Aspire Academy recently organised ‘8th Annual Aspire Global Citizenship Day’ at Dormitory Green Area. The event featured culture and colours of sixty-five nationalities under one roof. Aspire Academy organises the event each year to celebrate and introduce student-athletes to cultural and ethnic diversity that is paramount to the success of the Academy.
To mark the event, Aspire Academy staff turned out in outfits and regalia representative of their countries of origin while showcasing their country’s heritage, food, historical artefacts and other exhibits. Teachers were joined by parents and staff from different foreign embassies in Qatar at their respective national stands.
Speaking about the event, Jassim al-Jaber, Principal of Aspire Academy, said, “Aspire Academy is made up of staff and students who come from a variety of ethnic and religious backgrounds, which presents a unique learning opportunity for students. The Academy’s diverse workforce exposes student-athletes to people from all over the world, helping develop well-rounded, adaptable and well-educated sports champions.” Salah al-Yafii, Head of Leadership Development at Aspire Academy, added, “Aspire Global Citizenship Day is one of the highlights of our academic year and brings an immense amount of enjoyment and satisfaction to all involved. The value and importance of this annual celebration to our community is immense and we learn so much more from each other. You can clearly see it is thoroughly enjoyed by everyone involved and the turnout is huge, especially from students.”
“This is a fantastic initiative from Aspire, which allows our students to see and experience different cultures from around the world. As international athletes, our students should be exposed to these type of initiatives and opportunities, so they can experience these before they travel and as they interact with people from around the world,” said John Erickson, Education Technology Specialist at Aspire from the US. Aspire students thronged to the Green Area. Hamad Al Amri, a student of Aspire, said, “This initiative helps me learn about other countries and when l travel for competitions to some of these places the knowledge l already have gathered from Aspire’s Global Citizenship Day comes in handy, so it’s a really helpful and enjoyable event.”
Mohamed Ali Alserooqi, team member of Aspire Academy School Leadership Development, said, “There are more than 60 nationalities from around the world at Aspire Academy, which presents a unique opportunity for the students and faculty to learn about and interact with different cultures and traditions, gaining valuable insights. This day plays a critical role in supporting our efforts to develop students who possess a well-rounded global perspective.”
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