Abu Dhabi, May 1st, 2019: The Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD) celebrated the achievements of schools at the 8th edition of its Sustainable Schools Initiative (SSI) Awards, where 33 government and private schools were awarded for their contributions towards promoting environmental sustainability in their schools and communities.
135 schools participated in this year's edition of the awards and the winners' environmental performance was recognised following two years of hard work. In this edition, 402 entries were received, 48 of which were shortlisted, and out of those shortlisted, 33 winners were selected for 5 award categories:
Best Green Audit, Best Community Outreach, Best Outdoor Education, Best Lead School and Best Environmental Educators.
Speaking at the ceremony, Khansa Al Blouki, Director of Environmental Outreach at EAD, said; "Since we launched the SSI in 2009, and implemented it jointly with our strategic partner the Department of Education & Knowledge (ADEK) with sponsorship from BP, the Initiative has empowered school communities by giving them the opportunity to address their own environmental impact through 'hands-on' green audit experiences. It has also helped empower hundreds of educators to attain the objectives of Environmental Education and Education for Sustainable Development."
She added "Today, 135 schools from Abu Dhabi Emirate are registered for the SSI and they self-assess their environmental performance online, benefitting from online teacher training courses, resource materials, and an Eco-Audit Ranking Management System.
Al Blouki noted that during this cycle, 18,443 students and 1,378 teachers implemented 521 public awareness projects through their school's environmental clubs. In addition, 14,986 students participated in a green audit to assess their school's environmental performance. Moreover, 54,604 students were exposed to outdoor field education through 2,210 field trips, giving them practical experience in a wide range of environmental issues, and 3,928 teachers have linked environmental concepts to the curriculum.
Eng. Khaled Al Ansari, School Services Division Manager at Ministry of Education said: "Through SSI, we work together to enhance environmental culture concepts among the students, disseminate sustainable education, and present awareness activities and programmes to achieve a more sustainable environment". "We look forward, through this annual cooperation, to prepare a generation of students with a high level of environmental awareness, and contribute to develop their skills via urging them to participate in all the activities specially the environmental education and sustainability that are integrated in Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK) curricula to inculcate these concepts on the mind of the students", he added.
Reem Mohammed, Communications and External Affairs Manager at BP said, "I would like to deeply thank EAD, Ministry of Education (MOE) and
ADEK concerned SSI stakeholders, all students and teachers for their distinguished efforts and participations in this important initiative, which became a success because of the students and teachers commitment to achieve a sustainable environment for a sustainable future in UAE".
Commendable efforts by the participating schools this cycle include:
- 67% of registered schools compost their organic waste
- Over 92% of registered schools recycle their paper, plastic and metal waste
- 88% of registered schools undertake partial recycling of E-waste
- 65% of registered schools reuse or recycle their white and grey waste water
- 60% of registered schools use energy efficient equipment and technologies
- 19% of registered schools have initiated the use of renewable energy
- On average, 78% of students in registered schools use shared transport
- 85% of registered schools have started growing native plants
- 97% of registered schools have reduced their water use
- 93% of registered schools have reduced their bottled water usage
Winners of the 8th Sustainable Schools Excellence Awards
Best Lead School:
|Position||Government Schools||Private Schools|
|1st||Al Khatim School||Al Bateen Scientific Private School|
|2nd||Al Talee'a School||Bright Riders School|
|3rd||Qatr Al Nada School||Abu Dhabi Indian School|
Best Green Audit:
1st ||Um Al Arab School||Saint Joseph's School|
2nd ||Al Nukhba School||Al Ekhlass Private School|
Best Community Outreach:
1st ||Um Al Arab School||Sunrise English Private School|
2nd ||Al Shumookh School||Al Manhal International Private School|
3rd ||Al Shawamekh School||Private International English School|
Best Environmental Educators:
1st ||Um Al Arab School||Al Manahil Private School|
2nd ||Al Shawamekh School||Abu Dhabi International Private School |
Best Outdoor Education:
1st ||||Al Shumookh School||||||Al Yasat school|||
2nd ||||||Al Marfa School||||||Rawafed Private School|