AUS Sharakah Program commemorates UNICEF Day with Schools​ Knight Arts Challenge 2023

 AUS Sharakah Program commemorates UNICEF Day with Schools Knight Arts Challenge 2023

American University of Sharjah (AUS) commemorated UNICEF Day by hosting students from various Sharakah schools at the ​AUS Knight Arts Challenge 2023 to compete and display their works of art in celebration of the international children’s fund establishment. 

UNICEF Day is a reminder to the international community of the importance of children for the future and betterment of the world, raising awareness about the importance of helping less fortunate children at a global level. 

This year’s theme came from the university’s strong belief in the importance of working closely with younger generations to expand their horizons and introduce them to the opportunities that would contribute to their advancement and their impact on the world. 

Organized by the Office of Enrollment Management’s Sharakah Program, and as part of AUS’ community engagement drive, the challenge saw the participation of 25 students from 6 schools across the UAE who competed in an atmosphere full of fun and excitement. 

“We wanted to promote an engaging art scene where students could express their feelings about UNICEF Day through different works of art. The Sharakah Program at AUS regularly organizes similar activities to promote students’ talent in various areas and encourage them to be more expressive. The program serves as a platform for cooperation between AUS and academic partners in various academic and non-academic areas,” said Ali Shuhaimy, Executive Director of Enrollment Management at AUS.

Students competed in three categories: Instagram Votes, Public Votes and Judges’ Votes.

Winners of the Public Votes category were Dana Suleiman from the International School of Creative Science, Sumaiyyah Faridi from the International School of Creative Science, and Affan Sheikh from the International School of Creative Science. Instagram Votes category winners were Lavanya Gary from Emirates International School Jumeirah, Lamia Abuzar from the International School of Creative Science, Sara Alchama from Al Durrah International School and Zainab Jaffar Ali from Sharjah American International School-Dubai branch. Winners in the Judges Votes category were Sara Alchama from Al Durrah International School, Masah Eyad from the International School of Creative Science and Adam Sabri from the International School of Creative Science.

Shuhaimy added: “AUS believes that dedicating an event to UNICEF Day highlights the importance of the younger generations and their potential for positive change and growth. Through this event, AUS wants to raise awareness and shed light on how children are the future, and what better way to do it than through art.”

The AUS Sharakah Program fosters partnerships with select schools in the UAE and the region to engage school students and teachers by offering a wide range of events, activities, and programs as part of the university’s community engagement strategic initiative. For more information, visit


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American University of Sharjah (AUS) was founded in 1997 by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed AlQasimi, Member of the Supreme Council of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Sharjah. Sheikh Sultan articulated his vision of a distinctive institution against the backdrop of Islamic history and in the context of the aspirations and needs of contemporary society in the UAE and the Gulf region.

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Since 1997, AUS has been nurturing and equipping students to become award-winning architects, designers, scientists, journalists, engineers, innovators, researchers, successful entrepreneurs–and even leaders of the UAE’s space program.

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