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Bee’ah Launches School Of Environment

New environmental education programme supported by Dana Gas to benefit 100,000 pupils across 145 schools in Sharjah

Bee’ah - The Sharjah Environment Company, today launched the Bee’ah School of Environment, an innovative education initiative designed to help school teachers coach pupils on environmental responsibility.

The Bee’ah School of Environment, sponsored by Dana Gas and endorsed by the Sharjah Education Zone, was officially launched during a media conference held at teh Bee’ah booth during the International Education Show in Sharjah.

H.E. Salim Bin Mohammed Al Owais, Bee’ah’s Chairman, said the idea behind the Bee’ah School of Environment was born as a response to 98 percent of teachers in Sharjah schools expressing that they did not have the facilities or teaching tools to make a difference to their school’s environment and teach students to be environmentally responsible.

“While the majority of Sharjah’s teachers are committed to making a difference, our survey found that they are in desperate need of additional resources and tools, such as lesson plans and visual aids. According to our survey, teachers have also indicated a need for additional training, workshops and seminars.

“As a result of these requests Bee’ah has invested heavily in the form of intellectual capital, time and money over a one year period, focusing on research and development to find a solution to address these needs. The efforts of many people, and Dana Gas’ commitment as sponsor, is what culminated in the establishment of the Bee’ah School of Environment,” Al Owais said.

Commenting as school sponsor, Mr Ahmed Al Arbeed, Dana Gas CEO, said: “As a regional company headquartered in Sharjah, we are particularly pleased to support such a worthy educational and environmental initiative that will benefit the current and future generations in Sharjah. Dana Gas prides itself in making a positive contribution to each community in which it operates.

Al Arbeed added: “As one of the leading companies at the forefront of global environmental responsibility, Dana Gas recognises that sustained social and economic development is dependent upon meeting educational needs and safeguarding the environment. The Bee’ah School of the Environment is a further example of our long-term commitment to these important factors.

Mr. Khaled Al Huraimel, General Manager of Bee’ah, said at the launch: “The Bee’ah School of Environment will be rolled out to over 145 schools in the Emirate of Sharjah, helping to educate more than 100,000 students. Ultimately, the goal behind the School of Environment is to create a culture that encourages the adoption of lifelong environmental practices for a greener lifestyle among the youth.”

The Bee’ah School of Environment offers teachers a bilingual (Arabic and English) platform to engage students to learn about environmental responsibility using interactive lesson plans. These lessons have been developed to offer a fun-filled learning experience and can be applied either in classrooms or eco-clubs. A highlight of each lesson plan is that it can be integrated easily into the existing curricula, and has been grouped according to school subjects to which they are related.

Teachers across Sharjah will be trained in the coming weeks and will be granted access to lesson plans, at their convenience, through the online and digital interface.

Two main themes, recycling and environmental awareness, have been included throughout the lessons. These themes are also in line with Bee’ah’s overall educational strategy.

Talking about the unique leadership role Sharjah fulfilled on the cultural and educational fronts, Al Huraimel added that the emirate was also at the forefront of promoting green issues. According to Al Huraimel, the collective commitment to the environment, as shown by Bee’ah and the Sharjah Government, as well as corporate partners like Dana Gas, presented environmentally aware investors with blossoming opportunities in Sharjah.

“I believe that the establishment of the Bee’ah School of Environment has once again made Sharjah a leader in environmental responsibility in the Middle East. I hope that the school will inspire others to move in the same direction,” he concluded.

Established in 2007 by an Emiri decree of the Ruler of Sharjah, His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Bee’ah acts as a community partner in cooperation with the Sharjah Municipality and addresses pressing environmental issues to improve the standard of living for all in the Emirate of Sharjah by promoting the protection of the environment. Bee’ah provides fully integrated environmental strategic solutions and services for commercial, industrial and residential groups , with its primary mission being to help transform Sharjah into a green emirate with sustainable environmental best practices.

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