Sustainable Schools Initiative - from Awareness to Action

The Sustainable Schools Initiative or Al Madaris Al Mustadama is a ‘whole school' initiative that reaches out to students, parents, teachers, administrative staff and the neighbourhood community. It is also one of the Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi's flagship projects for implementation in its quest to move towards a sustainable environment for a sustainable future.

The project has been designed and developed by the Agency to capacity build schools and the school community to assess and address their own environmental impacts in addition to rolling its sustained environmental education programmes and activities for the whole school community.

Project Objectives

  • • to ensure environmental sustainability within schools through green auditing and management measures
  • • to capacity build teachers from schools to tackle current pedagogies on environment education through training programmes and workshops
  • • to empower and build leadership capacity amongst students in schools to reach out to the community by setting up and running successful eco clubs
  • • to expose students to experiential learning through ‘hands on’ field trips

Project Sponsor

British Petroleum (BP)

Project Partners

  • • Ministry of Environment and Water
  • • Abu Dhabi Education Council
  • • Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Authority
  • • Centre for Waste Management – Tadweer
  • • Department of Municipal Affairs and Transport

All schools registered under this Initiative are expected to

  • • assess and address the environmental impacts of their schools using the Agency’s green school audit and management process
  • • empower their students by setting up and running successful eco clubs
  • • capacity build their teachers through the teacher training programmes
  • • expose their students to hands on field trips

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