Abu Dhabi children invited to design ideal school

Abu Dhabi West School (7) (2)

Broadway Malyan and Sammon Group are inviting Abu Dhabi’s youngsters to design their own school building with the help of architects.

The competition, open to primary and secondary school students, is intended to explore and address design challenges in schools.

It will run at exhibition Building Future Education MENA 2011, which is organised in partnership with the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC), and will take place on October 25 and 26 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.


“The design competition allows us to interact with and learn from the pupils about their views on their school buildings. In addition it allows pupils to recommend desired changes and improvements to their learning environment,” said Miceal Sammon, founder and CEO of Sammon Group.

Sammon added that the group is delivering five schools in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain as part of the ADEC’s Abu Dhabi Future School Programme. This includes the new Abu Dhabi West School (pictured).

For the competition, students will work in a team to produce a handcrafted display school model during the exhibition. The finished prototype will show how the right learning environment can make a real difference to children’s learning.

Sammon and ADEC will judge the top school design project at the end of each day of the exhibition.

Andrew Pert, Regional Director of UBM Middle East, organisers of Building Future Education MENA 2011, said: “The right learning environment makes a real difference to delivering better learning outcomes. Even bigger benefits can be seen when young people play an active role in shaping their own space.”

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