ADNOC wins award for Best CSR Program in Education
The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) has won an award for the Best Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Program for Education, at the 6th Annual Global Educational Supplies & Solutions (GESS) Education Awards, held in Dubai.
The award recognizes ADNOC’s contribution to enhancing the quality of education through its LEGO Education Innovation Studios, that is enabling more than 6,000 students, across ADNOC schools, to develop skills in areas such as coding and robotics, and use LEGO bricks to explore science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
The LEGO Education Innovation Studios initiative champions innovative, hands-on learning programs designed to advance STEM. It is closely aligned with the UAE government’s renewed focus on developing a diversified educational curriculum, based on STEM disciplines, such as artificial intelligence and predictive platforms.
Speaking after receiving the award on behalf of ADNOC, Reem Mubarak AlBuainain, CSR Manager at ADNOC said: “ADNOC is honored to receive this award. It is a testament to ADNOC’s commitment to investing in STEM initiatives to develop the next generation of talent that will power the future success of the UAE, Abu Dhabi and ADNOC.
“The award recognizes how ADNOC’s successful partnership with LEGO Education is enabling our nation’s students to build innovative mindsets and become resilient problem solvers, as they develop the skills necessary to positively contribute to the UAE’s economic development and prosperity.”
The GESS Education Awards highlight and reward the quality and diversity of educational products, resources, services and people, as well as the best educational establishments and the most dedicated members of the teaching profession. The award is organised by GESS Dubai, an annual educational conference held in partnership with UAE Ministry of Education.
In November 2017, ADNOC signed an agreement with ATLAB/Emphor, a strategic partner of LEGO Education, to construct LEGO Education Innovation Studios in all ADNOC Schools, establish creative labs, teacher training, and development programs, and provide access to LEGO Education’s global online collaboration communities.
On the other hand, this CSR award comes a few days after the graduation of the first batch of 500 students from Al Dhafra region who participated in the UAE Coder program organized by Sandooq Al Watan in partnership with ADNOC. The UAE Coder initiative seeks to inspire and empower students to be creative and hone their skills in advanced technologies, preparing them to deal with the job market of the future.
In line with its effort to expand its support for STEM Education, in November 2018, ADNOC signed a partnership agreement with the Japan Oil Development Co. Ltd. (JODCO) and Kumon Institute of Education (KIE) to pilot the highly successful Kumon Method of learning mathematics in four ADNOC Schools in Abu Dhabi. After the pilot, the program is expected to be rolled out gradually over the next five years to a total of 10 schools, in Abu Dhabi and the Al Dhafra region, impacting almost 10,000 students from Grades 1 to 5.
ADNOC’s CSR strategy focuses on creating sustainable positive social impact by delivering programs that support the UAE’s economic development plans for Centennial 2071. The strategy is in line with the UAE’s leadership’s vision to build a modern education system, focused on STEM, to empower young people and ensure they are equipped to meet the future needs of all business sectors in the UAE.
All but two UK regions failing on school energy efficiency
Most schools are still "treading water" on implementing energy efficient technology, according to new analysis of Government data from eLight.
Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil, cutting expenditure by 4.4% and 0.9% respectively. Every other region of England increased its average energy expenditure per pupil, with schools in Inner London doing so by as much as 23.5%.
According to The Carbon Trust, energy bills in UK schools amount to £543 million per year, with 50% of a school’s total electricity cost being lighting. If every school in the UK implemented any type of energy efficient technology, over £100 million could be saved each year.
Harvey Sinclair, CEO of eEnergy, eLight’s parent company, said the figures demonstrate an uncomfortable truth for the education sector – namely that most schools are still treading water on the implementation of energy efficient technology. Energy efficiency could make a huge difference to meeting net zero ambitions, but most schools are still lagging behind.
“The solutions exist, but they are not being deployed fast enough," he said. "For example, we’ve made great progress in upgrading schools to energy-efficient LED lighting, but with 80% of schools yet to make the switch, there’s an enormous opportunity to make a collective reduction in carbon footprint and save a lot of money on energy bills. Our model means the entire project is financed, doesn’t require any upfront expenditure, and repayments are more than covered by the energy savings made."
He said while it has worked with over 300 schools, most are still far too slow to commit. "We are urging them to act with greater urgency because climate change won’t wait, and the need for action gets more pressing every year. The education sector has an important part to play in that and pupils around the country expect their schools to do so – there is still a huge job to be done."
North Yorkshire County Council is benefiting from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, which has so far awarded nearly £1bn for energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation projects around the country, and Craven schools has reportedly made a successful £2m bid (click here).
The Department for Education has issued 13 tips for reducing energy and water use in schools.