These Emirati women built classrooms from shipping containers

These Emirati women built classrooms from shipping containers

The project was a joint effort between DEWA and DP World to supply classrooms for refugee camps.



By Staff Reporter

Published: Sat 5 Nov 2016, 8:41 PM

Last updated: Sun 6 Nov 2016, 7:57 AM

Out-of-service shipping containers were converted into classrooms for refugee camps by the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) and DP World as part of the Carbon Ambassador Programme.
The Carbon Ambassador Programme is aimed at promoting a culture of sustainable development among fresh graduates and young employees through engaging them in green activities planned by different public and private sector organisations.
DP World provided the six containers, which were then developed by its employees, raising awareness on environmental issues by using sustainable material in the construction of the classrooms and by employing renewable resources such as solar energy to fuel the running of air-conditioning and electronic equipment.
The eight young Emirati women from DP World who worked on the project are Alia Janahi, Maryam Al Zaabi, Saeeda Khamis, Sana Al Awadi, Thureya Al Ali, Shatha Al Falasi, Khaloud Al Jasmi and Nora Al Ali. Inspired by nature, recycling and technology, they've created a classroom for children who are in need of educational assistance and better learning environments.
The unique space will give refugee children access to real-life, working sustainable technologies, while enabling them and developing their thinking toward building a sustainable future for their communities.
"Sustainability is a fundamental aspect of being a responsible business and we believe doing the right thing today is the best way to thrive in the future," said Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, DP World Group Chairman and CEO. "By strategically investing in issues that affect our society, we are creating a legacy for future generations and their involvement is key," he emphasised.
Dewa CEO and managing director Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer added: "Dewa strives to enhance the creative skills of young people and motivate them to innovate. Dewa is also committed to involve the youth in achieving sustainable development objectives. The youth of today are the leaders of tomorrow, who will play a key role in decision-making at all levels."

- reporters@khaleejtimes.com


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