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Victoria International School of Sharjah takes part in Guinness World Record attempt
VISS Primary School student and World Education Games UAE Ambassador, Zeena Zahidah, leads the way with tablet computers
Wednesday, March 6, 2013 – Sharjah, UAE: This week, students of Victoria International School of Sharjah (VISS) have been taking part in an official Guinness World Record attempt to achieve the greatest participation in an online game. Using tablet computers, they were encouraged to participate in the UNICEF World Education Games (WEG) by Grade 4 fellow student Zeena Zahidah, who was selected as one of two WEG Ambassadors for the Middle East.
Yesterday’s World Literacy Day saw hundreds of senior and primary VISS students aged from four to 18 bring in their tablet computers from home and get involved, challenging students from across the world in the online literacy competition. In the build-up to the three-day challenge, VISS students were shown how to download the necessary free apps onto their tablet computers and they have been honing their skills, practicing with the online warm-up activities. The games continue today with World Maths Day, and tomorrow with World Science Day.
Zeena is part of VISS’s challenging Enrichment and Extension Program, designed to enrich the curriculum in the Primary School, particularly creativity and rigor in Science, Mathematics and Technology. She was nominated for the coveted ambassador role by Graham Gordon, the school’s Enrichment and Extension Specialist, for being an academically versatile all-rounder and for her excellent problem solving ability, interpersonal skills and enthusiasm for her studies.
“The World Education Games is run by the same organization that operates Mathletics and the Middle East Math Challenge, which are very popular with the students, so we knew they would be keen to get involved in this exciting challenge as well,” said Graham Gordon – Extension & Enrichment Coordinator. “This has been an extremely valuable opportunity for Zeena, and for the whole school, to represent education in the region on the world stage.”
As well as the games being an enjoyable and challenging Enrichment and Extension activity, WEG also provided the opportunity for the students of VISS to fundraise for the UNICEF (United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund) “School-in-a-Box” project. The project provides a ready-made kit of classroom supplies and materials to schools where children’s access has been limited by poverty and/or crisis. Each School-in-a-Box gives around 80 children the opportunity to start school and will have an immediate, tangible impact in poor communities. VISS students were asked to each bring in a donation of AED 10 to participate in the games.
“I was very excited and honored when I was chosen to be an ambassador.” said Zeena “I liked that we were helping UNICEF provide education materials for children around the world less fortunate than us at VISS through the School-In-A-Box project. My role as World Education Ambassador for the UAE meant that I had to encourage students, not just from VISS, but also from all over the UAE, and the Middle East to participate in the games and raise money for UNICEF. I created an online Ambassador profile, spoke on assembly and wrote three posts for the official WEG blog. It’s pretty scary speaking on assembly but I really enjoyed it” says Zeena.
About Victoria International School Sharjah: The Victoria International School of Sharjah (VISS) – a school which seeks to be the leading school in the region, was established by The Ruler of Sharjah; His Highness Shaikh Dr Sultan Bin Mohammed Al-Qasimi, in conjunction with the State of Victoria, in Australia, to provide students with an excellent all-round education so they can become responsible global citizens as the leaders of tomorrow. At VISS, we are committed to providing each student with powerful, lifelong learning tools in an ever-challenging and personally rewarding environment. To be a student at VISS means to access opportunity – the opportunity to learn, develop and excel.
My name is Noof Tarig from Doha, Qatar and I’m one of the Middle-East Ambassadors for the World Education Games 2013.
I am a student of Al Maha Academy for Girls. My school has unique characteristics. It is recognized as a British school with Islamic identity.
When the news came that I was being chosen as an Ambassador, I felt myself privileged and honored. I remember that we took part in a maths competition in 2012 and we came third in Qatar. It was a great experience for us all and we learned lots of things.
Now we are gearing up for World Math Day. My team is busy making posters and displays to motivate our school students. Next week I will address other primary and secondary students and encourage them to be part of this competition. I am sure this is going to be another exciting opportunity for us and a great learning process.
Good luck to all!
Hello and greetings to all, from the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E).
I am Zeena Zahidah, the U.A.E Ambassador for the UNICEF World Education Games. At my school, (Victoria International School of Sharjah – VISS) I am, with the help of my friends (Latifa, Anastasiya, Noor, Kris and Annanya) encouraging all students in the Senior and Primary sections of the school to participate in the World Education Games and fundraise and donate to the UNICEF School-In-A-Box project. As part of this I spoke to the school assembly last week and have put information in this week’s newsletter.
The School-In-A-Box project is a wonderful program that is run by UNICEF which provides education materials for children around the world less fortunate than us at VISS. In my role as the UAE Ambassador for WEG I encourage all students, not just the U.A.E. but throughout the whole Middle-East, to get their school involved and to raise money for UNICEF.
The excitement as the Games approach is building. Students are downloading the apps and doing the warm up activities. Already quite a bit of money has been donated for UNICEF. So get involved and help the World Education Games be successful in its official Guinness Book of Records challenges (that is to be the world’s largest online Literacy, Science and Math competitions) and also help UNICEF to help children around the world.
I am thrilled to be selected as a WEG Ambassador. I send my love and best wishes to students all over the world. Come and join the World Education Games; have fun and learn while supporting UNICEF’s “School-in-a-Box” education program.
I have been active with WEG presentations at our school in Karachi. We visited another school last week promoting WEG and had a great reception. We found the students and teachers were very keen to hear about WEG, they tried Maths, Science and Spelling games.
We have plans to visit other schools this week. Our school opening day is coming and we will certainly have fun with the WEG games. We are making efforts to support UNICEF.
I want to encourage and motivate Team Pakistan to get involved with WEG.
Remember, you will be learning and having fun with others from all over the world.
Click here to listen to our national song “My Message Pakistan” played by me and my brother Azmi.
GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!
I am a grade 4 student at the Victoria International School of Sharjah (VISS). Sharjah is one of the seven emirates that make up the UAE. It is next to Dubai. We can see the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, which is in Dubai, from our school. I was born in Jordan but have lived in the UAE most of my life. My hobbies are horse riding, singing, reading and dancing (but not all at the same time!)
Tomorrow I will be speaking at the school assembly about the UNICEF World Education Games (WEG) encouraging as many students as possible to take part. I will be asking students to bring their tablet computers with the apps loaded to get ready for the big day(s). VISS is a very exciting and encouraging school with wonderful teachers and students. We are looking forward to participating in the games and to share information about the good work UNICEF does around the world. I would also like to thank Samsung for their support of the Games. GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE!
I hope you all enjoyed the World Education Games as much as we did in Qatar! I can’t wait for the Games in 2013! It will be great!
I have really enjoyed being ambassador, and I would love to do it again! This is my last blog post as an ambassador, and I hope you have all enjoyed my other posts!
Thank you for everyone’s efforts this year and congratulations to all the winners! I hope to see you next year!
Lisa in Qatar
The Games are officially over! Thank you to every one who has participated in this event and has raised money for UNICEF School-in-a-Box.
I hope everyone has had fun during the World Education Games as this is what the Games is all about when your competing with people around the world.
I am very greatful for having the opportunity as an Ambassador for the UAE.
Good luck and enjoy the easter break!
I would like to take this moment to congratulate every student that competed in this competition and everyone that finished all the 50 games. Our school the Australian International School has shown her competitive skills by having at least 3 of the most impressive students in the top hundred leader board and 1 group in the top ten in both age categories of 8-10 and 11-13. This is still pending verification though!
I also can’t forget the other UAE schools and their efforts. Special mention to Saif from Al Dhafra. Nice work Saif, good on you. You have bought honor to the UAE!
Again I would like to congratulate all the students that competed.
Good on you guys.