Doha College, is proud to announce the installation of innovative seating inspired by ‘The Wombles’, generously donated by Environmental Street Furniture (ESF) in collaboration with the British Embassy Doha.

This partnership brings innovative, eco-friendly furniture to the British International School’s Al Wajba campus, emphasising the importance of sustainability and environmental stewardship in education.

Since 2014, Doha College has been a pioneer in environmental education in Qatar, being the first school in the country to adopt the Eco-School Programme. The school’s commitment to sustainability was recognised in 2016 with the prestigious Green Flag status by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE), the world’s largest organisation of its kind. This accolade is not a one-time achievement but a testament to the school’s ongoing dedication, as the Green Flag status was renewed in 2017 and 2018 under the new national operator, Qatar Green Building Council (QGBC). That same year, the Primary School secured its own Green Flag status.

Both of Doha College’s Primary and Secondary schools have upheld this recognition through a series of eco-friendly initiatives, demonstrating an unwavering commitment to fostering a sustainable future for students and the wider community by continuously renewing the Green Flag status.

Alan Lowry, CEO of Environmental Street Furniture, expressed enthusiasm about the partnership, said: ‘Environmental Street Furniture is proud to work alongside the British Embassy Doha to donate pieces from our Wombles Collection to Doha College. Among this collection included our Wellington Solar Bench and our Alderney Planter Bench, two innovative seating options promoting the importance of sustainability through solar technology and recycling post-consumer waste into useful products to be reused and enjoyed.’

The Wombles, a beloved British television series created in 1973, is known for its characters’ environmental activism. These characters, created by Elisabeth Beresford, are renowned for their efforts in collecting and repurposing rubbish to help the planet. Originally introduced in children’s novels, they gained widespread popularity through a BBC television series and music by Mike Batt. Their motto, Make Good Use of Bad Rubbish, is a testament to their commitment to sustainability.

The Wellington Solar Bench, a highlight from the Wombles Collection, features advanced solar technology and amenities, including Wi-Fi capability and multiple smartphone charging options. It is a versatile addition to Doha College’s Al Attiyah Adventure Playpark.


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