As part of its ongoing commitment to Education for Sustainable Development, EEG organises the bilingual Inter School Environmental Public Speaking Competition (ISEPSC) to engage and involve students in research on vital environmental issues. Through this, their young minds will be fuelled with a drive to find environmental solutions for their country and the world at large.

Emirates Environmental Group

Implemented in

  • Middle East
  • United Arab Emirates

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

Type of initiative
Education & Awareness Raising, Research, Analysis, Assessment

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 School Environmental Public Speaking Competition are:
• To motivate students on various environmental issues
• To develop public speaking skills, while enhancing student confidence
• To serve as a platform for future generations to express their concern over the fragile environment and to find ways to preserve and protect it
• To recognise the contribution made by the youth in the field of environmental protection.

One of the strongest tools used to affect change in the world is the power of speech. Utilising this effective tool, EEG’s ISEPSC also aids in personality development, building of self-confidence and improving public speaking skills - qualities that help students in the long run. A public forum such as this one enhances a sense of friendly competition among the youth, while ensuring they are in touch with the broader environmental concerns of the planet.
It is unfortunate that environmental issues such as climate change and global warming are the result of previous generations and their callous attitudes. However, it is the young shoulders of the youth of this generation that must bear the burden and bring about a positive change. It is for this very reason that EEG attempts to equip them with the right tools, perspectives and attitudes so they are successful in the fight against environmental degradation.

Activities

As collected through the One Planet Reporting

No activities have yet been reported under this initiative

Impact and Results

This being the 17th cycle of the Competition, we have seen tremendous growth since its inception in 2001.
The breakdown of participation in the United Arab Emirates is as follows:
• Dubai 56%
• Abu Dhabi 24%
• Sharjah 10%
• Ras Al Khaimah 3%
• Fujairah 3%
• Ajman 4%
To demonstrate growth over the years, the following data for participating schools can be considered:
• Cycle 1 2001: 37 participating schools
• Cycle 4 2004: 55 participating schools
• Cycle 13 2013: 62 participating schools
• Cycle 16 2016: 75 participating schools

Next steps and how to get involved

EEG has several plans in the pipeline to increase impact of this programme. With the right partnership, we would like to implement the following:
• Invite experts in the field of sustainability and environmental conservation as judges/speakers
• Provide participating teams with more props such as lights and other tools to use as part of their presentations
• Encourage participation from the more remote Emirates in the UAE
• Open the Competition to schools from the wider Middle East countries
We would also like to invite private sector entities to work with us in this highly impactful programme.