Sustainable Interschool Competition Draws Entries from 30 Schools, Engaging 65,000 Children across the Emirates

Clean Energy Business Council

4 April 2016 - Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Our Own High School Al Warqa’a wins Clean Energy Business Council’s 2016 Interschool Competition for Recyclable Waste Exhibit

More than 30 schools from across the United Arab Emirates participated in the Clean Energy Business Council’s (CEBC) 2016 interschool competition, which culminated yesterday with a ceremony hosted by this year’s competition winners Our Own High School Al Warqa’a. The winning school received AED 15,000 from Bee’ah – the competition sponsors, to support future sustainable initiatives at the school.

The competition challenged primary school children from across the UAE to create a forest of trees, plants and flowers, made exclusively from recyclable waste. With 30 schools entering exhibits, the CEBC estimates the competition engaged more than 65,000 children. The competition forms part of a broader youth programme managed by the CEBC called the ‘Schools Environment Protection Program’ involving a series of initiatives designed to raise issues related to sustainability among young people from the ages of 4-18 years old.

CEBC works to scale up awareness and action on clean energy in the region. Recently, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) reinforced its commit to achieve 24% of power from low-carbon sources by 2021. This increased federal target from 0.2 percent in 2014, will involve the deployment of renewables, nuclear and energy efficiency technology – a process facilitated by ground-up initiatives such as this. Today’s award was delivered by CEBC Chairman, H.E Dr. Nasser Saidi in the presence of Mr Salim Dahman, Head of CSR and Events Bee’ah , Mr. Sukhweender Bassi, Senior Vice President GEMS education and Mr.Sanjeev K. Jolly Principal & CEO at Our Own High School, Al warqa’a, Dubai.

“Sustainability is no longer a nice to have, but a critical component of a safe and prosperous future for nations across our region and all over the world,” said Dr. Nasser Saidi. “So encouraging young minds to take up the cause, and inspiring them to put their natural creativity and ingenuity to work in the interest of sustainability is vitally important.”

“When the Clean Energy Business Council launched its schools programme a year ago, the key objectives were to educate, engage and inspire young people,” continued Dr Saidi. “And the response we have had to this year’s competition is a demonstration of that fact that our youth is taking up the baton and responding with enthusiasm and commitment towards our efforts for building a decarbonized future.” We would like to thank and congratulate all students and their teachers for participating in this initiative and particularly the winning team

for creating artworks that inspire all of us and support our goal for the betterment of our society”.

“The work of the Clean Energy Business Council supports our vision for a sustainable future for our children and grandchildren through cleaner energy sources and more efficient energy usage,” added Heba Alrefai Business Development Manager, Tanweer Solar Energy Technology – a co-sponsor of the initiative. “Our region’s youth is a key focus of our work and we believe they must be active if we are to successfully transition our economies to a more sustainable model. We’re delighted with the level of participation in this competition and hope it inspires more young people to actively pursue a brighter future for all.”

Sanjeev K. Jolly Principal & CEO at Our Own High School, Al warqa’a, Dubai said: “The initiative by the Clean Energy Business Council to organize a contest for the students on the theme ‘ Forest out of recyclable materials’ is a significant step that enhances awareness on sustainability and environment among the young generation. We are thankful to the Council for the award presented to us for the forest that our students developed using recyclable materials. It was a great learning experience that helped underline the need to promote recycling among the students. We congratulate the Council for such visionary initiatives and look forward to more such programmes that foster a green culture among the students.”

The jury comprised leading industry experts and CEBC Directors, who selected the winning exhibit from a number of diverse entries incorporating different themes and materials. The programme is free of charge for schools and its students and funded by sponsors and CEBC members. Among the other recent initiatives, are:

  • An inter-school competition related to “Clean Air” supported by Airlite
  • A fieldtrip to the Petroleum Institute – Abu Dhabi (Solar Race Car)
  • Fieldtrip to the premises of Tadweer – Dubai (Waste Treatment Plant)
  • School workshops in schools, focusing on Sustainability (FortyTwo Consultancy)
  • Schools greenhouse gas audit, supported by V4 Advisors
  • An interschool competition focused on the reduction of carbon footprint supported by Tanweer Solar Energy Technology

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