To re-orient the learning experience towards sustainable development and push for Education for Sustainable Development, EEG organises the bilingual Inter College Environmental Public Speaking Competition as a prominent platform where undergraduate students in the Arab region can put forth their dynamic and strong views on environmental issues. Through extensive research and case studies, students firmly voice out their viewpoints on various grave environmental concerns to prominent judges.

Emirates Environmental Group

Implemented in

  • Middle East

Sectors of activity
Culture and recreation, Scientific Research, Development and Innovation

Type of initiative
Education & Awareness Raising

Type of lead actor
Civil society

Shared by

Habiba Al Marashi

Chairperson

Emirates Environmental Group

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Objectives

The main objectives of the Inter College Environmental Public Speaking Competition are:
• To motivate students on various environmental issues;
• To develop their public speaking skills;
• To serve as a platform for future generations to express their concern over the fragile environment;
• To find ways to preserve and protect the environment;
• To build the confidence and personality of the student community.
• To provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring and enabling young people to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations;
• To recognise the contribution made by young people and distinguish themselves in the field of environmental protection
The Competition provides students from across the Arab world a platform to express themselves, while learning from their peers. EEG encourages them to think out of the box and develop innovative, yet practical solutions to issues such as climate change and global warming.
Thus, these students are more environmentally conscious and strive to be forerunners in the fight against global warming and climate change.

Activities

As collected through the One Planet Reporting

No activities have yet been reported under this initiative

Impact and Results

Since its inception in 2001, the Inter College Environmental Public Speaking Competition has grown from strength to strength. In 2006, the platform was opened to the entire GCC region. In 2012, national competitions were rolled out and the Sultanate of Oman joined this momentous platform whereby colleges and universities from all over the Sultanate of Oman compete and the winning teams then join this Pan – Arab competition. Since 2014, the growth further expanded to include the whole Arab region, leading to the scaling up of this programme.
The breakdown of participation in 2017 is as follows:
• UAE: 46 participating teams
• GCC: 18 participating teams
• MENA: 5 participating teams
The breakdown of teams participating from the MENA, GCC and UAE are as follows:
• UAE: 67%
• Oman: 19%
• Saudi Arabia: 3%
• Bahrain: 3%
• Jordan: 3%
• Kuwait: 2%
• Lebanon: 1%
• Palestine: 1%
• Sudan: 1%

Next steps and how to get involved

EEG has several plans in the pipeline to increase impact of this programme.
• Inviting experts in the field of sustainability and environmental conservation as judges.
• Supporting several teams from some of the Arab Countries financially by covering travel and boarding costs.
• Organising national-level competitions in partnership with NGOs in different Arab countries

Thus, stakeholders looking to get involved can contact us to be a partner, sponsor or participant of the programme.