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“Mad” English Woman, Greta Thunberg, GEMS and Dubai Expo. Children join UAE Government to Make a Difference.
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“Mad” English Woman, Greta Thunberg, GEMS and Dubai Expo. Children join UAE Government to Make a Difference.

by Jon WestleyNovember 1, 2020

“I am as mad as a box of frogs.


Now I see what is possible when you have an Army of Greta Thunbergs.

You can achieve anything.”

Melanie Harwood. CEO and Disruptor. EduuCCate Global. 


“When everything is falling apart, everyone of us has to be there to pick up the pieces.”

Asha Alexander. CEO and Principal. GEMS’ The Kindergarten Starters. Climate Leader GEMS Education.



A story of how Dubai Government and KHDA engagement with an often cynical world may very well change it as they welcome children from around the world to Dubai Expo to make a difference…

GEMS Education is hosting the world’s first Schools Conference of Parties Expo (SCOPE)  as part of Dubai Expo 2020 on 24-25 October 2020. The two-day event will “empower students to explore solutions to climate change, and use their creativity to express their passions and concerns about climate change.” 

Young people from 40 countries including the UAE, India, Costa Rica and Australia will attend the event. 

Hosted by GEMS’ Kindergarten Starters, the event is supported The One UN Climate Change Learning Partnership (UN CC:Learn) and Expo 2020 Dubai.

GEMS’ Kindergarten Starters is the first school in the world where every teacher in every classroom is an accredited eduCCAte Global climate change teacher.

Special guests in attendance include the world’s youngest green activist Licypriya Kangujam. The nine-year-old is founder of The Child Movement and will be joined by 16-year-old Leah Namugerwa, an environmental activist from Uganda who, inspired by Greta Thunberg, has led student protests for climate change.

Other attendees include Melanie Harwood, co-founder of Harwood Education and eduCCate Global; Niclas Svenningsen, Manager – United Nations Climate Change, Global Climate Action; Angus Mackay, director at the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR); and Dino Varkey, GEMS CEO.

 A review of GEMS’ Kindergarten Starters by our sister site WhichSchoolAdvisor can be found here. 

Kifa Bukhari, Grade 3 student environmental activist at GEMS’ The Kindergarten Starters, said:

“Our planet is suffering and we can’t ignore it any more. We can all contribute to creating a more sustainable society from the youngest to the oldest.

Just by planting a tree, we plant a legacy.”

More on how children are engaging with Dubai Expo can be found here. Whether Greta Thunberg will attend is not confirmed.

Editors Note: video is copyright the Guardian Newspaper. The views expressed in this video are expressly those of Guardian journalists and those participating in the video.

About The Author
Jon Westley
Jon Westley is the Editor of and UK. You can email him at jonathanwestley [at]

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