250 Students Compete in Azadea Foundation’s Third Annual Envirothon
Mums in Beirut was honoured and privileged to be part once again as the jury member at the Envirothon 2017 with Azadea Foundation. Click here to view last year’s event.
I find it extremely important to raise conscious kids and to teach them the importance of recycling in our country and the use of renewable energy. The students showed excellent team work which I believe will help their communication and social development in the future. The workshops were hands on and were very well presented in our beautiful Sanayeh Garden. The students came from various schools including Eastwood College Mansourieh, Makassed Abu Baker el Siddik, Lycee Patriatchal Rabwe, Shakib Areslan Public School, Omar Zeanni Public School, Uruguay Public School.
This year’s competition focuses on mobilizing technology to create environmental solutions. For the third consecutive year, Azadea Foundation celebrated Earth Day by hosting its inter-school Envirothon competition, organized under the patronage of the Lebanese Ministry of Education and Higher Education and in collaboration with The Little Engineer, experts in teaching children new trends in science education including robotics and renewable energy equipment. The Envirothon took place at the René Mouawad, Sanayeh Garden on April 25th with nearly 250 sixth-grade students from 10 private and public schools in the presence of previous Minster of Telecommunication Nicolas Sehnaoui among members of the jury panel.
In line with the increased importance of renewable energy solutions, this year’s Envirothon competition focused on “Using Technology for Environmental Solutions” with eight workshops designed to help students create items like cars and ovens powered by solar or wind energy. The event also served to develop various student skills such as team work, presentation, and communication.
“We strongly believe that education is one of the most powerful means to contribute in raising more environmentally-conscientious communities” said Marwan Moukarzel, President of the Azadea Foundation. He added: “With a commitment to create sustainable value, our annually customized Envirothon competition continues to positively impact the culture and behavior of rising young generations.”
The competition ended by finalist students displaying their projects to a professional jury comprised of previous Minster of Telecommunication Nicolas Sehnaoui, representatives from the Ministry of Education, The Little Engineer and Azadea Foundation, as well as Managing Editor of ArabNet Magazine, Rita Makhoul and Founder and Editor of “Mums in Beirut” , Dina Maktabi. The award provided the winning students the opportunity to attend a robotics class at The Little Engineer’s headquarters, allowing them with further opportunities to enhance their skills.
The founder of The Little Engineer, Rana Chemaitelly commented on this occasion saying: “At The Little Engineer, we believe that exposing young minds to the renewable energy resources like the solar and the wind energy, through hands-on learning activities, will trigger their minds to explore astonishing opportunities no book can offer. For this, we thank Azadea Foundation for its Envirothon initiative, where kids can go beyond the traditional learning environment to explore the potential of this huge industry and its challenges.”
About Azadea Foundation:
Founded in 2011, Azadea Foundation is an NGO managed, financed and sponsored exclusively by Azadea board members and employees. Its vision is to be the leading regional foundation in creating and restoring green spaces in cooperation with international organizations, both NGOs and governmental agencies. Its mission is to carry out, organize and support environmental projects.
Azadea Foundation has hosted five plantation days to date; planting over 12,000 trees in the woodlands of Lebanon and has also restored the historical 22,000 square meter René Mouawad, Sanayeh Garden. Further, it launched a number of initiatives to spread environmental awareness through school workshops and green booths in malls.