Al Ain students point the way to sustainability
Abu Dhabi A simple survey conducted by schoolchildren in Al Ain found hundreds of litres of water was being wasted because of leaking pipes.
The children were happy to report that residents in the Ramah area acted to fix the problem on their advice.
“We explained the need of water saving and asked them to maintain the leaking pipes before our next visit,” said Rasha Abdullah Al Zoubi, a grade 10 pupil at Al Talee’a School in Al Ain.
“They were receptive as we were happy to find in the next visit that they fixed the water leaks.”
Such environmental conservation activities helped Rasha’s school win four awards as part of the Sustainable School Initiative (SSI), a project run by the Environment Agency in Abu Dhabi (EAD), in association with Abu Dhabi Education Council ( ADEC ).
The awards included two gold prizes in the Most Sustainable School and the Most Effective Environmental Educators categories.
Moza Al Nayadi, the principal of the school, said residents in Al Ain were cooperative with the attempts of the children to raise environmental awareness.
Al Talee’a was recognised at the Sustainable Schools Awards Ceremony on Wednesday along with 13 others from the government and private sector for their work over this academic year. The number of participating schools increased from 26 in 2009, when the initiative was launched, to 103 this year.
Dr Mugheer Khamis Al Khaili, Director-General of ADEC , Dr Jaber Eidha Al Jaberi, Deputy Secretary General of EAD and Abdul Karim Al Mazmi, General Manager for BP UAE, attended the event.
Abu Dhabi Indian School pupils said their eco-club encouraged pupils to avoid using and throwing away about 2,400 plastic water bottles a week.
“We prompted them to drink water from water dispensers at the school and store water in reusable metal or plastic bottles instead of using and throwing disposable bottles,” said Anjana Krishnan, a 12th grader.
The school won a gold prize in the Best Green Audit and a silver in the Most Sustainable School categories.
Dr Al Khaili said the initiative helped promote teamwork and enhance community involvement among students, parents and school staff.
Talking on behalf of Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak, Secretary-General of EAD, Dr Al Jaberi, said: “Through the Sustainable Schools Initiative we are seeking to reach out to students, parents, teachers, administrative staff and maintenance staff eventually linking them to the larger community.”