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EPAA organises geology programme


Children engage in a scientific project during the workshop.

Sohaila Ahmed, Staff Reporter

The Environment and Protected Areas Authority’s (Epaa) Sharjah Natural History & Botanical Museum launched a five-day geology programme recently. The programme, which will last until Aug 1, is for children of the centres’ members.

Hana Saif Al Suwaidi, Epaa Chairperson, said, “The programme was created to introduce children to the importance of geology in a fun and entertaining way. It includes lectures about the formation of volcanoes, the earth’s layers, types of rocks and ways that we use them in our daily lives, and types of dinosaurs.”

She added, “The programme also includes a volcano workshop, a workshop about the earth’s layers, one about types of rocks and also a fossil-colouring workshop. There are also competitions, prizes and visits to the Children’s Farm and the Arabian Wildlife Centre.”

Al Suwaidi emphasised that Epaa and its teams make every effort to fulfill the Authority’s mission with excellence and innovation in light of the continued interest and support of His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah. Epaa’s agenda and strategy were founded on His Highness’ directives.

The Epaa teams noticed the children’s enthusiasm and interest in learning about the environment. Based on the children’s questions, it is clear that they are keen to benefit from Epaa’s various environmental programs and activities.

The Sharjah Natural History & Botanical Museum has five halls detailing life on earth since the beginning of time.

There are displays of fossils, meteorites, taxidermic animals and desert ecosystems, along with a botanical garden with nearly 100 native plant species.

Recently, EPAA organised the fourth edition of ‘Summer Is Better Together’ at Desert Park. The five-day programme included interactive lectures, interactive workshops, awareness-raising and recreational activities, as well as field visits to various places including Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization and the Rain Room.

The programme was designed for male students between 12 and 16 years of age. It promoted creative thinking, group and team work and provides an inspiring learning environment.

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