An Environmental Education

The Language of Sustainability

Our school community must reflect its specific cultural and geographic setting. Ecological and environmental concerns are particularly important in the context of the UAE’s rapid development and expansion and these are expressed in unique ways. The Gulf region is one of the most exciting worldwide in terms of the sustainability and conservation challenges that it faces. We emphasise the local and regional context of our school’s ecological and environmental ethos by focusing on issues affecting our environment. By active engagement with local and regional environmental organisations and initiatives, we encourage students to reflect on issues of sustainability, environmental impact and ethics as they affect societies in the Gulf and around the world.

EcoLiteracy at Arbor

The Arbor School cultivates emotional, social and ecological intelligence through a deep focus upon environmental issues throughout the daily school experience and across all subject areas. Our core focus upon values leads to a commonly held understanding of ourselves and our place within communities and therefore, the wider world. It is therefore our goal to ensure that students understand that nature sustains life and that we prepare them for the ecological challenges that await them in their future. This is achieved by ensuring that every lesson contains some element of ecoliteracy, whether that be through specific vocabulary, core content, skills acquisition, project based learning, or field trips in the local community or via virtual technology.

Project Based Learning

We equip our students with the concrete skills necessary to take ideas into action through an experiential, project-based approach to learning and a mind-set of experimentation and free-inquiry. This is completed through the adoption of a curriculum chosen to fulfil the Sustainable Development Goals as outlined by the United Nations in 2015 and is enhanced by use of our bespoke biodomes, learning gardens and experiential programmes.

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

Global environmental justice is an international movement that aims to ensure the fair distribution of environmental goods and burdens amongst all people regardless of their background. More specifically, it is defined as the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of gender, nationality, cultural background or race with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of responsible environmental practices.

The primary aim of environmental justice is ethical: to ensure that every person in the world benefits equally from protection from environmental and health hazards. In other words, it is the realisation of our ultimate ethical responsibility towards Earth, its systems and the human beings on it.

Enough for All, Forever

The school’s motto is an acknowledgement of our commitment to an education for sustainable development, not simply in the ecological sense, but also in providing students with the academic and emotional tools to succeed in life. It also refers to all, a reference to the inclusive nature of the school and our focus on every single child.