The British Council Qatar recently celebrated the closing of its Environment Champions Programme and its participants – the young activists that successfully created and implemented projects in their communities to create a greener, more sustainable country.

The programme was in partnership with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, Arab Youth Climate Movement, Qatar Green Building Council and the Ministry of Municipality and Environment in Qatar. It started in October 2021 during COP26 in the UK. It saw more than 50 educators and undergrads from across Qatar create six social action plans to address the challenges of climate and environment in the country during a one-week workshop that also helped strengthen their leadership and team-working skills.

These plans, set up to create an impact on the local level, have been tested in their communities over the last four months. During the ceremony, the six groups came together to showcase the outcomes of their plans in practice in front of the judging panel.

The event was opened by British Council Gulf Strategy Fund Programme Director Waseem Kotoub who highlighted the importance of climate action amongst the Qatari youths and the country’s commitment to addressing environmental challenges, including through the education of Qatari students.

British Council Qatar Country Director Sam Ayton, said the Environment Champions Programme was all about empowering youths to take action on climate.

I want to congratulate all the students for their inspiring ideas and hard work on implementing these ideas over the last few months.

She said that Qatar is home to beautiful nature and also depends on its nature in many ways. She added how it has been so inspiring to see how the action plans have had a great impact on the way people view climate and made an actual difference when it comes to tackling environmental challenges in their communities. She thanked their partners on the programme, which she said is a pinnacle to their work on sustainability in Qatar in support of the country’s Vision 2030.

Ministry of Education Director of Training and Educational Development Center Hissa Al-Aali said that Qatar National Vision 2030 aims to transform the State of Qatar into an advanced country capable of achieving sustainable development and environmental development, which falls under one of the four pillars of this vision developed through the establishment of the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change. She said that MoEHE is considered one of the tributaries of realising this vision.

The Center for Training and Educational Development at MoEHE is keen to promote local and global citizenship, in partnership and in cooperation with the British Council.

She said they look forward to implementing the Qatar Environment champions programme with the aim of consolidating a culture of sustainability in educational institutions and tackling challenges in the field of education.

Making a difference

The programme is considered the starting point for social work and change. Led by a group of teachers to make a difference by combining passion and work for a better tomorrow, they will work towards encouraging innovative solutions in the field of sustainability, especially in regards to climate change through the projects that will be presented.

Moreover, one of the expected outputs of the programme is the establishment of a network of national trainers equipped with the skills, knowledge and motivation to tackle climate action.

The event saw environmental enthusiasts, as well as leaders from the business and engineering sectors and heads of the academic world, come together. The Environment Champions programme has been funded by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office of the UK government.

Follow this link to find out more about the British Council’s work on climate. 

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