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GESS Awards 2021 winners

UAE leads winners at GESS Education Awards

GESS Education Awards announced the winners of this year’s edition of the prestigious international education recognition programme.

UAE leads all winners with 10 awards, followed by the UK with 3. South Korea and the USA were next with two awards apiece. The rest of the winners came from Hungary, Finland, Norway, Canada, Kuwait and Colombia.

Education professionals and suppliers from around the world entered to compete in the highly sought-after awards, with over 800 submissions coming from 50 different countries.

“We are delighted to have such a diverse pool of nominees coming from different parts of the globe, and the submissions were of such high calibre our judging panel found it difficult to determine the winner. In some categories, it was so close, we eventually had co-winners. Congratulations to all who won as well to those who participated. Your work, in the case of our education professionals; and your products, for our corporate suppliers, continue to make a difference in raising quality education standards in schools throughout the world,” said Matt Thompson, Project Director, Tarsus organisers of the GESS Education Awards.

The 2021 GESS Education Awards winners include:

Best CSR Programme for Education

• Alef Education
• Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) – Dubai

Best Digital / VR / AI Product

• Deledao Education

Best Free App / Software Product

• Prezi Video

Best Paid for App / Software Product

• BookR

Best Product to Promote Arts, Music and Drama in the Classroom

• ELT Songs

Best Product to Promote Health, Fitness and Sports in the Classroom

• Upstrive Education from MindMotions LLE

Best Sustainable / Eco-Friendly Product

• Kapes

Innovation Product Awards – Digital / Coding / Software

• TRUETRUE (coding robot) / I-Scream media Co., LTD.

Innovation Products Awards – Equipment / Hardware / non-ICT


Early Years Resource / Equipment Supplier of the Year

• GraphoGame

Primary Resource / Equipment Supplier of the Year (Sponsored by Education UAE Magazine)

• National Online Safety

Secondary and Higher Education Resource / Equipment Supplier of the Year

• Knowledge Hub

SEN Resource / Equipment Supplier of the Year

• Raymond Education

Start Up Company of the Year (Sponsored by RAKEZ)

• Singapore MathGym

Ambassador for the Environment

• Barbara Anna Zielonka - Nannestad High School
• Charlotte Dawson - GEMS Metropole

Best Initiative for Inclusion and Wellbeing (Sponsored by Skanda Yoga Center)

• Dara Davey - Safa British School

Best Use of Digital Learning in the Classroom

• Sean Robinson - Connections-based Learning

Best use of STEAM Learning in the Classroom (Sponsored by EZ-Robot)

• Matthew Lim - Cheltenham Ladies' College 
• Lisa  Davage - The Arbor School

Community Award for Citizenship

• Andera Biadse - Society for Advancement of Education, Jerusalem

Innovation in Education Award

• Kevin Fullbrook, Fatema Al Bader and Evgenii Permiakov  - Al-Bayan Bilingual School

Outstanding Contribution in Education Award (Sponsored by RAKEZ)

• H.E. Maria Victoria Angulo Gonzalez - Ministry of National Education, Colombia 

Judges Commendation Award – Teachers, Schools and Educational Professionals

• Mahesh Sajnani

Judges Commendation Award – Suppliers


Inspiring Initiative During the Pandemic  – Teachers, Schools and Educational Professionals

• Olly Lewis and Mark Anderson – LearnLiveUAE

Inspiring Initiative During the Pandemic  – Supplier

• Staff Pulse by Tes

Mark Duncan Award for Educational Influencer of the Year

• Jethro Mac Donald, Training Manager