The Habitat School, Ajman has been selected for the"Grow Your Food" Award for the best performing school in natural farming among all the private schools in the United Arab Emirates.
The award has been instituted by the Dubai Municipality, in association with Jaleel Holdings and Eastern Condiments, as part of its Grow Your Food campaign. Award carries 5,000 dirhams, a trophy and a citation.
Habitat School, Ajman has joined the Dubai Cares Charity project by donating prize money the school received for the Grow Your Own Food Award, for being the best performing private school in natural farming, along with the money earned by selling around 750 kilogram of fresh vegetables cultivated and sold by the school community. Students of Habitat School, Amal Shibu and Fathima Qureshi accompanied by the Vice Principal of the school Mr. Ashok Tiwari and Science teacher Ms. Safia Begum went to the
Dubai Cares office and handed over the cheque which included the prize money and a portion of the earnings of the natural farm which came from the sale of papaya, tomato, green chilli, strawberry, drumstick, brinjal, potato, cucumber and lady finger to members of the school community.
Ms. Nadia Kamber, Fundraising Manager, received the cheque on behalf of Dubai Cares.
Habitat Group of Schools won the INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS RELIABILITY AWARD, instituted by Reporter TV Channel, for its performance in 2016 for INNOVATION IN EDUCATION. The shortlisting was done at Middle East level and Habitat received the award for being the first to introduce, a full-fledged farming programme in the Gulf region in its schools and also an innovative technology friendly initiative called the Cyber Square. The award ceremony was held at Taj Dubai on 30 March 2017. The award committee described Habitat initiatives in glowing words, saying that, Habitat is a wonder in the desert and has changed the educational scenario in the region. Habitat provides international levels of facilities while at the same time being conscious of maintaining affordability, so that most middle income families are able to access quality education. Dr. Thomas Isaac, the Honourable Minister of Finance and Coir, Government of Kerala, while distributing the award stated “This is an inspiring educational experiment. I would have loved to visit”. Hearty congratulations to our beloved students and parents, the Corporate team, all our Principals, Vice-Principals, Supervisors, HOD's, Mentors, teachers, support teams, consultants associated with Habitat Group and well-wishers for making this possible. A special thanks is due to the team members who are associated with the farming programme at our schools.