Al Raw­dah brings farm life closer to Dubai schools

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Emi­rates Mod­ern Poul­try Co., also known as Al Raw­dah, has brought its chick hatch­ing out­reach pro­gramme to more than 3,000 plus stu­dents in Dubai’s best schools for the third year run­ning. The pro­gramme in­stils in stu­dents an ap­pre­ci­a­tion of na­ture, and helps them learn about an­i­mal life and sus­tain­able poul­try rear­ing prac­tices.

This year, the pro­gramme pro­vided each par­tic­i­pat­ing school a com­pre­hen­sive hatch­ing kit with fer­tilised em­bryo-car­ry­ing eggs, in­cu­ba­tor, brooder box, drinker and feeder. Stu­dents looked af­ter the eggs and helped them hatch into downy chicks- sup­ported by Al Raw­dah’s ex­pert Hatch­ing Staff.

The third cy­cle of the hatch­ing pro­gramme saw school par­tic­i­pa­tion ex­plode, with well-known names in ed­u­ca­tion climb­ing on board such as the In­dian High School, Deira In­ter­na­tional School, GEMS Welling­ton Sil­i­con Oa­sis, Cam­bridge In­ter­na­tional School, Dubai In­ter­na­tional Academy, Aus­tralian In­ter­na­tional School, GEMS In­ter­na­tional School and GEMS Our Own High School.

Pre­vi­ous par­tic­i­pants of the Dubai Hatch­ing Pro­gramme in­cluded the Al It­ti­had Pri­vate School, JESS Jumeirah, Safa Com­mu­nity School, In­ter­na­tional Con­cept for Ed­u­ca­tion Dubai, Col­le­giate Amer­i­can School, Amer­i­can School of Cre­ative Science and the Amer­i­can Academy Al Mizhar.

This year, the GEMS Welling­ton school set up a live feed on periscope.tv for the du­ra­tion of the pro­gramme. The feed at­tracted more than 14,000 view­ers fol­low­ing the chicks’ progress on­line.

“Ed­u­cat­ing the com­mu­nity on the won­ders of na­ture and the im­por­tance of sus­tain­abil­ity is a key part of Al Raw­dah’s role. Our hatch­ing pro­gramme cre­ates hands-on learn­ing and an ap­pre­ci­a­tion of nat­u­ral science to Dubai’s schools. With Al Raw­dah’s help, chil­dren see the en­tire process of chick birth and growth irst hand in the class­room, which gives them a new ap­pre­ci­a­tion of an­i­mal wel­fare and the im­por­tance of rear­ing poul­try in the right con­di­tions,” says Jeanette Kris­tensen Al­haider, Gen­eral Man­ager Sales and Mar­ket­ing, Al Raw­dah.

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