Qatar Green Building Council (QGBC) has bestowed the coveted Green Flag on four new schools in Qatar – Gheras International School, Doha English Speaking School, and the first two Qatar Foundation schools, Qatar Academy Doha Primary and Qatar Leadership Academy.

A virtual event celebrated and acknowledged the achievement of the learning institutions.

Eco-Schools programme

Since 2018, QGBC – a member of Qatar Foundation – has been the national operator for the well-regarded Eco-Schools programme, the largest sustainable schools scheme in the world. The programme starts in the classroom and expands to the community by engaging the next generation in action-based learning. It produces sustainability-minded and environmentally conscious generations.

The programme, which involves a two-year commitment, encourages young people to actively protect the environment. Through the scheme, young people experience a sense of achievement at being able to have a say in the environmental management policies of their schools, ultimately steering them towards certification which comes with being awarded a Green Flag.

QGBC Technical Specialist Ruba Hinnawi said they are delighted to present the Green Flag honours to the four schools.

The dedication shown by all four establishments to ecological concerns over the past two years is to be applauded and they are all very worthy recipients of the Green Flag.

We hope this will encourage more schools to participate in the programme, which is a win-win for the school and the Qatar environment.

There are three distinct structural elements to the programme – the Seven Steps Framework, the Eco-Schools Themes and the Assessment for the Green Flag. To date, over 17,000 Green Flags have been awarded to Eco-Schools across the world, with a further 50,000 schools registered for the scheme and in excess of 19.5 million students involved.

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