Ministry Honours Student Projects
on Environment

ABU DHABI - Twenty-two schools in the country have been recognised for their initiatives in undertaking environment-friendly projects by the Takatof Programme for Volunteering Activities, Dr Hanif Hassan, Minister of Education, announced at a Press conference yesterday.

By Ahmed Abdul Aziz

Published: Thu 12 Feb 2009, 1:35 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 9:37 AM

The award money of Dh10,000 won by each school will be used to enhance the performance of the students in the winning schools from Abu Dhabi, Western Region, Ajman, Ras Al Khaimah, Sharjah, and Al Ain.

Dr Hanif Hassan told Khaleej Times that the MoE plans to coordinate with the concerned authorities, such as the Ministry of Environment, to implement the winning projects. “It’s important that the projects developed by the students benefit the people in the country. The students’ ideas can serve the society as real projects,” he said.

The Minister said that the encouragement through prizes was part of Islamic and Arab culture that supports voluntary works for community welfare. “We want students to understand the ethics, principles and commitment towards the society,” Dr Hassan added.

Maythaa Al Habssi, Director of Takatof Programme for Volunteering Activities, said that hundreds of students participated in the initiative with projects on recycling, laboratory safety, public health and care for the elderly.

Students from Al Ramis Secondary School in Ras Al Khaimah worked on a project to recycle water from air-conditioners for irrigating trees planted in schools, homes and public areas.

Dr Faisal Zahran, the science teacher and supervisor of the project, told Khaleej Times that 40 students worked on the project and succeeded in planting many trees in the school.

“This water is safe for consumption and we can add calcium, magnesium and sodium to give it the properties of natural water,” said Dr Zahran.

Omar Sultan Ahmed, a national 12th grade student, said that the water also can be used for manufacturing processes and in science laboratories. “We took three to four days to prepare the tools and a week to implement the idea by setting the pipes from the ACs to small trees,” he said.

Omar added that the project can be practically applied for nurturing plants in every home, shop, office, and school, and will help save water.

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