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, took the initiative to launch a school competition under the title of Sharjah Environment Awareness Award.

Expansion to all Emirates

To increase the competition and spread the environmental message among a large number of students and teachers, the competition was expanded to all the schools in the Emirates under the title “Environmental Excellence School Award” (EESA).

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 2018/2019 school year.
  • The documents and attachments submitted must 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 2018/2019 is “Changing existing practices into green, sustainable solutions using technology
The UAE has come a long way in terms of technology. We’re always looking to change our old methods and incorporate technology into our daily lives.

This year, schools need to focus on sustainable technology and work on projects related to the theme.

 

Grade

Category

Project Description

Prize

KG - Grade 2

Best Environmental Sustainable School The teachers can share their environmental knowledge by teaching the students the importance of having an eco-friendly classroom and how to implement that through the daily routine

1st place 15,000 AED

2nd place 10,000 AED

3rd place 5,000 AED

Grades 3-5

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

1st place 20,000 AED

2nd place 10,000 AED

3rd place 5,000 AED

Grades 6-9

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 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 Sustainable School Link
Grade 3 - 5 Best Environmental Science experiment Link
Grade 6 - 9 Best Environmental Film Link
Grade 10 - 12 Best Environmental Invention Link
Outstanding Individual Achievement Teacher category Link
Outstanding Individual Achievement Student category Link

 

Details Date
Start of EESA Registration 5th September 2018
Registration deadline 24th September 2018
Training Workshops 7th, 9th, 14th October 2018
Projects deadline 7th February 2019
Judging period 11th February – 21st February 2019
School visits – part 1 25th February – 14th March 2019
School visits – part 2 15th April – 18th April 2019
Award Ceremony 1st May 2019

 

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:

  • 7th October 2018: Sharjah, Eastern region, Ajman, Um Al Quwain
  • 9th October 2018: Dubai, Ras Al Khaima, Fujairah
  • 14th October 2018: Abu Dhabi

The schools will have a period of 4 months, from October till February to work on their projects.
All projects must be submitted to Bee’ah’shead office personally or through a courier before the deadline 7thFebruary2019.

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

This judging period will be for 2 weeks from 11th February – 21st February 2019

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

The school visits will be divided into to parts:

  • School visits – part one from:25th February – 14th March 2019
  • School visits – part two from: 15th April – 18th April 2019

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)  

The judging committee will be visiting all the shortlisted schools to determine the winners.

An awards ceremony will be held on 1st of May 2019 to congratulate and award all the winners. (Date subject to change)