The Bee’ah School of Environment (BSOE), a dynamic environment education CSR initiative by Bee’ah, recognised the achievements of 26 winners at its 2020 Virtual Awards ceremony. This marks the tenth anniversary of the Environmental Excellence School Award which celebrates the UAE’s youth’s creative and innovative solutions to some of the major environmental challenges.
BSOE is a comprehensive nation-wide environmental education programme that aims to create a greener generation through a diverse range of online and offline interactive platforms and activities. BSOE programme now reaches more than 250,000 students from 500 schools across the UAE, as per the press release.
More than 450 participating schools presented a range of creative environmental-related projects under the theme ‘The Preservation of Marine Life and Water Resources’. Winners, which included students and teachers, across five categories won cash prizes ranging from AED 2,000 to AED 25,000, totalling over AED 130,000.
In addition, BSOE’s annual awards included the seventh edition of the Inter School Recycling Competition (ISRC); a leading Sharjah-based competition that rewards schools that collected the highest tonnage of recyclables during an academic year. The total amount of recyclables collected this year by all the participating schools was 323.458 tonnes.
The third award was the second edition of the Great Battery Challenge, launched in 2019 in partnership with Duracell, the world’s leading manufacturer of high-performance alkaline batteries. This initiative aims to inspire future generations to become advocates of environmental change by championing battery recycling and promoting responsible batteries disposal habits. The ceremony paid tribute to the 26 winners across 500 UAE schools, who were awarded cash prizes across three competitions amounting to AED 243,000. A panel discussion was also held during the virtual ceremony.
Commenting on the occasion, H.E Khaled Al Huraimel, Group CEO of Bee’ah said, “Our work through BSOE is a vital part of our mission at Bee’ah to ensure a sustainable quality of life for our world today, and for future generations to come. And as we work toward this goal, we know that the youth of our nation are the cornerstone of our future. This is why we gather today, virtually, to recognise their accomplishments and potential.”
Hind Al Huwaidi, Outreach Manager at Bee’ah, announced that BSOE will be launching two new interactive programmes for youth this year: “This year, BSOE is introducing two gamified learning platforms, ‘Urban Waste Management’ and ‘Future Masters of Sustainability’, with challenges on different levels to keep students engaged.”