Annual awards ceremony highlights environmental innovation andrewards students for year-long “green” projects
Bee’ah, the region’s leading environmental company, held its sixth annual edition of the Sharjah Environment and Awareness Awards (SEAAs), along with the Inter Schools Recycling Competition, on 5 th June 2016, at Al Jawaher Reception and Convention Centre, with winning students rewarded for their innovation and contribution to environmental sustainability and energy conservation.
Supporting the vision of HH Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi,Member of the UAE Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, to raise awareness of environmental issues among all members of society, the awards were launched by Bee’ah’s School of Environment, in 2010.
The SEAAs are a platform for students and teachers, from Kindergarten level to Grade 12, to demonstrate their acquisition of values, knowledge and skills in a way that supports the environment in a positive manner.
For the 2016 awards, many schools and students were considered for the five main award categories; with the highest number of entrants and awards in the competition’s six-year history. Submission entries were open for any school operating within the Sharjah Education Zone.
The 2016 categories included a first and second place award for Best Environmental Play (KG – Grade 2), Best Environmental Movie (Grades 3 – 6),Best Environmental Invention (Grades 7 – 12); and the Outstanding Individual Achievement Awards – for students.
The winning school, for Best Environmental Play, was Al Amal Kindergarten. The Best Environmental Movie went to the American School of Creative Science, and the winner of the Best Environmental Invention was Delhi Private School.
The Outstanding Individual Achievement Award for Students went to Arushi Madan, from Delhi Private School.
“The sixth edition of the Sharjah Environment Awareness Awards has been a resounding success, with more participants than ever taking part and some of the most innovative entries, in the competition’s six-year history, being submitted to the judging panel. My congratulations go out to all who took part and specifically the winners,” said Fahad Shehail, Chief Development Officer of Bee’ah.
“What we have witnessed here today is how the SEAA and ISRC are helping to nurture the next generation of environmentalists, allowing them to understand the critical role they play in sustaining the environment and its precious resources. The awards continue to build up a successful reputation between schools and students and are influencing the level of environmental awareness in the community – in a progressive, environmentally responsible way,” he added.
The Sharjah Environmental Awareness Awards seek to engage students of all ages and increase their participation in environmentally educational activities,both within their school curriculum and for their own personal sense of achievement.