His Royal Highness Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, honoured 14 students from GEMS Cambridge International School – Abu Dhabi with the ‘Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award’ (iDEA) Bronze Award, for their entrepreneurial and digital skills.
iDEA, instituted by the Duke of York, aims to equip young people with digital and enterprise skills. And wherever they are – on the bus, at school, or in their bedroom – students can access resources to inspire them for their future careers and help unlock their potential.
During his visit to the school, the Duke of York also unveiled a plaque and inaugurated the iDEA Labs, established by the school for its students. “The aim of the iDEA programme is to help young people become digital citizens, wherever they are in the world. I was delighted to meet so many imaginative students at GEMS Cambridge International School and to hear how they are improving their digital literacy skills on the programme,” he said.
Over at GEMS Wellington International School – Dubai, the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award encouraged 14-24-year-olds to learn practical skills that are valuable to their personal and professional development. More than 100 students at GEMS Wellington engaged in over six weeks of this exciting programme through a series of fascinating and structured sessions, including camp craft, cooking, navigation, team building, first aid, and keeping an online record book.
All of the students enroled on the Duke of Edinburgh programme at GEMS Wellington International School are working towards either Bronze, Silver or Gold level awards. Whatever the level, though, it is a huge achievement and shows dedication, commitment and life skills, all of which are vital both in school and later in life.