Dubai to get its first ‘sustainable’ school

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The school – Fairgreen International School – will offer the full International Baccalaureate (IB) continuum of education.

Dubai’s first sustainability-focused international school will be founded in 2018 by Esol Education, it was announced on Monday.

The school – Fairgreen International School – will offer the full International Baccalaureate (IB) continuum of education and will incorporate sustainability as an integral part of its educational programme.

“Sustainability is often described not just as a state of harmony with the environment around us, but also harmony with ourselves and each other. Fairgreen International School at The Sustainable City will provide a unique education offering to parents in Dubai, and will enrich Dubai’s schools landscape,” said Dr Abdulla Al Karam, director-general of the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA).

“We look forward to working with our friends at Esol Education to add yet another layer of quality to education in Dubai and bring out the best from within our community.”

By instilling the values of sustainability to children at a young age, Fairgreen International School hopes to play a part in the UAE’s efforts to achieve its sustainable development goals (SDGs), which were outlined in the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and adopted by Dubai Plan 2021 and the UAE’s National Committee on SDGs.

“From the campus and architecture to the curriculum and activities, the entire school will adhere to a ‘sustainability first’ ethos,” said Esol Education chairman Walid Abushakra. “”Our graduates will understand the urgency and importance of sustainable living, which will guide their academic and career choices. They will be pioneers of renewable energy research and urban agriculture, eco-entrepreneurs and public policy change makers.”

The Pre-K to 12 international school will offer the full International Baccalaureate (IB) continuum of education, comprising the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP), Diploma Programme (IB DP) and Career-related Programme (IB CP).  The curriculum will also integrate sustainability, featuring hands-on project-based learning, innovative teaching methods, technology initiatives and worldwide partnerships with leading experts and organisations in sustainability-related research and practice.

When to apply

Fairgreen International School will open with Pre-K to Grade 9 classes in September 2018, and is expected to grow to more than 1,000 students by 2025.

The admission process will begin next month.

Source: Khaleej Times