Environmental Excellence School Award

Based on His highness, Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammad Al-Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council, Ruler of Sharjah’s vision - to disseminate a culture of environmental awareness amongst all members of society, especially school students, Bee’ah, in collaboration with the Sharjah Education Zone (SEZ), took the initiative to launch a school competition under the title of Sharjah Environment Awareness Award.

 

Expansion to all Emirates

For the past 7 years, the competition was limited to schools in Sharjah, but in order to increase the competition and spread the environmental message among a large number of students and teachers, for the new academic school year 2017/2018, the competition will be open to all the schools in the Emirates under the title “Environmental Excellence School Award” (EESA).

Since the competition will be open to schools from all the emirates, we will be splitting them into 5 zones according to their locations:

  • Zone 1: Sharjah and the Eastern region

  • Zone 2: Fujairah

  • Zone 3: Ajman + Um Al Quwain

  • Zone 4: Dubai 

  • Zone 5: Ras Al Khaimah 

This award aims to increase environmental awareness amongst students from KG to Grade 12, and to encourage the youth to actively participate in environmentally educational activities within their school systems and promote self-initiative.

  •  To promote environmental education amongst students and instil values, knowledge and skills, which lead to positive behavioural changes that support the school and the environment.
  •  To instil values of positive behaviour and sense of responsibility among all students in accordance with sound environmental practices.
  •  To encourage all students to actively participate in their schools’ environmental activities and promote their own initiatives.
  •  To educate students about the UAE environment and global environmental issues.
  •  To promote students’ attitudes towards greening their school through environmental initiatives.
  •  To encourage schools to invest time and effort in creative environmental initiatives.

The judging committee will comprise of environmental experts and Bee’ah representatives.

  • Only schools which are under the Ministry of Education are allowed to participate in the award.
  • Schools which won the award previously may apply for nomination again this year.
  • Teachers and students who won the Outstanding Individual Achievement Award in the previous year may not apply again this year. They will be able to apply in the year after that.
  • The project must comply with the set criteria, and non-compliant projects shall be excluded. We also reserve the right to remove an entire category from the competition if we believe that none of the projects submitted meet the criteria.
  • The project must be related to sustainable development.
  • The project and its activities should occur during the 2017/2018 school year.
  • The documents and attachments submitted shall be in two copies (paper + electronic version).

The theme revolves around an environmental problem in the UAE, and the schools’ role is to find solutions for the problem through their submitted projects.  The theme for 2017/2018 is “Preservation of Natural Resources”.   

Natural resources are naturally occurring materials that exist within our environment in their original form. While renewable resources like water, air, sunlight are used for our survival, the non-renewable resources like coal, gas, oil are used for powering our daily needs. We may think that the Earth is rich with these natural resources, but they are quickly depleting as they are being used at a much faster rate than they can be replenished.

Facts:

  • Paper comes from trees
  • Plastic comes from petroleum
  • Electricity in the UAE comes from gas power plants
  • Water in UAE comes from desalination plants

We need to act now, because we will not be able to depend on these natural resources for a long time.

 

Grade

Category

Project Description

Prize

KG - Grade 2

Best Environmental Science Experiment Teachers can share their environmental knowledge by teaching the students how to conduct environmental science experiments  

1st place 15,000 AED

2nd place 10,000 AED

3rd place 5,000 AED

Grades 3-5

Best Environmental Film

Students can embrace a lighter and more fun way to communicate environmental messages by creating either a movie or a documentary that sends a powerful message to its audience 

1st place 20,000 AED

2nd place 10,000 AED

3rd place 5,000 AED

Grades 6-9

Best Environmental Prototype  Reduce the problem through an innovative prototype  

1st place 20,000 AED

2nd place 10,000 AED

3rd place 5,000 AED

Grades 10-12

Best Environmental Invention  Reduce the problem through an innovative green invention   

1st place 25,000 AED

2nd place 15,000 AED

3rd place 10,000 AED

Teacher

(3 winners)

Outstanding Individual Achievement

The Outstanding Teacher leads by example, encourages action, and has a desire for all his/her students to possess the required knowledge for bettering the environment

1st place 15,000 AED

2nd place 10,000 AED

3rd place 5,000 AED

Student

(3 winners)

Outstanding Individual Achievement

The Outstanding Student shows strong leadership skills, encourages action, and motivates their peers to get involved in the quest to preserve Mother Nature

1st place 10,000 AED

2nd place 7,000 AED

3rd place 5,000 AED

 

Grade Criteria Link
KG – grade 2 Best Environmental Science Experiment Link
Grade 3 - 5 Best Environmental Film Link
Grade 6 - 9 Best Environmental Prototype Link
Grade 10 - 12 Best Environmental Invention Link
Outstanding Individual Achievement Teacher category Link
Outstanding Individual Achievement Student category Link

 

Training workshops will be conducted for the schools to explain the competition’s rules and criteria.  

The below timeline shows when these training sessions will take place: 

  • 20th November 2017: Zone 1 Sharjah and the Eastern region  
  • 22nd November 2017: Zone 2 Fujairah 
  • 26th November 2017: Zone 3 Ajman + Um Al Quwain 
  • 28th November 2017: Zone 4 Dubai 
  • 30th November 2017: Zone 5 RAS Al Khaimah 

The schools will have a period of 4 months, from December till March to work on their projects.

All projects must be submitted to Bee’ah’s head office personally or through a courier before the deadline March 8th, 2018.

The judges will review all submitted projects in-house, where they will shortlist the top submissions.

This judging period will be for 3 weeks from 11th March – 29th March 2018

Once we have the list of shortlisted projects, we will conduct school visits to judge the projects on the school premises.  

Number of school visits:  

  • KG – grade 2: 10 schools  

  • Grade 3 – 5: 10 schools  

  • Grade 6 – 9: 10 Schools  

  • Grade 10 – 12: 10 Schools 

  • Outstanding teachers: 5 (Office interviews) 

  • Outstanding students: 5 (Office interviews)  

Bee’ah representatives and the environmental experts will be conducting these school visits 

4 weeks will be dedicated for these school visits, from 10th April – 3rd may 2018. The judging committee will be visiting all the shortlisted schools to determine the winners.  

An awards ceremony will be held on June 3rd to congratulate and award all the winners. (Date might change according to Ramadan timing + school final exams).