Dubai Student Wins Title of ACCA Middle East Finance Competition


Christopher O’Mahoney, a student at Dubai College, a British school based out in the United Arab Emirates, has won first place in ACCA’s Middle East first ever financial literacy competition, The ACCA Middle East 2021 Student Financial Champion.

In a campaign mission to boost financial literacy across the Middle East, ACCA offered a unique opportunity to young finance hopefuls to gain a head start into the ACCA Qualification. Candidates were given the chance to study the foundations of bookkeeping as part of the ACCA-X programme and to take the free online test.

Over 300 students, interested in finance between the ages of 13 -16, enrolled in the competition for six weeks of learning, which took place online.

ACCA’s head of Middle East, Fazeela Gopalani says: ‘This was a fantastic experience and we had over 300 entries with112 going on to embark on the six weeks studying challenge.

‘ACCA is working closely with many educational institutions and government bodies across the region to encourage new generations to not only understand the importance of the almost pandemic proof profession, but also understand the significant role a professionally qualified accountant plays in building economies.

‘We want the next generation to consider and undertake a career in accountancy and finance. The ACCA Middle East Financial Champion is just one way we are working hard to push financial literacy at an early age.’

Christopher O’Mahoney, winner of the competition, says:

‘I’ve really enjoyed doing the lessons. It’s a great interactive way of getting to learn the basics of accounting.

‘Thank you to ACCA Middle East for giving me the opportunity to participate – I’m delighted to have done so well.’

A total of 10 000 AEDin prizes was given to the top ten winners listed below:

Full namePlaceSchool
Christopher O’Mahony1stDubai College
Ayaan Mallick2ndAl Diyafah High School
Smruthi Prasad3rdIndian School Bahrain
Hamdah Fouad4thManarat International School
Zuhaa Fouad5thManarat International School
Aysha Hanna6thDPS-Modern Indian School
Faham Rashid Siddqui7thEnglish Language Private School
Yaseen Imtiaz Syed8thInternational Indian School
Ameer Alduwaik9thGEMS Wellington International School
Youiel Waleed10thSt. Joseph Maronite school

About ACCA:

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