Abu Dhabi's schools vie for honours in environmental contest

ABU DHABI - A four-day exhibition showcasing entries for an inter-school environmental competition was inaugurated by Shaikh Zayed bin Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan on Saturday, at the Marina Mall.

By Muawia E. Ibrahim

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Published: Mon 26 Apr 2004, 11:54 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 2:01 AM

The `Environmental Competition 2003-2004' for schools in the Abu Dhabi Emirate has been organised by the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA).

The inauguration ceremony was also attended by Shaikh Hazaa bin Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Majid Al Mansouri, ERWDA's Secretary-General and other officials from ERWDA and the Educational Zones.

Organised for the fourth consecutive year in coordination with the Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Western Region Educational Zones, the contest aims to create a more environmentally aware generation of students who care for their environment. The Marina Mall sponsors it for the second year.

Every year, the competition focuses on one of the environmental issues, where this academic year it focuses on water so it would match with the theme declared by United National Environmental Programme (UNEP) for the year 2003 as the `International Year for Fresh Water'.

In this year's competition, contestants aged up to 6 years old in Kindergarten were asked to create a piece of art under the theme `water use', while students aged 6-8 in primary schools were required to produce artwork under the theme `Misuse of Water'.

Students aged from 9-11 were asked to draw a cartoon with a slogan reflecting the theme `Need to save water'. Students aged 12-14 in middle schools were required to create a three-dimensional craft items or models to highlight the theme `Reduce, Reuse and Recycle' which should also center around the water theme.

Students aged 15 and above in senior secondary schools were divided into two groups. Contestants in the individual competition were requested to conduct research article for a paper or magazine; the theme of the article is `Environmental Impact of Desalination Plants'.

The second group is for a team competition where a group of not more than five students were asked to prepare a research or scientific report under the theme `Availability and use of water in Abu Dhabi Emirate'.

The exhibition continues until April 27. On display are all entries received from government and private schools.

Judges were invited by ERWDA to select the winning entries, where winners' names will be announced in the ceremony to be held on April 28, at the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce.

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