Reduction in electricity and water consumption, innovative projects, and creative ideas, indicate positive response of students to DEWA’s conservation programs
In conclusion of the Third "Conservation for a Better Tomorrow" award contest2007 - 2008, organized by Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) among Dubai schools, within a larger program aimed at instilling conservation of electricity and water consumption fundamentals, the authority held an award ceremony to honor winning schools in all conservation categories. There are four award categories given to school, work teams, parents and school workers.
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.
Al Tayer, and Al Karam toured an exhibition held along the ceremony, showcasing participating school works in the award contest. Their excellencies praised these works and the efforts exerted by schools. Al Tayer stressed the high importance of electricity and water conservation in Dubai, for its impact on reducing the consumption of both, reducing therefore the consumption of natural resources, and conserving the environment.
"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 Dubai guidance".
"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.
Dr Abdulla Al Karam, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Director General of the Knowledge and Human Development Authority, said: “Our children are our future and the environment will shape the type of world they will live in. I have been really impressed by all of the schools here today and feel that this young generation will make a good job of caring for our world.”
Fatma Al Marri, CEO of Dubai’s Schools Agency, said: “The children have obviously taken the subject of conservation to their hearts. Their displays at the awards ceremony showed a knowledge and passion which gave me confidence for the future. As a former school principal I know how much hard work goes into these events, and I think all the pupils taking part should be very proud of themselves, as we are proud of them.”
Amal Koshak, Manager Investors Services, DEWA, welcomed the attendees, and extended her congratulations to the winning 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. We hope school children will take part in spreading the message of awareness in their cycles, so that what DEWA is trying to accomplish gets to all members of the community."
Students from Salma Al Ansarya school then presented the "Conservation Play", which was well received by the audience.
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 Ansarya 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." She also thanked the team and the kindergarden staff efforts that contributed to winning the first place on the kindergardens level.
DEWA launched the "Conservation for a Better Tomorrow in 2005 among Dubai schools. DEWA also hold the Best Consumer Award which targets residential consumers. The award is aimed at rewarding the consumer who achieves the highest savings in electricity and water during a certain period of time. The Best Consumer award 2008 was launched during WETEX 2008 last March.
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