digital content creation competition; which aims at highlighting the students' talents and creativity in providing world-class innovative digital content. The competition was launched during the "Knowledge and Learning Week" at Expo 2020, and received a high turnout of students, with 450 participants, 6 of which were selected in the "Content Creator" category and 5 in the "World Days" category.
Prizes worth of 110 Thousand AED have been allocated for the winners, with the objective of creating digital educational content covering cultural aspects and achievements of the participating pavilions. The competition also involved students conducting research on the World Days celebrated at Expo Dubai, such as International Women's Day, International Happiness day, World Education Day, World Wildlife Day, and World Water Day. Students are also preparing artistic work that embodies and enhances the importance of celebrating each International Day.
In addition to contributing to the objectives of the Ministry of Education in discovering and developing student talent, as well as building capacities in various areas of digital technology, the competition also enables students to compete locally and globally, enhancing their confidence and refining their personalities as world citizens.
Winners have been awarded in presence of H.E Dr Amna Al Dahak Al Shamsi, Assistant Undersecretary at the Activities and Care Sector from the UAE Ministry of Education, at the Ministry Building in Ajman, where 6 of the participants won in the "Content Creator" category; Khalifa Essam Ahmed, Hiam Al Hassani, Sultan Majid Al Badi, Athba Noah Al Zeyoudi, Jumana Ali Al Aidarous, and Janan Al Ali.
Also, five winning students were awarded in the World Day category; Abdulaziz Ali Al Dhabiani for the World Water Day; Nandana Suresh for the World Education Day; Maram Omar Hamza for the International Women's Day; Hoor Said Mohammed on World Wildlife Day; and Sarah Sultan Al Rumaithi for the International Happiness Day. In addition to honoring the Content Creator, Maytha Mohammed and paying tribute to her efforts in the content industry, as she was pleased with the presented content and stated that it has indeed enhanced students' abilities, developed their talents and inspired their creativity.
Dr. Amna Al-Dahak Al-Shamsi also stated, "This competition is considered the center of an integrated program for talented and passionate students in digital media content creation. This competition represents the talent identification stage in this program where it contributes to the discovery of the participants' media talents and shall be followed by support programs for talented and distinguished students in digital media content creation. This is aimed at developing and strengthening the Ministry's system of discovery and support for talented students."
The Ministry of Education has developed numerous programs and plans for the identification, support and development of talented and innovative people from primary to high school levels. The identification, support and leadership programs developed by the Ministry include the development of world class tools and methodologies for discovering talented students, placing them within academic enrichment programs, as well as the support and leadership programs that are commensurate with their talents and abilities, which in turn shall contribute to the country's global competitiveness and leadership.