How is everyone doing? After a bit of a break over the festive season, we are back with our recycling contest, sponsored by Imdaad!
We are proud to ring in the New Year with its second Recyclable Waste Competition, sponsored by Imdaad. This competition will run from 7th January 2018 until 15th February 2018.
Rates of waste output in the UAE are high, and the UAE’s landfills contain a large percentage of materials that could be recycled. This has led to the Government of the UAE taking a more proactive approach to recycling, including the introduction of a zero waste to landfill strategy, and the opening of several new recycling centres in the UAE. The Government of the UAE is also looking at waste to energy projects where energy (such as electricity or heat) is generated from the incineration of waste. Dubai Municipality’s Waste Management Department compiled the Dubai Integrated Waste Management Master Plan in 2012 with an aim to reduce the amount of waste being sent to the landfills to zero in 20 years by using an integrated and innovative approach.
We want our youngest students to think about the waste we create in everyday life, and how we can recycle goods or minimise our impact on the environment. This competition challenges students in the UAE to produce a seascape constructed entirely from recyclable materials. This competition was created to promote recycling and reuse of materials, emphasizing creativity and innovation. Our goal is to raise public awareness and support of educational programming regarding recycling, reducing, and reusing of materials.
CEBC Chairman, Dr. Nasser Saidi, supports our drive to educate and engage our future renewable energy leaders. “Sustainability is no longer a nice to have, but a critical component of a safe and prosperous future for nations across our region and all over the world,” said Dr. Nasser Saidi. “Encouraging young minds to take up the cause, and inspiring them to put their natural creativity and ingenuity to work in the interest of sustainability is vitally important.”
Imdaad, our competition sponsor, know the importance of waste management and recycling. As a leading provider of integrated facilities and environment solutions in the GCC, they have chosen to sponsor our completion as a part of their Be’ati Programme. This programme highlights the importance of a sustainable environment to school. Bea’ti, which means ‘My Environment,’ is Imdaad’s flagship corporate social responsibility initiative that started in 2009. It seeks to inform young children about the environment and the importance of segregation and recycling of waste to make them active partners in the campaign to preserve it for the future generations.
We are proud to partner with Imdaad on this competition, and thank them for their kind sponsorship and support.
The CEBC Schools Programme is free of charge for schools and students, and is funded by sponsors and CEBC members. The Programme provides opportunities for learners to attend workshops and seminars by industry experts, participate in Ambassador field trips and to network with dedicated and motivated students from other local schools. Schools are able to join the Programme at any time.
Each school can enter one group of students (up to twenty students total) to compete for our grand prize – 20 student and two teacher passes to the Green Planet, Dubai, for a class field trip! Students can be aged up to age 12, and the field trip (two hours, running at 9am or 11am) can focus on either of the following topics:
3-6 year old students:
- Pollution of the rainforests.
- What would naturally belong in rainforests?
- Rainforest resources.
- Animals homes in the forests.
7-12 year old students:
- What natural resources are consumed from rainforests?
- Exotic animals of the rainforest.
- How rainforest are the lungs of the Earth.
- Succession of forests.
To enter, please visit our events page to download an information pack and registration form. If you would like to register your school for the CEBC Schools Programme, please email Belinda@cleanenergybusinesscouncil.com.
We can’t wait to see what you can create!