Dubai Introduces Green Learning With First Sustainable School

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Located in Sustainable City, the Fairgreen International School for primary years through to secondary will have sustainability as an integral part of its IB curriculum

Dubai has announced that it will inaugurate its first sustainability focused international school in 2018, which will offer the full International Baccalaureate (IB).

Fairgreen, which will be developed by Esol Education, aims to be a leading example globally of a sustainable school, which enables children to understand and develop future solutions for climate change challenges, renewable energy needs and global food scarcity.

‘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.

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The sustainable school will feature an eco-friendly campus. Image: Esol Education

‘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,’ he added.

The low environmental impact design will allow the Pre-K to year 12 international school to use solar power for all its energy needs, recycle its water for agricultural use, and implement waste separation and wind energy generation.

One of Sustainable City’s spacious bio-dome greenhouses has also been allocated to the school as its Health, Wellness, and Learning Centre. It will provide students with project-based learning about urban farming, vertical farming, and other sustainable farming methods.

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Fairgreen will use one of the bio-domes at Sustainable City to learn sustainable farming methods. Image: Supplied

Dr Abdulla Al Karam, Director General of the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), said: ‘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.’

Fairgreen’s curriculum will offer the full International Baccalaureate (IB), comprising the IB Primary Years Programme, Middle Years Programme, Diploma Programme and Career-related Programme. It will be open with Pre-K to Grade 9 classes in September 2018, growing to over 1,000 students by 2025.

Admissions will open next month, in October 2017, and inquiries can be made to info@fairgreen.ae.

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