Friday, April 12, 2024
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Muscat – The Ministry of Education (MoE) is set to launch the second phase of a national project called Green Schools to ensure sustainability of the environment by harnessing the power of students’ minds.

H E Dr Abdullah bin Khamis Ambosaidi, Undersecretary for Education in MoE and Chairman of the Main Committee of Schools Project, highlighted the project’s mission to promote environmental awareness among educational workers and students, contributing to the nation’s sustainable development goals and achieving the objectives outlined in Oman Vision 2040. MoE is collaborating with various stakeholders, including students’ parents, government departments and private sector institutions, to nurture a generation capable of addressing environmental challenges at local and global levels and supporting the growth of the green economy.

H E Ambosaidi informed that the Green Schools project encompasses three main areas – ‘knowledge field’, which covers environmental information, sustainability concepts, circular economy and green economy; ‘skill field’ focusing on cognitive and manual skills; and ‘developing positive trends towards the environment’, emphasising values and trends related to the environment. The project’s first phase was successfully implemented in 12 schools during academic year 2022/2023, involving the participation of 685 teachers and 135 institutions, to conduct programmes and workshops and provide technical support to participating schools.

The second phase of the project will target students of Grades 7 to 10 in 52 schools in the 2023/2024 academic year across the sultanate. Funding for the project – scheduled to begin in September 2023 and to continue until April 2024 – will be provided by be’ah, Nama Group, Daleel Petroleum Company, Vodafone and Oman LNG.

The project will focus on two key topics. The first, known as ‘Sustainability Approach’, consists of two guides – one for students and another for teachers – addressing the crucial environmental topics of waste management, climate change, renewable energy, afforestation, water consumption and zero carbon neutrality. These topics will be taught during activity classes every Tuesday. The second topic – ‘School Project’ – involves each participating school conducting a project on school premises on one of the six environmental topics outlined in the guide to foster a circular economy.

By aligning with global trends, the Green Schools project aims to mitigate environmental risks and threats, address undesirable behaviour among young students, and cultivate a sense of responsibility towards their community.

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