Winners of the Qatar e-Nature School Contest 2018 received cash prizes and medals at an awards ceremony organised by Sasol at the Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel. The competition was launched by Sasol in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education and Friends of the Environment Centre (FEC).
The closing ceremony included the final round of the contest, where five finalist schools answered questions on the spot. Fatima Al Obaidli, Head of Programmes and Activities at the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, representatives from Sasol, FEC, and the media, and families and teachers of participating students attended the ceremony.
Lebanese School emerged as the winner, its three-student team walking away with a voucher worth QAR9,000 and gold medals. Markhiya Primary School for Girls came in second place, winning a voucher worth QAR6,000 and silver medals. Al Manar International School came third, winning a voucher worth QAR4,500 and bronze medals. Abi Ayoub Al Ansari School took the fourth place and a voucher worth QAR3,000; while Global Academy International came in fifth and a voucher worth QAR1,500.
Over 3oo students from 63 government schools and 44 private schools participated in this year’s edition of the Qatar e-Nature school contest. Students competed vigorously to answer questions that tested their knowledge about plants, mammals, insects, reptiles, birds, and the marine life in Qatar based on information available on Qatar e-Nature smartphone app and website.
According to Phinda Vilakazi, President of GTL Ventures at Sasol, the competition is an edutainment tool that helps raise awareness on the importance of nature and the need for its preservation. He said he was thankful for their partnership with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education and FEC, and that they look forward to further cooperation in the years to come.’
Qatar e-Nature app and website, a Sasol initiative launched in cooperation with FEC in 2013, highlights Qatar’s flora, birds, insects, mammals, reptiles, marine life and nature reserves. The user-friendly app, available in Arabic and English, has won four awards already, including two prestigious regional awards. The app is available for download, free of charge, on Apple Store, Google Playstore, and Windows Phone Store.
For more information, visit their website at enature.qa.