Educational Programmes

Educating and inspiring the future generation about environmental preservation is crucial for sustainable development. Throughout the years, EEG’s educational programmes arm young minds with knowledge on sustainability and foster their responsibility, observance and awareness. These qualities in turn empower the youth of the UAE, the backbone of the nation, to adapt long-lasting and persistent environmentally friendly practices to be carried into adulthood. EEG engages and unites enthusiastic and committed students across the MENA Region and provides them with meaningful platforms to learn, connect and express their stance for the betterment of the environment. EEG’s educational programme raises proactive individuals, who hold an important role in bringing transformation to sustain our planet.

These programmes contribute towards the fulfillment of the UN SDG no. 4 (Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all)

Environmental Drawing Competition

Art creates a powerful and lasting emotion, as visual images stick with us more than words. Hence, artists can use art to make a statement that moves viewers into action. Art also helps with mental and motor skill development amongst younger children and hence in recent years, there has been great interest among educators in understanding and further developing links between arts based learning and human development. As this is one of the most popular events of EEG, more than 500 schools across the UAE take part each year. In 2019, students were given the opportunity to creatively express their views on the following topics, “One world, one family”, “Green UAE” and “Kindness to animals”. These topics aligned with the theme of Year of Tolerance.

These programmes contribute towards the fulfillment of the UN SDG no. 7, 11, 13 and 15 which focus on affordable and clean energy, sustainable cities and communities, climate action and life on land respectively.

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Inter School Environmental Public Speaking Competition

Confidence and powerful oratory skills are essential for effectively raising awareness and encouraging the conventional crowd to convert into environmentally responsible citizens. Thus, EEG provides the young minds of the UAE with a platform to develop their public speaking skills and express their concerns on environmental degradation. The competition prepares school students with confidence, critical thinking skills and sound knowledge on existing sustainability issues. In 2019, more than 400 schools participated and the topics consisted of “Food waste management: achieving zero hunger”, ‘Healthcare and sustainability”, “Artificial Intelligence and the Environment” and “Climate change: reversing the tipping point.” The competition was judged by bilingual environmental experts from ENOC, Khawarizmi International College, Abela and Co., and Emirates Global Aluminum.

The event focused on UN SDG no. 2, 4, 9, 13 and 17, which represent zero hunger, quality education, industry, innovation and infrastructure, climate action and partnerships for the goals, respectively.

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Students Workshop

EEG works to transform and enrich the lives of youth through means of education whilst recognising its role as a driving force for sustainable development. Students Workshops serve as one of a kind implementation platform, providing the student community with an opportunity to enhance understanding and build action-oriented approach towards existing and emerging sustainability issues. In a time when the country is steadily moving forward with sustainability etched in its core, it is very important to inculcate the same values into the young minds of today and our future generation. The 19th cycle of this event was themed “Unlocking the Seasons,” and it helped students elaborate on the benefits and adaptive techniques in summer, spring, autumn and winter. Real world activities such as debates, discussions and practical sessions were carried out and emphasized on all of the UN SDGs.

This event focused on UN SDG no. 4, which states Quality education.

Inter College Environmental Public Speaking Competition

EEG believes that education is the key to achieving uttermost environmental success. This belief inspires EEG to serve as a creative platform for tomorrow’s sustainability champions to come together and discuss contemporary environmental issues. The 19th Inter College Environmental Public Speaking Competition gave a chance for outstanding international undergraduate student participants across the GCC to creatively showcase their public speaking skills and express their opinions about environmental and sustainability issues. This enables them to expand their thought-process to propose innovative solutions for bringing a positive change. In 2019, more than 300 members were a part of the event and the topics consisted of “Food waste management: achieving zero hunger”, “Healthcare and sustainability”, “Artificial intelligence and the environment” and “Climate change: reversing the tipping point.”

This event therefore, focused on UN SDG no. 2, 4, 9, 13 and 17, which represent zero hunger, quality education, industry, innovation and infrastructure, climate action and partnerships for the goals, respectively.

Campus Outreach

As EEG aims to positively contribute to the advancement of sustainable development, it acts as a focal point for students of diverse ages, nationalities and backgrounds across academic institutions in the UAE and recently in other parts of the world. Concerned pupils engage in discussions with EEG about issues and implementation of solutions within different aspects of sustainability, creating inspiration for impactful actions and developments. During the months of February to October in 2019, the following academic institutions participated: GEMS Modern Academy, Al Raha International School, Canadian Univeristy Dubai, University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong), Al Ghurair University, GEMS Camp (Texas), Hashemite University (Jordan).