Sharjah Launches ‘Environment Awareness Award’

Sharjah Launched the ‘Environment Awareness Award’ with aims to increase students’ environmental awareness and encourage them to actively participate in environmental activities at school.

Bee’ah, an innovative education initiative from the Bee’ah School of Environment, along with the Sharjah Education Zone (SEZ) and Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services (SCHS) launched the Sharjah Environment Awareness Award.

With over AED100,000 in total prize money to be given away in different categories, the award programme aims to increase environmental awareness among students from kindergarten through to Grade 12, and encourage the youth to actively participate in environmental activities within their schools.

Explaining the idea behind the Sharjah Environment Awareness Award, The Director of Sharjah Education Zone, Fawzia Bin Gharib said: “This latest initiative was designed to motivate the youth to become more actively involved in the preservation of the environment. We are asking students to create and implement a sustainable, innovative and creative environmental programme that reduces waste within their schools, and then document their environmental activities.”

The initiative will see 145 public and private schools and around 150,000 students taking part, and will focus its first year on the topic of the three R’s: Reduce, Re-use, Recycle.

According to Managing Director of Bee’ah, Khaled Al Huraimel “Bee’ah places strong emphasis on […] the three R’s – Reduce, Re-use, Recycle. By promoting the three R’s, Bee’ah strives to teach people how to live sustainably, making them aware of the conservation issues that affect them and helping individuals develop the lifelong habits and commitments that will protect the emirate and ultimately the planet.”

He added: “Using this award as a catalyst, we seriously hope to educate the next generation of leaders on the importance of practical and sustainable environmental solutions and eco-friendly practises. We all have a role to play when it comes to Earth’s destiny and we hope that this initiative will inspire students all over Sharjah to take responsibility for the fate of their home planet.”

Also sponsoring the award is the Desert Group, a leading provider of high quality landscape leisure and lifestyle solutions in the Middle East. Ali Badi, Executive Manager Administration Department and a Member of the Board of Directors, said: “It is integral for any company to give back to the community, and it is an honour to give back to the community of Sharjah through this award.”

The competition is being directed under H..H Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qassimi, member of the Supreme Council of the United Arab Emirates and ruler of Sharjah.

The deadline for students’ submissions is the first week of May. The awards ceremony will be held in June 2011.

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