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Students of Mamoura British Academy working on a 'green' project

Abu Dhabi school honoured for environment initiatives

ABU DHABI, September 12, 2023

Mamoura British Academy in Abu Dhabi, UAE, has been named a ‘Top 3 Finalist’ for the World’s Best School Prize for Environmental Action, in recognition of its initiatives to empower its students and transforming communities through sustainability.

The $250,000 World’s Best School Prizes, founded last year by T4 Education in collaboration with Accenture, American Express, Yayasan Hasanah, and the Lemann Foundation, are some of the world’s most prestigious education prizes.

The prize will be equally shared among the winners of the five prizes, with each receiving an award of $50,000.

The five World’s Best School Prizes – for Community Collaboration, Environmental Action, Innovation, Overcoming Adversity, and Supporting Healthy Lives – celebrate schools everywhere for the pivotal role they play in developing the next generation of learners and for their enormous contribution to society’s progress, especially in the wake of Covid.

The prizes were established to share the best practices of schools that are transforming the lives of their students and making a real difference to their communities.

The winners of the five Prizes will be chosen by an expert Judging Academy based on rigorous criteria.

In addition, T4 Education has launched a new Community Choice Award this year – open to the 15 schools that make up the Top 3 finalists across all five World’s Best School Prizes – and given to the one school that inspires the most support in a Public Vote, which opened on Tuesday (September 12).

The winner of the Community Choice Award will receive membership to T4 Education’s new Best School to Work programme, an independent, evidence-based mechanism to certify schools for their culture and help them transform their working environment to attract and retain the best teachers.

Jill Huntley, Managing Director – Global Corporate Citizenship, at Accenture, said: “I want to congratulate Mamoura British Academy on being named a Top 3 finalist for the World’s Best School Prize for Environmental Action 2023. This great honour recognises the Academy for the work it has done to safeguard our planet’s future and I hope educators everywhere will be inspired by the example of this outstanding school.”

Vikas Pota, Founder of T4 Education and the World’s Best School Prizes, said: “Congratulations to Mamoura British Academy in the UAE on making the final 3 for the World’s Best School Prize for Environmental Action 2023 just as the nation prepares to host COP28. You, and your fellow finalists, have inspired me with the leadership, vision and culture you have fostered and for the exceptional teaching and learning environment you have built.

Mamoura British Academy’s work is led almost entirely by a dedicated team of student ambassadors from ages 3 – 18, pursuing the Global Goals and the outcomes of the One Young World Summit and helping the school achieve Eco Green flag status.

Mamoura British Academy’s environmental efforts began with simple recycling projects before growing organically over the years. The school began to incorporate sustainable food practices through aeroponic gardens – a method of growing plants without soil. Strategic partnerships with Madar Farms and Grazia Farms have supported curriculum enhancement and given the school access to invaluable resources.

It launched a school retrofit in which students prioritised energy reduction through the installation of light motion detectors in each classroom.

The winner of each of the five World’s Best School Prizes will be announced in November.

All the Top 3 finalists will share their best practices through School Transformation Toolkits and events on the T4 Communities app. – TradeArabia News Service







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