Dubai Schools Cut Down Their Consumption of Electricity and Water
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority recently announced the results of the Third “Conservation For a Better Tomorrow Award” 2007-2008, which takes place each year and views the participation of private and government schools, as well as Arabic and English speaking schools. The awards ceremony took place at Raffles Hotel in Dubai to honor the winning schools, as a part of the Authority’s larger program aimed at instilling conservation of water and electricity consumption fundamentals to all segments of Dubai’s community.
The results of the competition, which takes upon the reduction of water and electricity as one of its main criteria, is evidence of the great success of the efforts the Authority has taken to spread the culture of conservation, especially among school students. A number of schools reduced their consumption of water and electricity by more than 50% compared to their last participation in the award in 2006-2007. Electricity consumption reduction was maintained by shutting down AC and lights after schools hours. Water conservation on the other hand was achieved through checking the water piping system for any leaks, and by fixing water reducers on tabs.
The ceremony was attended by HE Saeed M. Al Tayer, DEWA MD and CEO; HE Dr, Abdullah AL Karam, Chairman of the board of Directors and Director General of Knowledge and Human Development Authority; HE Fatma Al Marri, CEO of Schools Agency, and member of the National Council; in addition to a number of department heads in the two authorities, as well as winning schools headmasters and teachers.
"Dubai Government pursues sustainable development in line with Dubai Strategy 2015, outlined by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai", said Al Tayer addressing the audience. "With reference to securing sufficient supply of electricity and water in Dubai, DEWA saves no effort in doing so, under the environmental requirements, in accordance with the guidance of Dubai Government".
"The ceremony to honor schools winning the "Conservation for a Better Tomorrow" award is part of the framework DEWA is pursuing to conserve electricity and water consumption. The award is part of a bigger array of programs, undertaken by the authority to establish a culture among all members of Dubai society", added Al Tayer.
Amal Koshak, Manager Investors Services, DEWA, welcomed the results of participating schools and said: "We have seen this year, the third year of the award, a high competition between schools, indicating deep awareness among students and teachers, and pointing to the fact that DEWA awareness programs are effective. Some schools saving of up to 50% of their consumption is a strong indicator, which urge us to exert further efforts in other sectors in Dubai."
Al Tayer and Al Karam, then handed the awards to the winning schools which were:
Kindergarden: Al Shorooq in the first place, Al Rabee came second.
Preliminary Schools: Jumeira model school in the first place, Salama AL Ansariya came second, and Sultan Al Owais came third.
Intermediate schools: Umm Suqaim School came first, Al Dhara girls was second and Al Razi school was in third position.
Secondary schools: Sukaina Bint Al Hussain school was in first position, Asma Bint Numan came second, and Al Raya school was third.
As Atiffa Hafez, Principal of Al Shorooq Kindergarden commented: "this is the second time we have taken part in the "Conservation for a Better Tomorrow" award contest. We were impressed with the children's desire to participate, knowing that most of them practically conserve electricity and water at school and at home, which signals the positive attitudes they possess at this age, and how they are touched by DEWA's message."
DEWA launched the "Conservation for a Better Tomorrow Award” in 2005 among Dubai schools. DEWA also holds the Best Consumer Award which targets residential consumers. The award is aimed at rewarding the residential consumer who achieves the highest savings in electricity and water during a certain period of time. Taking part in the Best Consumer Award is open until 31st August 2008. to get more information and to register in the Best Consumer Award, please visit www.dewa,gov.ae, and press the link to Best Consumer Award.