Dubai Municipality helps two schools get parks

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Dubai Municipality helps two schools get parks Staff Reporter / 6 March 2014 Two schools in Dubai have got their own parks, thanks to a novel initiative of the Dubai Municipality that came as part of the civic body’s 34th Plantation Week celebrations. Dubai Municipality officials at the opening of a campus park on Wednesday. — Supplied photo Senior officials from the municipality on Wednesday inaugurated the campus parks in Al Wasl School campus and Al Maktoum School campus. These parks will be maintained by students, who are now being roped in by the municipality as young green champions.  Officials said the opening of school parks is in line with the strategic vision of the municipality to expand the green areas in the city by ensuring active participation of the student community. Al Wasl and Al Maktoum schools are the first ones to get their campus parks out of the four shortlisted schools selected for implementing the park project.The ceremony at Al Wasl School was attended by top officials of the civic body including Assistant Director-Generals Mohammed Abdul Kareem Julfar and Salah Amiri, as well as representatives of the school management and teachers. Meanwhile, the park at Al Maktoum School was opened by Assistant Director-General Obeid Al Shamsy in the presence of Taleb Abdul Kareem Julfar, director public parks and horticulture department. Earlier, the Public Parks and Horticulture Department’s officials had visited several schools in Dubai to introduce the concept of school parks project as part of DM’s Plantation Week activities. After continuous communication with the managements, 12 schools, which were found to be complying with the criteria, were finally nominated for the project. The technical team assigned with selecting apt schools, shortlisted four out of 12 schools to carry out the projects, following which DM invited private companies to sponsor the students’ parks. Four companies were later given the chance to sponsor each school selected for implementing the project. Selected schools have to appoint a teacher who would be taking care of the project. Enough space for park project, irrigation facilities, outside and inside teams for irrigation works, special students team for planting and maintaining plants are some of the other requirements for campus parks. DM also organised a workshop on floral arts on the third day of activities of the Plantation Week. Various activities would be organised in Mushrif Park today. For more news from Khaleej Times, follow us on Facebook at , and on Twitter at @khaleejtimes Continue reading →

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