Dubai Aluminium's Clubs of Excellence enters second year
Source: BI-ME , Author: Posted by BI-ME staff
Posted: Wed February 9, 2011 11:07 pm

UAE. As a state-owned enterprise, Dubai Aluminium Company Limited (DUBAL) is passionate about the socio-economic growth of Dubai and its people; and expresses this commitment through generous support of initiatives that support the broader goals of the Dubai government.

For example, the company’s portfolio of corporate social investment projects includes substantial contributions to the UAE school community, effectively bolstering the Ministry of Education’s (MoE) efforts to educate the nation.

One such initiative is the DUBAL Clubs of Excellence project, developed in conjunction with the MoE and piloted successfully in the 2009/2010 academic year.

“Now in its second year, the DUBAL Clubs of Excellence aim to add further value to the holistic education of young Emirati students at secondary school level; and ultimately benefit the community at large,” explains Shaikha Almehairi (Senior Officer : Corporate Relations & International Affairs). “This is achieved by using DUBAL Clubs of Excellence as a forum to create awareness of the environment and the importance of conserving natural resources within schools — ultimately turning the students into ambassadors of the environment, for life.”

Five schools have been selected to participate in the DUBAL Clubs of Excellence for the 2010/2011 academic year — namely Al Soufuh Secondary School; Dubai High School; Al Shoroq Private School; Al Ittihad Private School; and The Islamic Education School. Each school has received funds from DUBAL with which to initiate their respective environment-related activities. The schools are expected to:
• Establish a DUBAL Club of Excellence, where the members and office bearers are all students (with support and input from teachers);
• Arrange for visits to local companies/organizations (such as DUBAL) to learn more about their efforts in terms of protecting the environment;
• As an environmental awareness group, arrange lectures and invite neighbours schools to participate in/ attend these lectures (presenters may be drawn from DUBAL’s Environment department);
• Host exhibitions that project the 3R concept (reduce, reuse and recycle) by featuring artworks created by the students from recycled or reused materials; and
• Conduct environment-related activities, whereby Club members are encouraged to participate in local outdoor campaigns (such as Clean Up the UAE campaign and Earth Hour) as well as greenery projects within the school premises.

The official opening ceremony of the DUBAL Clubs of Excellence 2010/2011 project took place Tulaytila Education and Public Services Center in Deira on Monday 31 January 2011. Supervisors from the participating schools were in attendance along with Shaikha Almehairi from DUBAL and Huda Ashoor from Knowledge and Human Development Authority (“KHDA”). A committee comprising representatives of DUBAL and KHDA will visit the five schools mid-May this year to evaluate their projects; and a final award ceremony will be held at the beginning of June.

According to Shaikha Almehairi, the three best-performing schools will receive prizes; and a separate award will be presented to the school with the best idea (i.e. the idea that has the greatest impact in terms of protecting the environment).



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