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Middle East’s First ‘7billionideas’ Workshop Boosts Entrepreneurial Spirit Among Students

All set to enter the exciting realm of entrepreneurship, hundreds of school children, aged 3-11, gathered at the Arcadia school campus on Saturday, 7th January to discuss and realise their unique ideas for a positive social cause.

Located in Dubai’s Jumeirah Village Triangle, Arcadia teamed up with UK-based ideas company ‘7billionideas’ to teach young children the basics of entrepreneurship. Students, parents, and top educationists, across several nationalities, partook in the highly informative first 7billionideas workshop spearheaded by CEO of 7billionideas David Harkin. CEO of leading job portal Rabea Ataya, CEO of the Arcadia Preparatory School Navin Valrani, and Founding Principal Graham Beale actively interacted with all event attendees.

Rabea proceeded to give the opening speech to a packed auditorium and said,

“UAE has always had a long legacy which encourages young businessmen and women. The growth of this great nation is the direct result of a thriving entrepreneurial spirit. Programmes like 7billionideas will foster this spirit and give birth to the next generation of entrepreneurs in the UAE.”

Commenting on the long-term benefits of the programme on students, David said,

“Arcadia is the first school in the Middle East to work in partnerships with 7billionideas. The programme prepares students for long-term academic excellence and motivates them to work towards career achievement of students in the UAE.”

Commenting on the success of the first edition of the event, Navin said,

“We are thrilled that the response from parents and students for the event has been so positive. The initiative has been implemented for pupils from FS1 and upward and will allow them to dream big about the possibility of their ideas.”

“We’re delighted to be the first school in the Middle East to host our first 7billionideas workshop. It’s a great opportunity for all children to learn from seasoned entrepreneurs. We look forward to many such workshops in 2017,” added Graham.

Students attended a session hosted by 7billionideas from 10am to 12pm and were encouraged to participate in several other activities that were designed to develop teamwork, presentation skills, public speaking, and listening skills by combining idea generation and development. The event was open to students from the across the Emirates.

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