Making History Come Alive in FujairahSue Munroe
Travelling through Fujairah, one can’t help but be delighted by the natural surroundings the Eastern Region. Thanks to David Edwards (Emirates Natural History Group-Fujairah acting chair) an FMC Foundations teacher, many residents see the local history and natural beauty with a new perspective. The Emirates Natural History Group (ENHG) is a group dedicated to preserving natural history in all its regions and ‘gives encouragement and assistance towards the appreciation of the natural history.’On February 8th in Abu Dhabi on the annual IE weekend, David was presented with the very prestigious Bish Brown Award. Collaborating efforts and inspired by dedicated individuals such as Brien Holmes and Geoff Pound amongst others, David has formed the first chapter of its kind in the Emirate of Fujairah. Out of the 70 members, approximately 60% are HCT faculty and staff. Since its inauguration, members have had the opportunity to explore, Bithnah, Wadi Hayl, Wadi Helo and Wadi Nahawa to name a few.
David smiled when asked how he felt about receiving the award.‘I had nominated someone else for this award, so it came as quite a shock when I learned I had won.’ He is inspired by the legacy of John Normal Bishop ‘Bish’ Brown, the founder of the ENHG. He believes HCT students can develop a historical/cultural awareness of Fujairah, emphasizing that “student involvement comes with teacher involvement.” He is very grateful for the active members, especially HCT Fujairah College faculty members. A small contingent of FWC staff was present when David was awarded for his persistence and dedication. The HCT Colleges of Fujairah are very proud of David’s work and extend their congratulations to him.
-Suzanne Munroe, FWC