The Qur’anic Botanic Garden (QBG), a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), recently held its annual ‘Ghars’ campaign in Education City. The one-day event brought together over 200 students and family members to plant 15 trees.
QBG prepared the trees and the specially-dedicated site in collaboration with a number of QF centres. Symbolising QF’s dedication to promoting sustainable development, the event aimed to raise awareness of the importance of environmental responsibility, contributing to the Qatar National Vision 2030.
As part of the endeavour, QBG also seized the opportunity to provide all visitors with useful information about the environmental value of trees, and how they can help grow and care for botanic life to help address global environmental issues.
Fatima Al-Khulaifi, Project Manager of QBG, commented:
The Qur’anic Botanic Garden regularly tries to raise awareness of the environment through initiatives like the ‘Ghars’ campaign. This year’s event brought together members of the community in a bid to address challenges through practical actions, as well as getting children to realise the importance of tree planting.’
QBG also carried out workshops for young students and children, engaging them with topical colouring activities and seed planting exercises.
One of this year’s participants, Michele Gaddy, a science teacher at Awsaj Academy, said:
The Awsaj Academy family is delighted to participate in the annual ‘Ghars’ campaign. As our lives become increasingly technology-driven, our need to connect with nature becomes even stronger. The ‘Ghars’ campaign provides our children this valuable opportunity.’
In 2011, QBG partnered with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Billion Tree Campaign to plant trees in Education City. Furthermore, following the climate change conference, COP18, held in Doha in 2012, QBG, through the ‘Ghars’ campaign, planted a number of trees with Hamad bin Khalifa University (HBKU) students. Additionally, QBG aims to cultivate 2022 trees in Qatar by the year of 2022, through multiple planting campaigns.
The ‘Ghars’ campaign; whose name derives from the Arabic translation of ‘Planting’ from the Hadith narrated by Anas bin Malik: ‘Allah’s Messenger’, is a brain child of QBG and aims to promote an understanding of the plants, botanic terms, and conservation principles mentioned in the Holy Qur’an, Hadith, and Sunnah. QBG hopes to achieve this by applying scientific innovations, building an appreciation of cultural traditions, and creating a garden that will provide unique opportunities for learning.