The Children’s Environment Award honors the winners of its first…


Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: The Children’s Environment Award rewarded the winners of its 2020-2021 edition in the presence of His Excellency Mariam bint Mohammed Almheiri, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, and His Excellency Rym Abdullah Al Falasy, General Secretary of the Supreme Council for Maternity and Childhood.

The award was launched by the Children’s Advisory Council of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood under the patronage of the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) in 2020 to mark Emirati Children’s Day with the aim to engage the younger generation in improving the environment. durability. The inaugural edition took place under the theme “Conserving biodiversity”.

The winners were Abdullah Mohammed Al Dhaheri for Best Short Story, Maryam Yousef Al Marzouqi for Best Illustration, Ghaya Saad Al Ahbabi for Best Educational Video, Sarah Salem Smaid for Best Awareness Campaign and Sainath Manikandan for Best Technical or Scientific Project .

During the awards ceremony, Elizabeth Jamila Yafai, an early childhood practitioner also known as Mama Lisa, received honorary recognition for her personal environmental efforts. Throughout her career, she has launched multiple initiatives to motivate children to take care of the environment and has provided parents with information and advice on using recycled materials as learning resources.

In her opening speech, Her Excellency Mariam bint Mohammed Almheiri reiterated the UAE’s commitment to developing the environmental skills of the younger generation and involving young people in driving sustainability.

She said: “Environmental protection is a strategic priority which we aim to advance by engaging all segments of society, including youth and children, whose contribution reflects the strong environmental awareness in our community. We are building a new generation of future environmental champions who can lead the UAE’s environmental campaign that spans five decades and positions our country as a leading role model for environmental work and climate action.

She added, “The Children’s Environmental Prize is an important initiative that we will continue to support to raise awareness of environmental efforts in the UAE.”

For his part, His Excellency Rym Abdullah Al Falasy commended the active participation in the award, noting that it reflects the boundless energies and perseverance of children in the UAE. She pointed out that the initiative helps to form a generation capable of properly protecting the environment by improving the knowledge and skills of children and educating them about environmental challenges and the positive contribution they can make to overcome these challenges.

His Excellency added: “The involvement of children in the creation and implementation of environmental initiatives helps to strengthen their connection with the environment and empowers them as active actors in this space. We must join forces to educate children about the environment and encourage them to participate in environmental campaigns. Sensitizing the younger generation to the environmental concerns of today and tomorrow and their social, health and economic impacts will give them the necessary knowledge to contribute to the sustainable development of our environment and its resources.

The competition was open to all citizens and residents of the United Arab Emirates belonging to one of two age groups – 8-12 years old and 13-18 years old. The MOCCAE has made all information related to the award – categories by age groups, eligibility requirements and judging criteria – available on its website.


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