As part of its commitment to sustainable development, the International School of London Qatar announced the academic year 2019-2020 to be the Year of Sustainability. The whole community will take small steps to support the world we live in throughout the year.
Various projects have been developing in recent years at ISL Qatar to support sustainability such as the rooftop garden, which started out as a project presented in the Qatar Sustainability Competition. The initiative was honoured to win one of the prestigious Eco-Schools programme awards from Doha Bank for the second year in a row.
ISL Qatar has recently launched a new initiative where single-use plastic bottles are no longer being sold on campus. Also, recycling bins have been placed around the school in line with the Ministry of Municipality and Environment recycling initiative. The school is also looking into how to reuse plastic in different ways.
Other projects include collecting old batteries to be sent for recycling as well as litter pickers have been requested by the Grade 3 students who are keen to join the cause.
An on-going project that is also taking place at ISL Qatar is the solar power project. It started in 2017 and the plan is to operate the reception area on solar power. A mini model has been created and will soon be presented to showcase the support for clean energy and sustainability. The group also registered for the Young Innovator Competition where the idea will be presented later this year.
Last year, the Grade 3 students made a colourful mat made using plastic bags. Over the summer, the mat was brought and donated to a non-governmental organisation in South Africa called Masithandane. Early childhood students were delighted to receive a mat for their classroom.
ISL Qatar has an outstanding reputation for high academic standards, prestigious International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes and an impressive record of admission to the best universities worldwide. The student body of over 1000 is aged from 3 – 18. For further information about ISL Qatar, please consult the school’s website www.islqatar.org.