ECAT organizes largest environmental competition to celebrate Zayed Al Khair Day, 4,700 students of Our Own High School participate … reports Asian Lite News.
As part of Zayed Al Khair Day celebration, the Environmental Center for Arab Cities (ECAT) organized the largest environmental competition with the participation of more than 4,700 students from Our Own High School, Al Warqa.
The students participated with a group of activities in the event, conducted to commemorate ECAT’s environmental vision and its keenness to preserve the natural heritage for the future generations. The judging committee chose the best 33 activities.
The competition included eight aspects – the best environmental painting, the best environmental photo, the best art work from recyclable materials, the best environmental speech, the best environmental scientific article, the best short film with an environmental awareness message, the best sustainability ambassadors in the school and the competition for collecting recyclable waste.
The ceremony was attended by Hussain Al Fardan, Head of ECAT, Sanjeev Jolie, principal of the school and a number of officials from Dubai Municipality Waste Management Department and ECAT.
Al Fardan said that the launch of this competition in cooperation with the Waste Management Department of Dubai Municipality, which covered many environmental aspects, was a tribute to the vision of ECAT and also part of its participation in the Zayed Al Khair Day as well as the World Environment Day celebrations on 5 June each year.
“The competition aims to demonstrate the role of the founding leader Sheikh Zayed in preserving the environment and raising the level of awareness of the students, giving them the opportunity to participate and showcase their various environmental skills. Their activities and achievements that exceeded expectations were evidence of the role of schools in establishing an understanding on the environment among students,” he said.
“At ECAT, we have other global environmental programs that we are implementing on an ongoing basis, such as the Eco-Schools Program, in which more than 100 public and private schools have registered, and the Blue Flag Program for beaches and marinas,” said Al Fardan.
Jolie, who expressed his happiness in participating in the competition, said: “We are glad to offer our gratitude to the UAE leaders for their vision and encouragement of our work and initiatives to preserve the environment and natural resources and to implement the concept of sustainability, because, what we are doing and what the UAE is doing is not only to preserve the local environment, but also to preserve the global environment,”