Yahsat launches educational youth campaign

Filed on March 28, 2011

ABU DHABI - Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat) has launched ĎA Nationís Pride in the Skyí school program, in partnership with the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC), to educate students about satellite technology.

As preparations are underway for Abu Dhabi’s first satellite launch later this month, the Yahsat team has been presenting at high schools and universities across the Emirate; teaching students about the benefits of satellite communications and the importance of satellite Y1A to the UAE and greater region.

Schools included in the tour were: Al Ma’ali Model School for Girls in Al Ain; Al Gharbia Model School for Boys in Al Gharbia; Al Nahda National School for Boys and Al Nahda National School for Girls on Abu Dhabi Island; as well as Khalifa University of Science, Technology and Research (KUSTAR).

Speaking on the campaign, Jassem Al Zaabi, CEO of Yahsat, said: “satellite communications are a central component of our modern economy. We want our youth to be at the forefront of this developing industry as they prepare for their future careers. We hope to educate students about the transition Abu Dhabi is making to become a regional hub in technology and communications.”

Mohammed Salem Al Dhaheri, ADEC’s Executive Director of School Operations, said that student participation in this program comes in line with ADEC’s strategic plans aiming at developing the skills of our students in order to help them contribute to Abu Dhabi economic vision aiming to establish a knowledge-based economy. “This goal can be achieved by widening student social engagement, introducing students to the most advanced technological applications, encouraging them to actively participate in all programs and activities that may develop their innovation and creative thinking skills, he added.

The presentations were designed to excite students about cutting edge applications of sciences and technology, while encouraging students to discover more about future careers in satellite communications. Students were educated on the launch process, the scientific principles holding satellites in fixed orbit, and on the contributions Yahsat’s satellites will bring both locally and abroad.

After the presentation, students participated in an educational activity allowing them to apply what they learned by creating articles on the subject. Yahsat’s young National engineers and team members led the workshops, highlighting the role of the satellite and communications in creating a sustainable diverse economy in Abu Dhabi.

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