Citizens School launches start-up studio with 8billionideas to foster student-led ideas
UAE-based Citizens School has partnered with global education platform, 8billionideas, to build a unique programme centred around developing the entrepreneurial skillset for children, providing them with the opportunity to create and develop new ideas.
This collaborative initiative is a step forward in building the second pillar of the Citizens Tapestry. Students will get to work on an invention every week, have access to an entrepreneurial mentor, experience world-class lessons and experiences in the field, as well as take advantage of a Citizens Ventures funding programme. Children will be able to share their learnings among a close-knit community, giving them a real-time insight on future ways of working and equipping them with the necessary skill sets to emerge successful in their adult lives.
Dr. Adil Alzarooni, Founder, Citizens School Dubai said, “With recent statistics showing that around 40 percent of today’s nursey school children will need to be self-employed. We need to re-imagine learning to meet 21st-century needs. At Citizens our aim is to identify potential, stimulate passion, nurture talent and celebrate bravery to incubate the producers, performers, competitors, creators, innovators and thinkers of tomorrow. As one of the positive global disruptors in the education sector, 8billionideas is set on a mission to give every student on the planet the skills and belief to change the world. Leading cutting-edge innovation across education, their goals are very much aligned with our belief in learning as a lifelong process and preparing students for jobs that haven’t been created yet.”
David Harkin, CEO, 8billionideas added, “'We are so excited to be working with Citizens School to help bring to life the vision of the entrepreneurship strand of the Tapestry. We are big believers that the focus for children should be learning about real entrepreneurship, and they must be able to have confidence in articulating and developing their ideas. The joint collaboration will allow children to unlock their entrepreneurial spirit from the moment they enter the school. They will have the flexibility and room to be creative, building confidence and knowledge over time, so that as a Citizens student, they feel confident in changing the world in whatever way they wish in the future. 8billionideas can't wait to work closely with the team at Citizens and make this all possible.”
Having recently announced the launch of cryptocurrency as an accepted payment option at Citizens School, the latest announcement is an example of how Citizens School is committed to reimagining the education and helping to position Dubai as a global hub of learning excellence in a diversified knowledge economy.