Emirates Environmental Group Conducts the 21st Cycle of the Inter-school Environmental Public Speaking Competition Virtually
Bringing 431 students from schools across the nation to compete in Sustainability
Habiba Al Marashi: Encouraging students to think about sustainable lifestyles
(Dubai): Emirates Environmental Group organised the 21st cycle of the annual Inter School Environmental Public Speaking Competition on 21st & 22nd April 2021, to coincide with the global celebration of Earth Day. The competition build on the success of transforming this competition to take place virtually since last year. The two day programme registered over 431 participants, including the accompanying teachers, who all came together from various government and private schools across all the Emirates, united with in their passion for Environmental advocacy to achieve development that is sustainable.
The sub-senior students between the ages of 13 and 15 competed on two topics, “Sustainable Living: A path for a Greener Future?” and “Environment & Education: Need for Change”. Gems Millennium School, Sharjah won in first topic and Dubai National School, Al Barsha (Boys) was the winner in the second topic.
The second day was for the senior category of students in the age bracket of 16-18. The Philippine School, Dubai was crowned the winner for the topic “Balancing the 3 Pillars of Sustainability in a Post Pandemic World” and Dubai National School, Al Barsha (Boys) was the winner for the last topic, “Integrating Environment & technology: A Solution to Sustainability?”
The overall winner for the 21st cycle of Inter School Environmental Public Speaking Competition is Dubai National School, Al Barsha (Boys).
The topics chosen for the competition were the result of a rigorous process taking into account the feedback received from last year’s participating teams that was mainly influenced by the Pandemic and designed to encompass several UN SDGs. The topics aimed to encourage the students to consider sustainable lifestyles, the importance of greening the curriculum, to focus on building a more resilient global economy and the profound impact of technology in shaping societies, economies and the environment.
The discussions and presentations provided by the students reflected the immense efforts invested in research and the sense of environmental awareness and understanding of sustainability issues exhibited by the participating teams.
Ms. Habiba Al Marashi, Co-founder and Chairperson of Emirates Environmental Group welcomed the participating teams; those who have joined for the 1st time and those who ensure to enroll their students in all the creative platforms that EEG rolls out annually. She further thanked OUNASS Company for coming on board as a support sponsor and went on to say: “We at EEG are eager this year to embark with positive attitude and strive towards environmental education for the youth. While the year 2020 will not be looked upon confidently by many, it was a learning curve for humanity, and it did in fact open up new avenues of opportunities. We need to look back with positivity and take stock of the many lessons learned”.
She further added “Since the programmes’ inception in 2001, the ISEPSC has become an exceptional platform for students to showcase their innovation, creativity, cooperative team work and critical thinking skills all to advocate for environmental sustainability. Moreover, the programme has provided students with the opportunity to develop their oratory skills and harness their unique abilities to proactively contribute to the change that is necessary to conserve our environment.”
The competition is annually organised to coincide with Earth day celebrations in April, aiming to inspire actions towards environment conservation and the protection of planet earth. Four distinguished experts in environmental field representing the academic and corporate sectors honoured the all-inclusive, bilingual programme as members of the jury.
The opening and closing ceremonies in both days witnessed two special performances from the participating students, who shared some strong messages on the importance of a collective action and uplifting songs aligned with the themes of the 21th cycle of the Inter-School Environmental Public Speaking Competition.
Emirates Environmental Group: EEG is a professional working group established in 1991 devoted to protecting the environment through the means of education, action programmes and community involvement. The organisation is open to men and women of all nationalities. EEG is actively encouraged and supported by concerned local and federal government agencies. It is the first environmental NGO in the world to be ISO 14001 certified in 2001 and the only organisation of its kind in the UAE with accredited status to the United Nations Convention to Combating Desertification (UNCCD) and the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), EEG is the member of the UN Global Compact and the International Union of Conservation for Nature (IUCN).