to save over 25,000 single-use water bottles a month
- For World Water Day 2022 Swiss International Scientific School in Dubai will be asking all members of its community to pledge their commitment to the water saving initiative and be part of Dubai Can.
- Dubai Can is a recently launched sustainability initiative by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai.
- World Water Day celebrates water every year on 22 March and raises awareness of the 2 billion people living without access to safe water.
- Swiss International Scientific School Dubai campus is a sustainable school and is eco-friendly, consistently using less energy to create a comfortable and healthy environment.
Swiss International Scientific School Dubai (SISD) has already been making a big splash ahead of World Water Day, a celebration of water that takes place globally on 22 March. The school will be having a giant pledge board in reception and asking all members of the community to sign the pledge to commit to the water initiative from 18 March.
Widely known as a sustainable school, students at the school are being actively encouraged to bring to school their own bottles and refill them at the no less than 44 communal water fountains located at key spots on campus.
The school has calculated that this alone will save around 25,000 500ml water bottles each month, which is something that the school has been acting on for a number of years and is line with the aims of the Dubai Can, an initiative launched in February 2022 by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai with an aim to reduce single-use plastic water bottle waste in the city.
Dubai Can is also taking the steps to create awareness around water and plastic bottle waste, but on a much larger scale and throughout Dubai, of which SISD is proud to be taking part.
“The school has been encouraging pupils to refill their own bottles since it opened seven years ago,” said Ruth Burke, Principal at SISD. “We are delighted to be saving over 25,000 single-use water bottles per month, and in the hot months this increases to over 40,000.
“As a sustainable school, initiatives like this are a key part of our education; instilling a sense of responsibility and passion for the protection of our planet in our students,” added Mrs Burke.
Helen Milner, Sustainability Coordinator at SISD, reveals how SISD’s efforts to create water awareness and single-use plastic bottle waste begin early. “From age three years old, all students are encouraged to bring their own water bottle and refill at school. The sports hall is certainly where the most water is consumed, and this initiative fully supports our mission for healthy and active students.”
The cause has also caught the attention of the secondary school students at SISD, who are creating a competition that aims to actively encourage students to design a SISD water bottle and coffee cup for use by both students and staff to help further reduce the use of single-use plastic in the school.
Swiss International School in Dubai
Global in outlook, bilingual in approach, Swiss in culture, and yet firmly rooted in the local community of Dubai – that’s Swiss International School in Dubai, or SISD.
The Swiss International Scientific School in Dubai (SISD), Dubai’s first bilingual International Baccalaureate School, opened in 2015, and is the largest Swiss school outside Switzerland.
The school is a leading international day and boarding school where future generations are inspired to become confident and enthusiastic lifelong learners, properly prepared to embrace all the opportunities and challenges life presents.
With a diverse student body of 1450 pupils comprising more than 75 different nationalities, the school believes the next generation of international citizens will need to be dynamic, flexible and linguistically ambitious. With this in mind, SISD offers immersive bilingual programmes in either of the Swiss languages of French and German, but also a strong English programme with foreign languages. For students who don’t wish to pursue a fully bilingual programme, there is a unique STEAM programme for all children from age 4-11 years. SISD stands out as one of only a handful of educational establishments globally classified as an IB Continuum school, which means it offers International Baccalaureate education to pupils from age 3 to 18.
Offering day school, weekly or full-term boarding options, this leading educational institution offers state-of-the-art STEAM education, and has world-class sporting facilities, too.
The school has laid out its B.E.S.T. Values, as follows:
A unique international and multilingual environment provides students with authentic exposure to English, French, German and Arabic. Students in the immersive bilingual programmes learn to communicate, think and reflect in two different languages. As global citizens, SISD celebrates diversity, promoting all languages and cultures with equal respect.
SISD staff believes in maintaining high standards and aspire to be the best they can be. A spirit of enquiry, encouraging both creative and critical thinking is fostered.
Students and staff believe that social, cultural, economic and environmental awareness prepare us to play our part in shaping a better future, both for ourselves and for those around us. The school campus is eco-friendly, winning international acclaim and awards for using less energy to create a comfortable and healthy environment.
In the school’s international community, we know that we are at our best when we all work together. We view active participation in the community, from the most local to the most global, as the foundation of a valuable life.