SHARJAH, 27th April, 2018 (WAM) — Friends of Cancer patients, FOCP, a UAE based non-profit organisation, has announced that it is raising awareness on the early detection of paediatric cancers through its Ana-vation School Championship at the Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival.
Under the theme, ‘Putting the Future in Their Hands’, the Ana-vation School Championship was launched in February, the UAE’s Month of Innovation, over the course of four months, the programme is currently in its training and evaluation phase, that encourages 150 students from 15 schools realise their chosen projects under the three phases of ideation, design and coding to devise tools that detect paediatric cancer symptoms by using coding and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) principles.
All participating teams will present their prototypes at the School Championship Award ceremony in May, where the winners will be announced.
During the fourth participation at SCRF, FOCP educate the young visitors and their parents on the symptoms, risks and treatment options for paediatric cancers through purpose-made leaflets and infographics, a selection of children’s books, and a handmade talking robot.
At the launch of the festival, FOCP hosted a workshop for the students of Al Itqan American School, an Ana-vation participant, to gauge their progress in creating their prototypes.
Regional upstream oil and gas company Crescent Petroleum is Ana-vation’s main sponsor at the Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival. Commenting on the sponsorship, Rene Hansen, Crescent Petroleum’s Corporate Engagement Director, said, “We are proud to partner with Friends of Cancer Patients again to promote action against cancer. We remain committed to helping our people achieve a future free of this disease as we seek to empower the Middle East by developing all of its energy resources, and above all its human capital.”
Highlighting the need for greater awareness and involvement of the youth regarding paediatric cancers, Dr. Sawsan Al Madhi, Director General of FOCP, said, “Innovation, creativity, fun and learning are at the heart of the Ana-vation School Championship. It is an endeavour to educate the youth and stimulate their participation in the global fight against cancer, by integrating their efforts in a way that encourages them to think creatively, develop their awareness and empathy, and find use for everyday objects that they might otherwise consider waste, as according to the World Health Organisation, the children less than 15 years old, childhood cancer is listed as the 4th most common cause of death”