Pioneering programme creates generation of eco warriors


School children were urged to have their say on sustainability at a recent event aiming to keep the capital’s future green.

Over 120 schools participated in the annual Eco Club Summit, hosted as part of the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi’s (EAD) Sustainable Schools Initiative.

Launched in 2014, the event convenes students, educators and experts over two days to foster open discussion and brainstorm new ideas on sustainability issues.

“The Sustainable Schools Initiative has empowered our students and created a sense of responsibility within them,” said Dr Anita Saul, environmental coordinator and founder of the Eco Club at Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Bangladesh Islamia Private School, whose students attended the summit.

“They now understand that our environment is an important part of their education,” she added.

“It all started with a love of nature, and once they had that, they became much more aware of the environmental challenges. These are very real threats we’re facing now – and children need to know, and they need to learn how to translate their awareness into action.”

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