Lebanon’s Waste-Tackling School Project Wins Green Skills Award 2023

November 29, 2023
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Faten Sleem’s zero waste project designed to tackle piles of rotting waste around her school near Beirut and instill a green awareness in her students has won the first prize in the ETF’s Green Skills Award 2023.

The scheme – born out of a frustration at the failure of local authorities to remove piles of festering garbage and clean up overflowing dustbins around Aley Mixed Intermeditate Public School near Mount Lebanon, a 20-minute drive from Beirut – became a passion project that aimed to both to tackle pollution and introduce green practices into the school curriculum.

Empower Minds, Transform the Future” beat more than 600 other entries from 60 countries for the prestigious green award.

The award is a “beacon of inspiration” for the school, its students and their community, “illustrating how education can be a catalyst for positive” change, says Faten, a science teacher and researcher.

The power of the project was in the way it combined practical and educational aspects, and the involvement of the entire school and local community.

A waste management plan was drawn up for the school, students were encouraged to use reusable containers, and prepare meals that created less waste, and they worked with local businesses and parents to promote sustainable production and consumption.

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