Bee’ah honours UAE students for efforts in environmental advocacy

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Staff Report

Dubai – Bee’ah, the Middle East’s leading and award-winning environmental management company, reiterated its commitment to education and environmental responsibility as it rewarded the outstanding creativity and innovation of students and teachers at the Environmental Excellence School Award (EESA) ceremony.
Winners of the 5th Inter School Recycling Competition (ISRC) were also recognised at the ceremony. The event, which took place at Al Jawaher Reception & Convention Centre in Sharjah, on 13th May, 2018, hosted nominees from kindergarten to Grade 12, from the emirates of Sharjah, Fujairah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Ras Al Khaimah, and Dubai.

Inspired by the vision of His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, the EESA and ISRC are competitions which were launched by the Bee’ah School of Environment to incentivise and encourage positive environmental action among students. This year’s edition had the unique distinction of being the first awards ceremony following the expansion of the programme. Sheikh Dr Abdulaziz bin Ali bin Rashid Al Nuaimi “The Green Sheikh” graced the occasion and encouraged the students’ efforts in environmental advocacy.

Khaled Al Huraimel, Group CEO of Bee’ah, said, “We have always been deeply committed to increasing environmental awareness in the UAE. It is impossible to secure our ambitions for a green future without the participation of our future generations. It gives us great joy to witness the incredible growth of the BSOE, and increase in participation in our competitions, the EESA and the ISRC. This shows the enthusiasm with which children are embracing their role as environmental advocates. These students represent our future and their passion for the environment is evident in the submissions that they have made. We applaud their dedication, passion and hard work, and are pleased to acknowledge their efforts here today.”

The expansion of the programme has also led to new collaborations. Earlier this week, Duracell announced a new strategic partnership with the BSOE, which will inform, encourage and empower students to recycle used batteries as part of a mutual commitment to advancing environmental education. Duracell is one of the biggest investors in sustainability programs in the battery industry globally and is dedicated to mitigating its impact on the environment through a programme of environmental sustainability best practices. This new collaboration will ensure Duracell can introduce initiatives that bring alternative battery recycling solutions in the UAE, in a major step towards a sustainable future and protecting the environment.

In this edition of the competition, the EESA, which was formerly known as the Sharjah Environmental Awareness Award (SEAA), had opened participation up to schools from across the UAE. The competition received an astounding 311 entrants this year, all of whom exerted their creativity and best efforts towards addressing this year’s theme, ‘Preservation of Natural Resources’. In positive affirmation of rising environmental consciousness in the region, the Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority had extended their support to this edition of the EESA.

A total of fourteen awards were presented under the categories of Best Environmental Science Experiment, Best Environmental Film, Best Environmental Prototype, Best Environmental Invention, and Outstanding Individual Achievement. Winners were chosen by a judging panel made up of environmental experts and Bee’ah representatives, and walked away with cash prizes ranging from AED 5,000 to AED 25,000.

The winners of the Best Environmental Science Experiment, in the kindergarten to Grade 2 category, were Athan Primary School from Ras Al Khaimah in first place, Al Nafaes KG from Sharjah in second, and Al Shahad KG from Fujairah in third. In the Grade 3-5 category, the prizes for the Best Environmental Film were all bagged by schools from Sharjah; with Omama Bint Abi Alaas coming in first place, Lubna Bint Habab School in second, and Leaders Private School in third. Dubai-based Gems Our Own English High School won the award for Best Environmental Prototype in the Grade 6-9 category. The top prize in the Grade 10-12 category for Best Environmental Invention went to the New World American Private School from Sharjah, while Sharjah’s Delhi Private School claimed second place, and New Indian Model School from Dubai placed third.

The Outstanding Individual Achievement (Students) awards were presented to Sharjah Indian School’s Joyal Joseph in first place, and Jerin Sam Jojy in second. The hard work and inspiring efforts of teachers were also celebrated at the ceremony with the Outstanding Individual Achievement (Teachers) awards going to Jaseena Hameed, from Sharjah Indian School in first, and Shoa’a Al Dhanhani, Al Massa Primary School in second place.

The ISRC, which is currently Sharjah-based, saw schools competing to collect the largest amount of recyclables. Delhi Private School, in the ‘Large Schools’ category, won first prize by collecting an impressive 39.31 tonnes of recyclable material. In the ‘Medium Schools’ category, Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services collected 7.17 tonnes to secure the first position, while Al Sahwa School collected 11.44 tonnes to come first in the ‘Small Schools’ category.

Following the huge success of this year’s expansive programme, the Bee’ah School of Environment looks forward to reaching a larger number of students, from across the Nation, in the upcoming academic year. . With such an immensely enthusiastic response from students, teachers, and schools, Bee’ah’s vision for environmental sustainability has been rejuvenated and reemphasised. -abdulbasit@theuaenews.com