Abu Dhabi – The Environment Agency Abu Dhabi (EAD) today launched e-Green, a digital environmental education platform. It is the first collaborative e-learning tool exclusively dedicated to the environmental sector in the Middle East, launched with the vision of creating a leading e-learning tool.

The e-Green tool is free for everyone and aims to increase environmental knowledge and awareness, with a particular focus on environment and conservation in Abu Dhabi.

In its first phase, e-Green has been launched for schools and homes with content that will benefit students, educators and environmental experts alike. In 2023, the platform will be ready for its public launch and will be accessible to all, and will allow local, regional and international organizations to upload their content and educational courses.

Dr. Shaikha Salem Al Dhaheri, Secretary General of EAD, said: “e-Green is a state-of-the-art e-learning platform, launched to become the global benchmark for e-learning on the environment. At this stage, we are targeting schools and, in the future, leading environmental institutions, universities and international companies will be able to develop their own content according to EAD guidelines and upload it to the platform.

She explained: “The environment is a global hot topic and future generations have become well informed about it, and through a tool like e-Green they will be able to access scientific and well-researched information to improve their knowledge. .

There are currently eight learning paths available to schools. The first topic is the Sustainable Schools Initiative (SSI) which is sponsored by BP, an EAD-led program that encourages schools to become more environmentally friendly. It was launched in 2009 and has 153 participating schools in Abu Dhabi. The SSI subject has six learning paths: Eco-Clubs, Green Audit, Outdoor Education, Elementary, Intermediate, and Advanced.

For the second subject – Biodiversity – there are two tracks: Geography of Abu Dhabi and Marine Vertebrates. It is backed by Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC).

A total of 53 courses are available, 42 of which focus on ISS. The SSI courses will help encourage schools to become members of the initiative as they will be well trained. 11 routes cover the biodiversity route.

The courses have been developed according to international best practices for the development of e-learning materials and optimized to ensure the most effective user experience. Classes are taught by experts from EAD, Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK), Emirates Nature – WWF, AZRAQ and other key opinion leaders.

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