Awards Ceremony – Dubai Vision Competition!

On 30th October 2017, the CEBC were lucky enough to attend the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU) Dubai Vision Competition Awards ceremony, and present the award to New Indian Model School for the Imagine Tomorrow category.

The competion, run by SMCCU and the Dubai Solar Schools Initiative – by Architaly Green Energy DMCC (in association with CEBC), launched last year, and the theme was Creating the Future Capital of Solar Energy.

Mr. Abdallah Al Serkal, SMCCU’s Director, welcomed guests to the event, and emphasized that we must listen to the vision of our young people and future leaders, to support them to provide a sustainable future.

The competition, which was open to all Dubai schools, required students to imagine the future of Dubai as a solar city supporting the Dubai Clean Energy Plan 2050 launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum at the end of 2015.

The Dubai Vision Competition included three categories:

  • “Recycled Crafts” (grade 1-4)
  • “Sustainability Writing” (grade 5-8); and
  • “Imagine Tomorrow” (Grade 9-12)

With more than 30 participating schools and a huge number of projects received, SMCCU announced the three winning schools at the award ceremony.

The first category was won by Our Own High School Al Warqa’a with an impressive recycled model of the future city of Dubai, created by young students with the support of their parents and teachers. Our Own High School Al Warqa’a is a member of the CEBC Schools programme – well done, we are very proud of you!

Students from Our Own High School, Al Warqa’a provide an impressive overview of their recycling project.

The second category winner was Buds Public School with a written piece called “Green Pen – Green Eye”: a story of young students who dream of Their UAE as the greenest city in the world. The girls gave a very energetic reading of their story!

Finally, the third category of the Dubai Vision Competition awarded New Indian Model School (NIMS) for a project called the Automatic Waste Segregator that uses solar energy to retrieve useful materials from waste, for better waste management. I was very pleased to be able to award these talented ladies a prize for 40,000AED. I am also pleased to announce that, after the ceremony, NIMS decided to join the CEBC Schools programme – welcome on board!

NIMS students describe their innovative waste separation machine.

Each of the 3 winning schools received a monetary price of 40,000 aed – for a total of 120,000 aed – sponsored by SMCCU in partnership with Architaly Green Energy DMCC, in order to foster a powerful message of “green awareness” and motivate the educational sector to prioritize sustainability programs and green cultural competitions.

The CEBC will be working alongside the SMCCU and Dubai Solar Schools to launch the second year of the Dubai Vision Competition, aiming at a very unique partnership between private and public schools joining hands and connecting minds towards the future of the city of Dubai.

We will let you know more details when we launch!

Photos are published courtesy of the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding.