2013The quiz was modified to a “learn while you quiz” format that allowed students to instantly determine whether their response was correct or not. Gifts were awarded to all children who participated, and as a result we had over 54,500 students taking part! 20 of the top-performing students were invited to participate in an art workshop hosted by the British Council titled “Rivers of the World”, where they learned about river ecosystems and made art using recycled materials.
Students from seven top performing schools were rewarded with a free environmental movie screening at Meydan Imax in recognition of their high percentage participation during the year.
Teacher orientation workshops were held in all emirates where teachers from over 200 schools attended. These teachers were trained on how to use Be’ati Watani to supplement classroom study and curriculum, and how the Be’ati Watani quiz and award scheme worked.
Kiosks with the Be’ati Watani programme installed were housed in designated Dubai public libraries, as well as Kidzania in Dubai Mall, allowing children to learn about the environment while having fun.
2012In partnership with the British Council, four environmental management workshops were hosted for teachers and high-performing students. They were trained on skills relevant to issues like managing climate change at a local level, and empowering change at an individual level.
Be’ati Watani had great radio exposure through a 5-week live radio quiz that attracted more than 800 students who battled each other for the grand prize!
We ran a survey for students aged 6-14 to learn more about how Be’ati Watani impacted their lives. Their responses indicated that there was a clear overall improvement of environment knowledge upon completion of the programme, with over 90% of junior students and 96% of senior students being able to identify almost all desert animals; and 93% well aware of the 3 R’s (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle) and its significance in our daily lives.
2011Be’ati Watani was officially launched as a full-fledged online programme in October 2011. A press conference was held in Abu Dhabi were students and teachers were able to use the programme live on-site.
14 bilingual workshops were held for teachers all over the UAE, with support from the Ministry of Education, to train them on the Be’ati Watani programme mechanics as well as integrating the information provided with their class teachings.