Zayed Future Energy Prize introduces world leaders in education, politics and business to global high schools category
- United Arab Emirates: Saturday, May 12 - 2012 at 11:43
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The Zayed Future Energy Prize, managed by Masdar - Abu Dhabi's multifaceted renewable energy company - hosted the Transforming Education Summit gala dinner, introducing guests to the vision, mission and categories of the Zayed Future Energy Prize with an emphasis on the newly launched Global High Schools Prize.
Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Director General of the Zayed Future Energy Prize said: "Through demonstrating the practicality of living sustainability to high school students, transforming the way our youth is educated is at the heart of what we do with the Global High Schools Prize. The sustainability of our future is what, I believe, brings us all together and this is a category that will help us reach out to those who drive it."
"The UAE leadership has placed a great emphasis on the importance of investing in human capital for our future prosperity. Through the collaboration between the Abu Dhabi Education Council and the Zayed Future Energy Prize, we are collectively leveraging on our respective strengths for the benefit of realizing the vision of our wise and forward thinking leadership," he added.
Dr Nawal Al-Hosany, Director of the Zayed Future Energy Prize, welcomed the guests of the Gala Dinner with an introduction on the Prize, emphasizing that the Global High Schools category was a natural evolution to "ensure that we are encouraging and empowering not only the future of energy but the future."
In her remarks, Dr Al-Hosany also emphasized that the new category "was incepted to provide our future generations with an understanding of the positive implications of living sustainably."
Since 2008, through the Zayed Future Energy Prize, the United Arab Emirates has been honoring those who have placed a tangible and evident effort in globally advancing renewable energy and sustainable technologies. Each year, an individual, organization or a nongovernmental agency is recognized for groundbreaking achievement in developing and deploying solutions to our future energy needs.
In 2012, the Zayed Future Energy Prize announced a new category, the Global High Schools Prize, to be awarded for the first time during the Prize's 5th annual Awards Ceremony in Abu Dhabi, UAE in January 2013.
The categories of the Prize include Large Corporation (a non-monetary award), SME ($1.5m), NGO ($1.5m), Lifetime Achievement Award ($500,000) and the newly launched Global High Schools Prize ($100,000 divided amongst 5 regions - Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa and Oceania).
The first four categories are awarded based on a clear demonstration of Impact, Leadership, Long-Term Vision and Innovation.
For the Global High Schools prize, however, high schools from around the world are asked to submit a business plan for how they plan on utilizing the prize for the purpose of raising awareness on the importance of sustainability and improving the school's environmental footprint.
Dr Al-Hosany explained: "Unlike any of our other categories - the High School Prize is about a promise - we ask Schools around the world to submit projects for funding consideration."
The Global High Schools Prize will award up to US$100,000 to each of the five High Schools selected from different regions (Americas, Africa, Europe, Asia and Oceania).
The Global High Schools Prize is also a UAE commitment to the UN Secretary General's Year of Sustainable Energy for All, which was launched from Abu Dhabi on January 16th, 2012 on the opening day of the World Future Energy Summit.
Guests of the Gala dinner were also introduced to a 360 images of the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, the world's first graduate-level university dedicated to providing real-world solutions to issues of sustainability. The Institute's goal is to become a world-class research-driven graduate-level university, focusing on advanced energy and sustainable technologies.
Submissions for all categories of the Zayed Future Energy Prize close on July 16,2012.
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