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 that over 13,000 students across Qatar participated in the 7th edition of Qatar e-Nature Schools Contest.
A virtual awards ceremony sponsored by Regency Sealine Camp and A Flower Each Spring was organised recently to award the 12 winners – Grade 1 to 12 students, selected through an electronic draw system.
The exponential growth in the number of participants compared to previous years is attributed to the new online format of the Qatar e-Nature Schools Contest 2020, and include students in all schools and grades from 1 to 12. The live contest ran from 1 February to 30 April. It included ten multiple-choice questions based on information in the Qatar e-Nature app and website.
Questions covered a range of topics such as flora, birds, insects, reptiles, mammals, marine life, nature reserves, and Qatar ecosystems. Previous years have seen the contest open to primary school teams from grades 4 to 6, where schools nominated students to compete with other schools and go through qualification rounds to reach the finals and win. Over 3,000 students and teachers attended the virtual awards ceremony online.
Here are the winners:
- Ehan Shabeer Ali (DPS Monarch International School)
- Ayaan Ahmed Dalloul (Edison International Academy – Dahl Al Hamam)
- Muhammad Bin Rizwan Yasin (Al Qods Model School for Boys)
- Selman Mubarak Houmaydi (Al Khor Model School for Boys )
- Mohammed Junaid Iqbal (DPS Monarch International School)
- Mariam Ali Muhammad Al Marri (Zainab Bint Jahsh Primary School forGirls )
- Najla Barhoumi (Global Academy International)
- Aisha Khaled Mohammad Al Thani (Al Andalus Primary Preparatory and Secondary School for Girls)
- Louloua Said Touwaym Al Kashouti (Maither Preparatory School for Girls)
- Sally Al Kurdi (Blyth Academy)
- Khaled Al Moatasem Abdullah Mohammad (Al Shamal Secondary School for Boys)
- Nof Mohammad Al Azba (Al Karaana Primary Preparatory Secondary School for Girls)
All 12 winners received a one night, full board stay for four people at Regency Sealine Camp.
The top five participating schools – The Scholars’ International School, Safiyya Bint Abdul Muttalib Primary School for Girls, Al-louloua International School – Al Dafna, Shantiniketan Indian School and Othman Bin Affan Model School for Boys – scored the highest percentage of participating students and were awarded with the Qatar e-Nature Trophy.
The contest, organised by Sasol under its corporate social responsibility umbrella, encourages students to explore Qatar’s rich nature, learn more about the environmental diversity in the country, and gain knowledge in a fun way even while staying home.
Fatima Al Obaidli, Head of Programs and Activities at the Ministry of Education and Higher Education said they are very pleased to witness a record participation in this year’s contest, and the innovative and accomplished approach implemented by Sasol, to ensure that the Qatar e-Nature Schools Contest continues as scheduled, albeit with the challenges posed by COVID-19.
This educational and environmental initiative is not only a model of an effective partnership between the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, Sasol and FEC, but also a testament to the fruitful results of fusing education, technology, and a passion for our environment.
Speaking on this initiative, Jack Saba, General Manager of Public Affairs at Sasol, said they are incredibly pleased with the response to this year’s edition of Qatar e-Nature Schools Contest.
We are extremely thankful for the support from the Ministry of Education and Higher Education and the FEC and I would like to thanks the Regency Sealine Camp Management and A Flower Each Spring for their support to this contest and for offering the prizes to all the winners.
Launched in December 2013, Qatar e-Nature is a first-of-its-kind smartphone app that seeks to inspire a love for Qatar’s natural beauty among the country’s residents. Sasol created the app in partnership with FEC. The app features content in Arabic and English, in support of Qatar National Vision 2030 to promote sustainable development with an environmentally aware population.
For more information, visit enature.qa.