Doha – Under the patronage of H E Dr Mohammed Abdul Wahed Al Hammadi, Minister of Education and Higher Education, Qatar e-Nature School Contest 2018 concluded with an awards ceremony at the Sheraton Hotel. Sasol, the international integrated chemicals and energy company, launched the contest in cooperation with Ministry of Education and Higher Education and Friends of the Environment Centre (FEC).
The closing ceremony included the final round of the contest, in which five finalist schools showed strong competition as they answered live questions. The ceremony was attended by Fatima Al Obaidli, Head of Programmes and Activities at the Ministry of Education and Higher Education; representatives of Sasol, FEC, and the media; and families and teachers of the participating students.
Lebanese School emerged as the winner of the contest, and its team of three students walked away with a voucher worth QR 9000 and gold medals. Markhiya Primary School for Girls was the runner up, winning a voucher worth QR 6000 and silver medals, while Al Manar International School came third, winning a voucher worth QR 4500 and bronze medals, Abi Ayoub Al Ansari School came fourth, wining a voucher worth QR 3,000, and Global Academy International came fifth, wining a voucher worth QAR 1,500.
Al Obaidli said: “Qatar e-Nature school contest is gaining popularity among students and schools. Enriching knowledge and promoting awareness of national environment, the contest is in line with ministry’s vision and objectives of building an enlightened generation of leaders. We are pleased with this initiative and this cooperation with Sasol, and we look forward to further cooperation in the future.”
A total of 321 students from 63 government and 44 private schools participated in this year’s contest, which had a series of interactive elimination rounds. Students competed vigorously to answer questions that tested their knowledge about plants, mammals, insects, reptiles, birds, and the marine life in Qatar based on information available on Qatar e-Nature smartphone application and website.
FEC Deputy Director, Youssuf Al Khulaifi said: “Building a generation aware of its country’s nature and able to protect the environment is our key objective at FEC. This takes time, but the school contest adds entertaining and competitive elements, helping to advance this process and cause. We thank Sasol and renew our commitment to provide necessary support. We also thank Ministry of Education and Higher Education for its continuous help and support.”
Phinda Vilakazi, President of GTL Ventures at Sasol, said, “Qatar e-Nature contest is an edutainment tool that helps raise future generation’s awareness of importance of Qatar’s nature and the need to preserve it. We thank the Ministry of Education and Higher Education and the FEC for being our partners over the past five years, and we look forward to further cooperation in the years to come.”