© Hartmut Junguis - WWF

The Issue

Teachers and schools are critical to ensuring that the next generation is well equipped with the knowledge and skills to face tomorrow’s environmental challenges. By providing teachers with the resources they need, and informing educational institutions on the inherent benefits of being sensitive to our planet’s environmental issues, we hope to raise the bar for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in the region. The Education arm of EWS-WWF is also taking into account the modern trend of using online platforms to make information accessible easily to a larger audience. .

What we’re doing

Be’ati Watani is a comprehensive bilingual online environmental resource for 6-14 year olds, and is the first on-going environmental education programme devoted specifically to the UAE environment.

Comprising of eight levels, students are encouraged to follow main characters, Hamad and Ayesha, as they learn about the different concepts and issues, both local and global. . The modules cover the country’s fauna, flora and natural habitats, provide tips on simple ‘to do’ conservation actions in schools and homes that should form a part of children’s daily lives, and introduce vital global issues such as climate change and what we can do about it. Students can then test their environmental knowledge to see how much they have learned.

Designed to stimulate more in-depth thought on the growing environmental issues we face on a daily basis and to engage a wider range of students in meaningful environmental discussions, Be’ati Watani also includes a blog on the student portal. In addition, the new online experience enables students of participating schools to access quizzes, grades, certificates and prizes.

Overall, Be’ati Watani strives to:

  • Boost environmental knowledge among children aged 6 to 14 years old
  • Foster a sense of ownership and pride in the on-going protection of the UAE’s distinctive biodiversity
  • Engage and motivate students to learn about the environment around them, and subsequently make informed decisions so they become environmentally responsible citizens
  • Stimulate thinking about connections between human consumption patterns and the environment
  • Teach children environmental vocabulary
  • Provide teacher resources to help facilitate classroom discussions on environmental subjects
  • Initiate the study of the environment in school curricula across the UAE

How you can help

As a school/parent
Log on to www.beatiwatani.com to encourage your students to sign up, or email our education team for guidance!

As a sponsor
Currently, there is a sponsorship opportunity for our education projects. Contact our business development team for more information.

Partners & Sponsors

  •  Partners
    • Ministry of Education
    • Knowledge and Human Development Authority
    • Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi
    • Dubai Municipality
    • Environment & Protected Areas Authority (Sharjah)
    • Humaid Bin Rashid Foundation (Ajman)
    • Fujairah Municipality
    • Environment Protection & Development Authority (Ras Al Khaimah)
    • Dolphin Energy


    • Launched on paperback in 2003
    • Launched on CD in 2008
    • Launched as a fully interactive online portal in November 2011
    • Conducted an online student survey to gauge their level of knowledge about the UAE environment. This survey revealed that children were better informed after following the Be’ati Watani course.
    • Held awareness events in shopping malls in Dubai and Abu Dhabi for the public to interact with Be’ati Watani mascots. Children read the Be’ati Watani course on laptops provided by Intel, got their faces painted as species selected from the programme, received flyers and were in with the chance to win one of three laptops.
    • Held a wildlife of the seas art competition: First prize was a laptop from sponsor Géant - Le Marché and a field trip to Wadi Wurayah: the UAE’s first mountain protected area for the winning school.