We are delighted to welcome The Arbor School as a Founding Member of The Alliance for Sustainable Schools, and our first member in the Middle East.
The Arbor School is an ecological school in Dubai founded on the three pillars of ecoliteracy, sustainability and environmental justice. The school’s ethos and its vision of a sustainable society is summarised in the phrase: “Enough, for all, forever.” Arbor School has developed its own ecoliteracy curriculum based on 5 principles supported by transdisciplinary concepts in the National Curriculum for England. The school has three large bio-domes on campus which support a small tropical ecosystem that serves as a living classroom. It also operates an organic garden providing food for its in-house canteen.
The Arbor School Dubai recently also launched a trial of B20 biodiesel in one of its school buses. Read more about it here.
Arbor’s membership in The Alliance was marked by the signing of the Sustainable Schools Charter by Arbor’s Principal Brett Griven, witnessed by 15 students from Arbor’s Eco Council and Hannah Mainds, Ecoliteracy and Inquiry Specialist. Seated with Brett Girven in the photo are Alicia Dauth, one of the sustainability representatives from the school’s Parent Advisory Group, and Anthony Dixon, The Alliance’s Chairman. The signing ceremony took place in one of the school’s biodomes.
The Charter is a commitment principals make to their students, to the school community, and to other members of The Alliance to operate the school according to the principles and pledges outlined in the Charter.