‘Our Summer is Special’ programme enriches value of student volunteering during Year of Giving

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ABU DHABI, 2nd July, 2017 (WAM) — The ‘Our Summer is Special’ programme, organised by the Abu Dhabi Education Council, ADEC, which will run until 20th July 2017, aims to promote the culture of volunteer work and giving among students.

ADEC is seeking, through the programme, to support students by encouraging them to work during their summer vacations to benefit society, while running a series of scientific, artistic, sporting, cultural and heritage activities that aim to highlight their volunteer work, in compliance with the nation’s vision of the #Year of Giving.

During a survey by the Emirates News Agency, WAM, at the start of the programme’s activities, officials, students and parents said that the programme is an important activity that enriches the value of volunteer work among students, especially as it includes community service hours.

The programme consists of six main areas, including artistic, patriotic, creative, volunteer, entertainment and competitive programmes.

Mohammed Salem Al Dhaheri, Executive Director of School Operations in ADEC, said that the programme is in line with the UAE leadership’s initiative to make 2017 the Year of Giving, adding that the programme’s goals include enriching the values of giving, volunteering and community service.

Al Dhaheri explained that the council will implement the ‘Summer of Challenge 2017’ programme, which consists of academic workshops for students to strengthen their skills in the English language and Information Technology to prepare them for the IELTS exam, as well as the ‘Leaders of the Future’ programme, a social media programme, an entrepreneurship programme, a 3D printing programme, a Microsoft Office skills programme, and programmes in graphic design skills and an introduction to innovation.

This year’s programme aims to enrich values of giving as a community approach through many activities, which seeks to develop the skills of students.

As for sports activities, the programme will include Jiu-Jitsu training, to develop the skills of talented students and motivate them to reach the highest international standards, complying with the selection of Abu Dhabi as the global capital of Jiu-Jitsu.

The programme will also include community service and volunteering hours, in line with the vision of the Year of Giving, to contribute to building the personalities of students by enriching their values of social responsibility, loyalty, belonging and preserving the nation’s heritage.

Source: WAM/Nour Salman