First-of-its-kind summit aims to promote eco-projects in Bahrain schools
TDT | Manama
The Daily Tribune – www.newsofbahrain.com
Reported by Ashen Tharaka
St Christopher’s School in Bahrain, with the support of the Supreme Council for the Environment, Bahrain Polytechnic and Upcycle Bahrain, organised an “International Schools Eco Summit” at the Bahrain Polytechnic campus hall yesterday.
“Bahrain - Hear our Voice” is the first event of its kind in Bahrain with the aim of schools and organisations sharing knowledge and collaborating on the incredible eco projects currently happening all over the island.
In an interview with Sadeq Rahma, a senior environmentalist at the Supreme Council for the Environment, Bahrain collected 1.8 million metric tonnes of waste in 2021, largely from domestic waste and less industrial waste than in previous years.
“That is why we are putting forth quick-moving programmes to lead our country toward sustainable goals,” Rahma told The Daily Tribune. The summit aims to share good practices amongst schools, whilst also showcasing Bahraini organisations and their sustainability programmes. A key focus is how students can support these programmes and take action themselves at home or in school.
Mark Jones, organiser, St Christopher’s School, told The Daily Tribune: “There is a huge amount of great sustainable practice taking place in schools and organisations around Bahrain, but this is not always shared sufficiently.”
This free event was attended by about 300 students aged 10-16 from 16 different private schools in Bahrain with speakers and workshops from five different eco organisations, including the Supreme Council for the Environment, Reef Arabia, Nidukki, Learn to Grow, and Dr Earth.
Students from five schools will also present their eco-school projects to their peers. The key priority of this summit was to make it an annual event for students to demonstrate the impact of their projects one year after the last edition of this event.
The hope is that schools also begin to work collaboratively on each other’s projects, thereby growing the positive impact of their work.