The initiative celebrates talents in different categories like martial arts, painting, writing, social work and acting
The world‘s top 100 child prodigies were honored at a special event in Dubai on Saturday, where their extraordinary achievements were celebrated and recognized.
India-based Global Child Prodigy Awards held a grand ceremony at the Marriot Hotel in Jaddaf to honor the winners. The event was attended by Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Cabinet Member and Minister for Tolerance and Coexistence, while Nobel Laureate Sir Richard J Roberts was the guest of honour.
The GCP Awards are the world’s first and only child prodigy initiative that annually recognizes the top 100 international child prodigies from various verticals. It is led by Prashant Pandey, Founder and CEO of the Global Child Prodigy Awards and Dr. K Abdul Ghani, renowned environmentalist and “Green Man of India”, who is the mentor of the award.
Speaking at the event, Pandey said: “This is a unique initiative encouraging child prodigies around the world and will serve as a platform to continue recognizing talented prodigies in the years to come. We are happy to bring 100 child prodigies from all over the world to the beautiful city of Dubai.
Coming from various disciplines such as martial arts, painting, modeling and entrepreneurship, writing, social work and acting, among others, the children who made it into the top hundred came from different fields and different, including the United States, France, Russia, the United States. UK, Spain, India, Georgia, Kenya, Brazil, Greece, Belgium, Romania and many more.
Sheikh Nahayan said he was delighted to meet such an inspiring group of young geniuses from all over the world. “The Global Child Prodigy Awards call on us to appreciate human achievement in a way that crosses the boundaries of nationality, ethnicity, religion, culture, physical characteristics and gender. You demonstrate that nurturing talent and promoting excellence is a universal quest worth pursuing,”
“These young people will definitely make a positive difference in the world. In the UAE, we strongly believe that embracing excellence and achievement in our youth is embracing life itself,” said Sheikh Nahyan.
Khaleej times talked to some of the winners.
Sir Darius Brown, who has been honored for his charity work and social services at a New Jersey animal shelter, said: “I have dedicated my life to serving animals of all kinds, especially dogs and cats “.
The 15-year-old said these animals had nowhere to go and needed proper care. “I plan to build a shelter with top-notch facilities to care for them,” said Brown, who had traveled from New Jersey with her mother to receive the award.
Another winner, Bahar Panjepour from Iran, is a master musician who can play a large number of musical instruments. “But I’m good at about 25 instruments, which I’ve mastered,” she told the Khaleej Times.
Panjepour is thrilled to be recognized for her talent. “I never thought my hobby would bring me a prize. Prizes like this motivate us to reach new heights,” he said.
The 14-year-old, recognized as an outstanding musician in her hometown of Isfahan in Iran, started playing musical instruments when she was just six years old. She aims to be a top musician and singer. “I have a few favorite musical instruments, but the one I love and master perfectly is the tar (Iranian musical instrument),” Panjepour said.
Sports prodigy and footballer Amith Mazin Shabeel, who has represented many local teams in the United Arab Emirates, said he started playing when he was six years old. Shabeel has played in many U-18 teams in the UAE.
The Year 11 student at American International School dreams of one day playing for his favorite English Premier League team, Manchester United. “I trained and played in the youth teams of many clubs such as Real Madrid FC and Juventus FC in the UAE. I currently play for Gulf United FC U-18 team,” Shabeel said.
Speaking at the event, Dr. Azad Moopen, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Aster DM Healthcare, the award’s main sponsor, said, “Every child on this planet is special in their own way. The right guidance, the right path and the right environment help them recognize their inner abilities and maneuver them in the right direction,”
“One such incentive program is the Global Child Prodigy Awards, where 100 child prodigies are awarded each year across countries. I am extremely happy to be part of this noble initiative this year,” added Dr. Moopen.
The winners will be featured in the book “Top 100 Child Prodigies 2022-2023”. During the ceremony, Sheikh Nahyan officially launched the book which will be distributed to the best libraries in the world.
The GPC Awards initiative is a platform for children under the age of 15 to showcase their talent and uniqueness to global audiences and be recognized as the Top 100 Child Prodigies, as well as being featured in the Global Child Prodigy Annual Book.