‘Tackling the Tobacco Crisis in the UAE’ was the focus of this year’s New York University-Abu Dhabi’s brilliantly organised PHTT conference, led by students for students and held at the brand new Saadiyat Island campus in Abu Dhabi.
Eight students from HCT-Sharjah Women’s College (SWC) participated in the team-oriented event, where they had to work in mixed teams with students from eight different tertiary institutions.
The SWC’s Model UN members were Latifa Obaid, Kaltham, Mariam Al Qassab, Hamda Yacoub, Aisha Sultan, Asmaa Obaid, Hiba Abdulla and Noura Abdulla.
The delegates attended a variety of lectures from international experts in the field and then spent the rest of the weekend working collaboratively on the task to create a viable and effective campaign to tackle the growing crisis of teenage smoking in the UAE. The weekend culminated in a series of presentations by the delegate groups.
SWC student Hiba Abdulla’s team took out the first prize and with it a 3,000 dirham grant and the chance to put their winning plan into action as a pilot scheme in selected schools early next year. The team’s proposal was about using drama to educate young people about the dangers of tobacco addiction.
All of the SWC students agreed that the event was a wonderful experience. ” We enjoyed participating in the PHTT in NYU, it was a great experience. We learned a lot from that event such as working in a group with people of different backgrounds and discussing a critical issue for the UAE. It was great fun and a fantastic Learning By Doing experience,” they said.