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Located at The Sustainable City, Dubai, the school will tailor the IB continuum program to integrate unique sustainable education curriculum
Dubai will inaugurate its first sustainability-focused international school in 2018, founded by Esol Education, an established operator of prestigious international and American schools around the world. Drawing upon Esol Education’s 40-year tradition of educational excellence, Fairgreen International School will offer the full International Baccalaureate (IB) continuum of education and will incorporate sustainability as an integral part of its educational program.
Dr. Abdulla Al Karam, Director General of the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), said: “Sustainability is often described not just as a state of harmony with the environment around us, but also harmony with ourselves and each other. Fairgreen International School at The Sustainable City will provide a unique education offering to parents in Dubai, and will enrich Dubai’s schools landscape. We look forward to working with our friends at Esol Education to add yet another layer of quality to education in Dubai and bring out the best from within our community.”
By instilling sustainable values in future generations, Fairgreen International School aims to play a leading role in helping the UAE achieve its sustainable development goals (SDG’s) as outlined in the United Nations' 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by the Dubai Plan 2021 and the UAE’s National Committee on SDGs. “From the campus and architecture to the curriculum and activities, the entire school will adhere to a ‘sustainability first’ ethos,” shared Esol Education Chairman, Mr. Walid Abushakra, explaining that Fairgreen aims to be one of the world’s foremost models of an integrated sustainable school, enabling students to fully envision and tackle the global challenges posed by climate change, the impact of conventional energy sources and food scarcity. “Our graduates will understand the urgency and importance of sustainable living, which will guide their academic and career choices. They will be pioneers of renewable energy research and urban agriculture, eco-entrepreneurs and public policy change makers,” he added.
Part of The Sustainable City, Dubai, Fairgreen’s campus has been designed to minimize the school’s environmental impact, utilizing solar power for all its energy needs, recycling all its water for agricultural use, and implementing waste separation and wind energy generation. The Pre-K to 12 international school will offer the full International Baccalaureate (IB) continuum of education, comprising the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP), Diploma Programme (IB DP) and Career-related Programme (IB CP). Fairgreen’s curriculum will also integrate sustainability, featuring hands-on project-based learning, innovative teaching methods, technology initiatives and worldwide partnerships with leading experts and organizations in sustainability-related research and practice.
Fairgreen International School will feature technology-enabled classrooms, state of the art labs and maker-spaces, research and food production labs, a library and learning hub, and arts and music labs. The school’s athletic complex will include a swimming pool, a large indoor multi-purpose gym and auditorium, outdoor soccer field, courts and playgrounds. Students will also have access to the City's Innovation Centre, Junior Innovation Centre, Equestrian Centre, and biking and jogging tracks. One of The Sustainable City’s spacious bio-domes will be dedicated to the school and will serve as its Health, Wellness, and Learning Centre, led by "America's favourite teacher," Mr. Stephen Ritz, and modelled on the innovative and transformational programs he has established in one of New York City's most disadvantaged communities. The Centre will engage Fairgreen's students in project-based learning through urban farming, vertical farming, and other endeavours that promote health, wellness, and sustainability.
Established in 1976, Esol Education currently operates nine schools across five countries, recently establishing American School Hong Kong in 2016, its first school in East Asia. Strongly committed to developing the educational landscape in the UAE, Esol has operated leading international schools here for over 20 years, including the American International School in Abu Dhabi (AISA), the Universal American School in Dubai (UAS), and Deira International School (DIS) in Dubai. Along with Fairgreen International School, Esol has also announced the opening of Dunecrest American School in 2018, a premium American school located near the Al Barari and Living Legends developments in Dubailand.
Fairgreen International School will open with Pre-KG to Grade 9 classes in September 2018, growing to a thriving community of over 1,000 students by 2025. Admissions will open in October 2017 and inquiries can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.