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Eco-club students hold rally at World Trade Centre, Abu Dhabi
BY SHAMILA JAMALUDDIN April 07, 2017
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ABU DHABI: To mark the twentieth anniversary of Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD), twenty eco-club students of Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Bangladesh Islamia school, Abu Dhabi (SKBZ), held a two-hour campaign to raise awareness on the endangered animals of the UAE.

The students held a rally at World Trade Centre - Abu Dhabi, recently, holding beautiful banners that portrayed messages like “Shoot Us with Cameras, Not with Guns”, “Protect and Care, Save the Rare”, “Go Wild for Life, Say No to Wildlife Trade”.

To grab mall spectators’ attention some of the students wore crowns depicting the six endangered species – the Arabian Oryx, Saker Falcon, Flamingo, Houbara Bustard, Hawksbill Turtle and the Dugong that are highlighted this year by the EAD as deserving special care and protection.

Mir Anisul Hasan, SKBZ Principal, told The Gulf Today: “Campaigns like this can instill values and vision within the minds of students, and help them develop a holistic, human and creative outlook.

“Today’s students should march ahead with initiatives to create a difference in the mindset of the people for a better planet and world alike,” added Hasan.

The SKBZ awareness campaign held recently was also part of the school’s Sustainable Schools Initiative (SSI) programme initiated by the EAD.

Moreover, SKBZ students Amrin Aziz and Afrin Aziz of Grade 10 performed a rap song on creating a pollution-free earth, written by Fahim Feroz of Grade 11.

There was also an emotional poem recital by Nabiha Naomi of Grade 7 on the need to protect the dugong from extinction.

They also delivered the best information to the media of the mall and enlightened the people who approached them with information related to the projected endangered species.

Anita Saul, the school’s SSI Coordinator told The Gulf Today: “The UAE’s sensitive desert eco-system needs to be protected for the future generations.

“The only way to do this is to take care of its endangered species and save them before they vanish from this beautiful planet.”

“This campaign was a good learning opportunity for our students who not only felt they provided a voice for these voiceless creatures, but were also happy with their experience of campaigning outside the school, beyond school hours,” added Anita Saul.

“Holding our campaign at the World Trade Centre - Abu Dhabi, we felt it was the apt place to conduct the awareness campaign for the endangered species as WTC had already displayed some models of them made of recycled plastic bottles,” explained English teacher Afroz Akbar, who played an active role in the campaign, along with colleagues Metchie Quinonez and Khudsia Sheikh.

The SKBZ school had also taken part in one of the earlier events where many other schools also took part to celebrate EAD’s 20th anniversary namely Universal American School - Dubai, Gems Cambridge International School, Abu Dhabi, Al Bateen Scientific School for Girls, American Community School, Bright Riders School, St.Joseph’s School, Private International School, to mention a few.
 

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