Doha College was recently recognised as the ‘greenest’ school in Qatar, receiving the ‘School Sustainability Initiative Award’ at Qatar Sustainability Awards 2018.
These awards, organised by Qatar Green Building Council (QGBC), a member of Qatar Foundation and sponsored by Tadmur Holdings, applaud the efforts and commitment of individuals and organisations in pushing for sustainable development and environmental protection in Qatar.
One of the oldest international schools in the country, Doha College started its green journey many years ago, and in 2016, its Secondary School became the first in Qatar to be awarded a Green Flag by the Foundation for Environmental Education. Since then, its Primary School has also been awarded a Green Flag, and the Secondary School has secured its second flag.
The curriculum at Doha College is enriched with a significant component of environmental topics, both integrated within regular lessons and as separate campaigns and activities. There is a particular focus on recycling, on cleaning our existing environment and on creating new green spaces inside and outside of school walls. A ‘learning garden’ now blooms on the West Bay campus, part of which is irrigated via a system created by A-level design and technology DC students.
Earlier this year, the school also ran an ‘Ocean Awareness Month‘ and at the moment running a ‘Qatar Sustainability Week’ with the following activities:
- Environmentally focused lessons in most subjects
- Non-uniform day (8 November), when all students and staff are invited to wear green in exchange for QAR10; all money raised will be donated to environmental charities
- Environmentally focused assemblies
- Eco-School Pledge: all members of the school community are asked to make a small-scale pledge to their everyday life, under the key themes of waste minimisation, food sustainability, climate change, litter, energy, and marine and coast
- Car Pooling: DC encourages car-pooling throughout the school’s ‘Qatar Sustainability Week’
- House Bottle Top recycling competition – all bottle tops will be recycled into prosthetic limbs
- The inauguration of a new recycling centre at the Al Waab campus (8 November)
Doha College Principal Dr Steffen Sommer shared his delight at the school’s latest achievement.
Staff and students, enthusiastically led by teachers Naomi Capewell, Seana Gregg and Brian Kerr, have worked hard to introduce an ethos of reduce, reuse and recycle into our community, and the team’s efforts resulted in this award and in a positive change of mindset.’
To find out more about the Eco School programme, and the environmental education at Doha College, visit their website at dohacollege.com.