Sunday, July 5, 2009

Green School Concept Unveiled

The Gulf Today, 30 Oct 2008
The green school concept for the UAE has been unveiled at the ‘Tomorrow’s Environmentalists’ workshop for students conducted by Emirates Environmental Group at Rashid School for Boys in Dubai.
The concept was presented by Dr Sadrudhin Damji, director of academic development with Taaleem innovative educational group. The green school concept of ‘learning it by living it’ was focused on providing an educational forum in three main areas, which includes green school principles, the curriculum and daily green practices.
Dr Damji revealed, “The LEED certification criterion is now to be extended to education field, and Taaleem will build the first school to achieve the LEED certification in Dubai and in Behrain. The benefits of achieving LEED are verified performance, lower operating cost, enhanced productivity and greater awareness through curriculum and practice.”
“The initiative will have plans in re-treating sewage water from schools and using insulated pool covers to reduce energy loss and water evaporation. A set of green school principles have been designed as part of the drive, which include integrate school community with its natural environment, adopt sustainable practices, contribute to natural eco-system, use renewable energy and reduce waste,” he added.
Dr Dimji pointed out that the green school goal to be achieved is the ecological literacy, which makes the children to keep environmental ethics and the significance of contributing to society.
The concept aims at developing energy smart schools with network of people who can share experiences using solar energy in schools, with creative contributions of students.

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