Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Environmentalism (EIE)
We are here to develop an entrepreneurial mind-set in children, encouraging them to be innovative for positive social impact
At the core of the GEMS World Academy (GWA) mission, we are here to develop inquiring, reflective and caring leaders who will graduate from our school with the knowledge, skill and character to take action and create a better and more peaceful world.
With the ever-changing world, our role today is to prepare our students for the world that awaits them. In tomorrows’ world, students are far more likely to have to create their own employment since 65% of the jobs students will engage in do not exist today. We can’t prepare them for jobs that don’t yet exist so we are here to prepare them to be agile and adaptable in the face of profound shifts.
We are the only school in Dubai to be a signatory of the school commitment to the sustainable development goals.
Students will go into a constantly changing world that will require flexibility, creativity, collaboration and nimbleness to adapt to rapid change. Increasingly, our students will need to think like entrepreneurs. Moving the mind-set from ‘what do you want to be when you grow up’ to ‘what problem do you want to solve in the world?’.
“Entrepreneurship is the individuals ability to turn ideas into actions and is therefore a key competence for all, helping young people to be more creative and self-confident in whatever they undertake” – World Economic Forum 2011
As the Center of Excellence within the GEMS group for Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Environmentalism (and social impact), we are incorporating all three areas into the every-day life of each and every student starting from KG1 – Grade 12.
The school is seamlessly integrating these topics into the curriculum to build a culture of innovative thinking and an entrepreneurial mind-set in all students. We are here to ensure that we are offering students at GWA every opportunity to develop in these three pillars.
We embed entrepreneurship into the curriculum from Grade 3 to Grade 12
So, how does these come together? We see them as follows:
- Entrepreneurship is the development of key life skills
- Innovation is a mind-set
- Environmentalism and social impact are guiding principles
EIE will be an incubator for students’ ideas, offering mentoring opportunities, exposure to entrepreneurs and innovators, annual competitions and a hub for collaboration with the ultimate goal of developing and graduating students ready for the world that awaits them.