International integrated chemicals and energy company Sasol, in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education and the Friends of the Environment Centre (FEC), announced the launch of the 7th edition of the Qatar e-Nature Schools Contest, open to all schools across Qatar.

The announcement was made during a press conference at the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, attended by representatives of the organisers, schools and the media.

Sasol also announced a new addition to Qatar’s ecosystems to the Qatar e-Nature app and website – coastal marine and terrestrial environments. This new addition is a result of comprehensive research by experts.

The successful annual competition encourages students to discover and explore Qatar’s rich nature and learn more about the environmental diversity in the country through the popular Qatar e-Nature mobile application and website, enature.qa.

The Qatar e-Nature schools contest 2020 took on a new format and went online, opening to students in all schools and grades, from Grades 1 to 12. The contest was open only to primary schools previously. The contest can be accessed via the Qatar e-Nature mobile application or through their website, enature.qa/schoolscontest2020.

Consisting of ten questions in a multiple-choice quiz, the bilingual contest (Arabic-English) is based on information provided in the Qatar e-Nature app and website. Questions cover various topics such as flora, birds, insects, reptiles, mammals, marine life, nature reserves and Qatar’s ecosystems.

The contest will run from 1 February to end of March. Prizes will be awarded during a ceremony in April to winning students in each grade level, as well as to the top five schools with highest participation in the contest.

Fatima Al Obaidli, Head of Programs and Activities at the Ministry of Education and Higher Education said they are pleased to continue their cooperation with Sasol and FEC for the Qatar e-Nature Schools Contest.

She said that the contest aims to instil curiosity and awareness among the young about the environment and nature, in line with Qatar National Vision 2030 and the objectives of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education.

We would like to thank Sasol for their dedication to help raise environmental awareness among the new generation to lead the country to a better and healthier future.

According to FEC Director Farhood Al Hajri, Qatar has a very diverse environment and many ecosystems flourish here. He said that that the Qatar e-Nature app and website offers precise information and educates on the richness and beauty of nature.

We are delighted to be part of this annual one-of-a-kind contest that is increasing in popularity every year, reinforcing environmental values among the youth. We thank Sasol for their efforts in updating the information on the app and we will continue to support them in their environmental endeavours.

Jack Saba, General Manager of Public Affairs at Sasol Qatar added that the Qatar e-Nature Schools Contest is aimed to simulate a healthy competition among students. He said they are looking forward to a fun competition.

Qatar e-Nature, a leading Sasol social initiative, is the first smartphone application of its kind, highlighting Qatar’s rich environmental diversity and offering detailed information about the country’s flora, birds, insects, mammals, reptiles, marine life, nature reserves and terrestrial and coastal marine ecosystems.

The Qatar e-Nature Schools Contest is getting more participation from schools, with 113 primary schools participating in 2019.

The user-friendly Qatar e-Nature app is available for download free of charge from Apple Store, Google Play store, and their website enature.qa. Updates can also be followed on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.