The HCT-Abu Dhabi Women’s College (ADWC) recently held a week-long festival of events held under the banner of ‘Spring Carnival’ at both its City and Khalifa City campuses.
The festival was organised by the Student Services Department with great support from the Campus Student Council (CSC) and The Baader Volunteering Club, who volunteered their organisational skills and imagination.
The festivities saw the Abu Dhabi Police School Arm female officers demonstrated to students how to handle firearms, which turned out to be very popular activity. Students from the Abu Dhabi Indian School put on a display of peacock dancing by the girls, while the boys entertained by singing and playing music that included singing in Arabic, much to the delight of the audience.
Students were also treated to a ‘Wanasa’ international performance put on by some Russian dancers to raise the spirits and get people into a happy and positive mood, a lively drum and dancing act and viewings of an Indian film.
Both campuses also hosted bazaars throughout the week, with a variety of tempting items to buy. This was joined by a Food Festival with eight participating restaurants serving many varieties of foods such as Emirati, Turkish, Lebanese and Indian.
Students had the opportunity to participate in many game and activities with a Games Area, Horror House, Sports Fun Day (with a water gun fight) and the very popular UAE National Games.
The UAE National Games are a pioneer system of learning goal-based games. Targeted towards learners of all ages, these games teach important and difficult to teach concepts in a fun way, and comprise of both educational and entertainment games.
Founded and designed by Monah Al Junaibi, the CEO of Quality for Life, the UAE National Games are based on a curriculum called AP&L (Act, Play & Learn). The AP&L Curriculum is composed of 11 disciplines: ESTEEM GAMES – Ethics, Science, Technology, Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Maths, Global Citizenship, Art, Music, Entrepreneurship and Health Sciences.
Game facilitators play the games with the participants and evaluate their game performance. Towards the end of the game, participants know their game scores or records. The highest scores and the best record makers in an event win exciting prizes!
Students at ADWC’s Khalifa Campus were delighted to participate and win certificates. “We should play more games like these as a part of our regular college day,” Najwa, a Bachelor of Applied Science in Computer Information Systems, (Security and Forensics), student commented.
Students were engrossed in improving their game performance. They had a selection of games to play, ranging from The Lego Leader to Dominoes. They also tested their mettle at creating the shortest Cup Stacker Record as well as the Rubic Cubic.
An important message for students is to learn to play as a team, demonstrate leadership and commendable ethical practices.