Active Abu Dhabi, a collaborative initiative between Emirates Foundation and PureHealth, has announced its goal to reach more than 25,000 students by end of 2024 through Abu Dhabi Education and Knowledge (ADEK) School Talks. Led by Mansour Al Dhaheri, Founder of Active Abu Dhabi, and endurance athlete Arjuna Don, the programme aims to foster a generation that is not only physically active but also mentally resilient.

The ADEK School Talks commenced in April 2023, following the completion of Swim 62, a 62km swimming challenge undertaken by Al Dhaheri to conquer his fear of water. This initiative, coupled with his subsequent 400km rowing journey across 11 islands in ten days during Row Abu Dhabi, showcases his belief in overcoming adversity through dedication and hard work. To date, the talks have reached more than 8,750 students across 26 schools and are planned to extend to more than 70 schools by the end of the year, with a focus on rural communities and the Al Dhafra Region.

The curriculum is enriched by the real-life challenges faced by Al Dhaheri and Don, emphasising not just physical health but also mental resilience, teamwork and nutrition. These talks are created to provide a holistic approach to wellness, illustrating the powerful themes of goal setting and overcoming adversity through the riveting narratives of Swim62 and Row Abu Dhabi. The initiative aims to inspire students to embrace a proactive approach to health, encouraging families to explore wellness together and participate in community events, thus fostering a collective movement towards a healthier, more active lifestyle.

Mansour Al Dhaheri, Founder of Active Abu Dhabi, said: "The essence of the ADEK School Talks is to nurture a generation that is both physically active and mentally resilient. Our partnership with the Emirates Foundation and PureHealth has been crucial in advancing our mission to inspire every student in Abu Dhabi. We aim to show youth that their background does not define their future, hard work and dedication. By engaging students, teachers, and parents, we are creating a community-wide movement towards improved health and active lifestyles, highlighting the crucial benefits of holistic wellness."

Active Abu Dhabi is set to enhance the motivational content of future talks by incorporating more athletes from previous missions. This strategic expansion is designed to provide an inclusive and comprehensive educational experience that reaches every corner of the emirate. Active Abu Dhabi is dedicated to advocating, inspiring and encouraging holistic wellbeing across the community. The initiative includes a variety of activities that promote community engagement, environmental awareness, and the empowerment of youth through dynamic and impactful projects. Active Abu Dhabi’s calendar of events offers a range of activities that encourage movement and foster community, aiming to raise environmental awareness and inspire the youth of the emirate.

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