Climate change, sports and gender equality was the focus area for the first part of the fifth edition of the Doha Women Forum held recently. French ambassador Jean-Baptiste Faivre, the keynote speaker, elaborated on the role of diplomacy in gender equality and how women can be the catalyst of change. “Ensuring progress of equality between men and women is one of the top priorities of the French diplomacy. Today, women are a catalyst of change in all areas. This is the reason why we believe that the question of equality between men and women has to be integrated into different policies: sustainable development, peace and security, defence, promotion of fundamental rights, climate change and economy, and also sport,” said ambassador Faivre. Deloitte Middle East officials Dina Fakih (head of risk advisory Qatar) discussed the role of corporates in gender equality and Damian Regan (sustainability reporting & assurance leader) spoke about the various initiatives taken in the region to combat climate change. An interactive panel discussion on ‘Women as Catalysts of Change in the Climate Crisis’ featured Earthna Center for a Sustainable Future's project manager Nihal Mohamed al-Saleh, Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy's sustainability executive director engineer Bodour al-Meer, Arab Youth Climate Movement Qatar (AYCMQ) outreach manager Khadeja Ahmad Albuhaliqa and BSG's global sustainability expert Khadeeja Balkhi. AYCMQ founder and executive director Neeshad Shafi was the moderator. A roundtable discussion on the topic ‘Changing the game - increasing women's participation in sport’ featured Jawaher al-Khuzaie (director, marketing & communications, Gulf Warehousing Company), Heba al-Masri (programmes manager, Digital Incubation Center, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology), and HBKU student Asma Lamali. Another highlight of the day was a one-to-one interview with Qatar track and field star and the first Qatari female athlete to compete in the World Athletics Championships, Mariam Farid. Gold partner Naseem Healthcare's general manager (strategy) Dr Munir Ali Ibrahim said: “We are honoured to be associated with the Doha Women Forum once again as the functions of the Forum aligns with our principles of diversity, inclusivity, and sustainability.” The second part of the Forum will be held today (October 8) at the Centara West Bay Hotel & Residences Doha.
Apart from its regular beach cleanup drives, the Doha Environmental Actions Project (Deap Qatar) held a series of talks and lectures this month at various schools across the country. A lecture at Birla Public School focused on the negative effects of plastic pollution and how people, especially students, can be part of the solution than contributing to this environmental menace. Fourth grade students at Qatar Academy Doha were engaged in an interaction about the global environmental crisis. Deap Qatar holds beach cleanup drives to mark World Cleanup Day this month. The presentation highlighted the key role the each individual can play to help mitigate various environmental concerns by taking action locally in the community. The group also held similar presentations at Philippine School of Doha (PSD), ACS International School Doha (for Grade 6 and 7 students), and Compass International School Doha (for Grade 7, 8 and 9 students). At PSD, Deap Qatar director Jose Saucedo said: “We learned about the global and local impact of plastic pollution, and discussed different things the students can do to help mitigate the problem in Qatar and around the world.” PSD students take part in the lecture. Deap Qatar’s beach cleanup drives were also organised this month, including at Al Zubarah beach, to mark the World Cleanup Day – held annually on September 15. The initiative, organised by the Ministry of Municipality (represented by the General Cleanliness Department), in co-operation with Deap Qatar, Qatar Museums, HSBC Bank employees, and other companies and organisations in the country, brought together 200 volunteers from different sectors and collected six tonnes of waste. Deap Qatar director Jose Saucedo with students of Birla Public School. Deap Qatar’s social media posts saw some 53 volunteers from the Filipino community, led by Bantay and Kasannga team, taking part in a cleanup activity at Fuwairit recently, removing 200kg of trash. A similar initiative at Al Thakira gathered dozens of volunteers to clean the area aimed at protecting the mangroves. Deap Qatar also launched in August its free environmental educational packs for primary and secondary schools (English and Arabic) that “contain several mini lessons that can be included in the school’s curriculum or serve as an extension for extracurricular activities such as beach and desert cleanups or eco-club educational activities”.
Doha Environmental Actions Project (Deap Qatar) has launched its free environmental educational packs for primary (elementary) and secondary schools, which forms part of its efforts to raise environmental awareness in Qatar and the rest of the Gulf region. “If you are a school teacher or someone leading an eco-club, these materials are for you. They contain several mini lessons that can be included in your school’s curriculum or serve as an extension for extracurricular activities such as beach and desert cleanups or eco-club educational activities,” Deap Qatar posted on its social media pages. Deap Qatar noted that the publications, in English and Arabic, are specially tailored for Qatar’s natural landscape and ecosystem. The group thanked the UK’s Centre for Environment Fisheries and Aquaculture Science for helping them develop the materials. Deap Qatar, in collaboration with the authorities and organisations concerned, has been holding beach clean-up drives year-round across the country, bringing together volunteers from various sectors to #keepqatarclean. Despite the many challenges such as the Covid-19 restrictions, Deap Qatar has organised a total of 100 clean-up drives in a year. Thousands of volunteers from different companies, schools, embassies, government, and non-government entities have taken part in these initiatives. Just recently, the group collaborated with members of the Philippine Professional Organisation Qatar and the Philippine Institute of Environmental Planners Qatar Chapter for a cleanup drive, which gathered 70 volunteers who collected 200kg of trash.
Three students of Olive International School have set records and been lauded for their achievements. Daya Vasanthakumar of KG 2G has won a place in the International Book of Records. He set the record for 'the fastest recitation of the English alphabets in the reverse order by a child', in 6.32 seconds. He has also received the 'Super Talented Kid' award. Daya is a keen learner and has amazing observation and memorisation skills, the school said in a statement. Taqwa Reyaz from KG 2A earned an appreciation from the India Book of Records for identifying 115 countries’ flags in one minute, 13seconds and 43 milliseconds at the age of five years. Aizah Mehrin from KG 2F made it to the World Records of Excellence (International Book of Records) for most number of English rhymes recited by a child. Mehrin Recited 22 English rhymes. "Olive International School is proud of you all," the school said, congratulating the students.
Over the past academic year, 20 students from different schools in Qatar explored the engineering behind district cooling by participating in a programme hosted by Texas A&M University at Qatar (Tamuq), a Qatar Foundation partner university, in collaboration with Qatar Cool. During the programme, 'Keeping Cool with Qatar Cool', the students gained insights on various topics, including the physics behind pumps, heat transfer and heat exchangers, water and energy conservation, thermodynamics, refrigeration, water purification and reverse osmosis. During each lesson, students worked on projects such as building water fountains, making swamp coolers, creating hydroponics systems, studying refrigeration components and creating water filtration and purification systems with an economic analysis for their designs. The students also visited the Qatar Cool plant, which helped the participants understand how district cooling works and the engineering behind it. The students researched solutions to clean or re-use the refrigerant gas within Qatar Cool plants or develop a more environmentally friendly method to discharge the gas into the atmosphere, as part of their final project. Karima Ahmed, a student at ACS International School Doha, said: "I was interested in the programme because it would help me explore more about engineering. I aspire to be an engineer so it was very important to me to have real life experience in the field. I expected to be challenged and pushed to try my very best in every class. Throughout the course I constantly felt challenged, I had to be a good communicator and work well with my team to create complex solutions. For students who are interested, this programme gives the best real-life experience in engineering. If you are unsure that engineering is the path for you then this course shows you what engineering is and how it looks like in real life." Hasan Zubeidi, a student of Qatar Academy Doha, added: "I’d personally describe my journey with the ‘Keeping Cool with Qatar Cool’ programme as extremely inspiring and informative, as well as fun. It wasn’t just the physics and mathematics that I learned in class, but also the real-life application of those concepts. Every aspect of a solution was taken into consideration during the programme, and we relied heavily on the engineering design process that our supervisers taught and explained to us. Overall, I would say that this experience has been eye-opening and inspiring. I’ve been introduced to the world of engineering, a world that I had no idea was so extensive and deep. Thanks to that, my amazing team, and our great superviser, Katbeh, I can confidently say that I will be pursuing a career in engineering or at least in STEM." The programme was developed by Tamuq’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Hub to give students a firsthand look at how district cooling works in Qatar from industry experts. STEM experts Tala Katbeh ('15) and Benjamin Cieslinski led the programme with input and some lessons from Qatar Cool. Katbeh said, "The 'Keeping Cool with Qatar Cool' programme is one of a kind, and it was exciting to see how the students were actively engaged in the learning process. As an educator, I feel very proud to have been able to contribute towards preparing the next generation of future engineering leaders in Qatar. We are also grateful for the support that Qatar Cool provided in making this a valuable experience for the students." Qatar Cool CEO Yasser al-Jaidah commenting on the programme said “Innovation and scientific advances are rapidly expanding, creating a demand for innovators. It is our next generation who will lead the way and build a knowledge-based economy. To succeed in this new information-based and highly technical culture, students need to expand their skills in STEM to levels beyond what was deemed acceptable in the past. "STEM education creates critical thinkers and enables the next generation of innovators. We are pleased to have been involved with Texas A&M in this programme. As an organisation rich with engineers from all disciplines, we know the worth of STEM education and the invaluable role our future engineers will have in sustaining and enhancing the efforts we are putting in place. We look forward to continuing to work with institutes and students, helping nurture and develop our future engineers.” At the end of the programme, students were recognised for their outstanding efforts. Bayan Khraisheh, Hasan Zubaidi, Karima Ahmed and Yaman Adwan received the Best Teamwork Award, while JLina Elzeini, Rama al-Hamidi, Sana al-Hamidi and Zeid Kailani received the Best Presentation Award for their team’s efforts in the final project. Wafaa Ismail received the Outstanding Citizen Award, Bartosz Werla got the Most Inquisitive Award and Karima Ahmed received the Best Engineering Notebook Award.
For Abdulla Paleri, weekends are all about driving to beaches, parks and remote desert areas with a friend in search of birds. While passing along the seashore, green areas and sand dunes, Abdulla cautiously watches the surroundings with his camera in his hands and he tells his friend to slow down the car while the birds come his way. White-eared bulbul Abdulla, who is working with Podar Pearl School at Al Meshaf, has completed 25 years of birdwatching while taking beautiful pictures of the winged wonders and also looking for rare varieties. And he looks to continue pursuing his passion while keeping pace with new trends in photography and birdwatching. Abdulla Paleri “For me, birdwatching is a routine thing. I look to further develop this while making use of the opportunities available in Qatar,” said the expatriate from the southern Indian state of Kerala, adding that Qatar provides a good opportunity for birdwatchers to explore. “There are birds around you no matter where you live. What we need to do is to explore and establish a connection with nature. Birds often get me outside,” he added. Blue throat, winter visitor Apart from deserts, Abdulla regularly visits Al Wakra Beach and Al Bidda Park, which are home to various types of resident and migratory birds. “Migratory birds are commonly seen alongside the Al Wakra seashore. During the winter and spring, many birds visit Qatar,” he said. A graduate in MSc Zoology from Farook College in Kozhikode, Kerala, Abdulla did his PhD from the University of Calicut after completing his research in ‘Ecology of Purple Moorhen (Grey-Headed Swamphen)’. Eurasian oystercatcher A teacher by profession, Abdulla attended the International Ornithological Congress held in Durban, South Africa, in 1997. Many articles and papers on birds have been published in various journals, magazines and dailies. Abdulla is mainly interested in waders and gulls along the southwestern coast of India and regularly monitors their arrival, habitat use and departure for many years. Also, he has directed a documentary on birds and featured many educational lessons on radios and channels. Northern wheatear, passage migrant He has authored five books on birds, butterflies and wildlife in general, and conducted several nature awareness classes for thousands of students. Abdulla was awarded a national teacher award in 2014 after considering his contribution to school education for more than two and a half decades. For the last two years, Abdulla has been active in uploading video lessons on birds on his YouTube channel along with another bird enthusiast, Navin Antony.
MIE-SPPU Institute of Higher Education, Doha, organised yoga sessions for students and teachers to mark the International Yoga Day. The event was patronised by the management of Milestone International Education to spread the awareness of yoga. This year’s official theme has been ‘Yoga for Humanity.’ Institute director Dr Bimalendu B Nath, welcomed and felicitated Nisha Agrawal, a well-known yoga instructor and therapist, who conducted the session. She emphasised the importance of yoga for relaxation and fitness of body and mind. The session was co-ordinated by the institute's head administrator Dinesh Bakshi and the event's faculty in-charge Dr Manishkumar Varma.
In celebration of World Environment Day, Doha Women Forum has brought together 10 emerging female artists in Qatar as they exhibit their artistic responses to the ever-growing impacts of climate change on planet earth. In collaboration with Doha Festival City, the exhibition runs until June 30 on the ground floor of the mall with the aim to engage audiences and to call on people to reflect and take part in protecting the environment. ‘The World We Live In’ exhibition features painting, photography, sculpture, and digital artwork of Aryam Ramos (Venezuela), Fatima Mohamed (Qatar), Joud Al Rushidat (Jordan), Minahil Khuram (Canada), Nis Halim (Malaysia), Noof Almerekhi (Qatar), Reem Zaghmout (Qatar), Swapna Namboodiri (India), Trizha Valino (Philippines), and Valeria Kholod (Ukraine).
A Hawksbill turtle hatchling looks up from a volunteer's palms as it basks in the rising sun's warmth before being released into the sea at Qatar's Fuwairit Beach. HE the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Sheikh Dr Faleh bin Nasser al-Thani recently participated in an awareness event organised by the ministry on the World Oceans Day at the Hawksbill turtles protection project site on the beach. The project has succeeded in allocating safe habitats for nesting and incubation of the eggs, which contributes towards enriching the marine environment in the country. The ministry has been working on this project since 2003 and ministerial decision no 37 for 2010 was issued to preserve the endangered marine birds and turtles. The minister explained that the work team concerned at the ministry has released more than 35,000 baby turtles over the past five years. The current season was highly successful as 98 nests were transferred to the protected site at Fuwairit Beach, and hatching season started after two months from putting the first nest at this site.
MES Indian School marked the World Environment Day with students participating in various activities under the campaign slogan ‘Only One Earth.’ The team of Campus Care Force (CCF) leaders conducted a special assembly. Students spoke on the importance of preserving the environment. The department of fine arts organised a poster-making competition on the topic 'Hug A Tree’, ‘Keep it Clean, Keep it Green’, ‘Let’s Be friends with Earth’ and ‘Be a Designer’ (painting) to generate awareness on the importance of conservation of nature and greenery. A myriad of creative activities such as ‘Best out of Waste’, ’Poster on Say No to Plastic Bags’, ‘Essay on Global Warming’, ‘Collage Making on the theme –Only One Earth’ were conducted for students of KG-1 to XII. Students also made creative products such as wall hangings, cards, pen stands, bags, paper boxes, and flowers. In ‘Be a Reporter activity’ students gave power-point presentations on various environmental issues. Teachers and the administration staff came dressed in green. Jency George, Sneha Ramachandran, Vijayashermila, Shiney Suresh, Shiny V T K, Limy Mol M N, Bitty Varghese, Sibby Shaji John, Renu Raturi and Ashita Fazil were the teachers in charge of the events of the World Environment Day.
Ideal Indian School celebrated World Environment Day with colourful presentations and various conservation awareness programmes. The campus witnessed a flurry of activities under the theme 'Only One Earth'. Students got an excellent opportunity to understand and experience the various aspects of the environment through different activities. Ideal Eco Club launched its activities for the new academic year. Kids of the kindergarten and junior sections also actively took part. KG students dressed up as the earth, trees, wild animals, sea creatures and flowers. Students were given activity sheets for colouring, based on the theme 'Save Our Planet'. The members of Ideal Eco-Club also took the environmental pledge to promote environmental awareness amongst the student community and to spread the message of a greener tomorrow. Speaking on the occasion, acting principal Shaik Shamim Saheb urged the students to be more responsible in protecting the environment and preserving the mother earth for future generations to live. The scouts and guides of the school participated in various activities to instill an eco-friendly attitude amongst the students.
Rajagiri Public School celebrated World Environment Day by planting a variety of trees around the campus. To accelerate the process of greening the campus, half grown trees, including date palms, Gulmohar, Neem and Chempaka were planted. Managing director George Jacob inaugurated the planting. Greening the campus is the vision of academic director Dr Prashant Palakkappillil who joined recently. He said a group of students will be entrusted with the responsibility of taking care of each tree. A special assembly saw students presenting dances and songs on the theme, environment.
MESIS celebrated World Environment Day with holistic activities to promote awareness among the students to save earth’s natural resources. The students and faculty members wore green coloured clothes. Students of various grades brought plants to donate to the school. The celebrations started with an assembly with the slogan 'Only One Earth'. Students of grades I to III cultivated micro-greens for the occasion and presented videos of the gradual development of the plants. Students of grade IV and V presented short speeches. Students of grade VI to VIII presented drama, songs and power point presentations. MESIS principal Dr Mohammed Haneef laid emphasis on the importance of planting more trees. This was followed by planting of saplings by the principal, students and staff members. The events were co-ordinated by Green Army in-charge Noorjahan along with Shahina, Fathima Shabna and Shameema.
Telugu Business Association- Qatar (TBA-Q), a non-profit associated organisation of the Indian Business and Professionals Council (IBPC) formed by businessmen of Andhra and Telangana origin living in Qatar, was launched itself by organising an Iftar party. Indian ambassador Dr Deepak Mittal was the chief guest and Indian embassy's counsellor (political & commerce) Angeline Premalatha the guest of honour. IBPC officials Hisham Abdul Raheem, Abdul Sathar, T V Santhosh, Manikantan A P, Kerala Business Forum officials Shanavas Bava, Nihad Ali, Nisham Ismail and Shabeer Shamras from Business Network International Qatar were among the other guests. The event was led by TBA-Q's Rahel Imtiaz Khan, Mohammed Farman, Lutfi Kakar, Mohammed Yawar Hussain, Jaffar Hussain, Liyakhat Ali, Dr Samad Khan and Aziza Manal Begum.
Scouts and Guides from various schools took part in a beach cleaning drive at Al Wakra Family Beach. The event was organised by Qatar Scouts and Guides Association and the Gulf Association for Petrochemicals and Chemicals. The campaign was titled 'Environment Without Waste'. Many organisations and institutions across the Gulf countries participate in the annual initiative. An awareness presentation on a waste-free environment was presented by the University of Doha for Science and Technology, focusing on zero-waste, the 3R’s - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. The campaign ended with live science experiments and demonstrations by the STEM road show from Texas A&M University at Qatar. The students from Birla Public School were led by Saju James and Shyam Mohan. From MES Indian School, a team of six Scouts, six Guides, 21 Campus Care Force (CCF) leaders and six teachers participated. The MES team was co-ordinated by Scouts and Guides in-charge Rajesh K S, Guides in-charge Fiona Mary D’cruz, Cubs in-charge Fency Patrose, Bulbuls in-charge Balkees Farsana, and CCF teachers in-charge Jency George and Celci Sebastian.
The Sri Lanka Women's Organisation attended an event to clean up Al Wakra Beach recently. Launched under the auspices of the embassy of Sri Lanka by Sri Lankan women residing in Qatar, the organisation implements a number of programmes for the country's women. These initiatives included a cleanup of the beach. Many Sri Lankan women living in Qatar and their families contributed to the event.
The Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers Qatar Chapter (PICE Qatar) successfully conducted its annual beach clean-up activity for 2022 at Al Wakrah Municipality Beach recently, in connection with the Qatar Environment Day. The volunteers were met by representatives from the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MoECC), who provided yellow plastic bags, hand gloves, and a dump truck. The event began with people picking up and collecting trash along the mangroves and coastal line. Rolan E Nevado, PICE Qatar president 2022, mentioned that the cleanup activity was part of the programmes and advocacies of the organisation for the year.
On Qatar National Sport Day, the Rajagiri Public School (RPS) Ploggers Club organised a campaign to create awareness about the importance of protecting the environment from pollution. Together with participating in Sport Day events organised by the Indian Sports Centre, the club members cleared the area of plastic waste thrown away by spectators during the competitions. The co-ordinator of the programme, Nisha Shahul, urged the gathering to avoid discarding used water bottles carelessly. A random quiz was also conducted among the gathering to spread the message of 'plogging'. It is an activity that originated in Sweden and is the act of combining jogging with picking trash. It has been taken up by millions across the world as it is beneficial both to the health and the environment.
Ice on a glacier near the summit of Mount Everest that took millennia to form has shrunk dramatically in the last three decades due to climate change, a new study has shown. The South Col formation may already have lost around 55 metres (180 feet) of thickness in the last 25 years, according to research led by the University of Maine and published this week by Nature. Carbon dating showed the top layer of ice was around 2,000 years old, suggesting that the glacier was thinning more than 80 times faster than the time it took to form, the study said. At that rate, South Col was "probably going to disappear within very few decades", lead scientist Paul Mayewski told National Geographic. "It's quite a remarkable transition," he added. The South Col glacier is around 7,900 metres (26,000 feet) above sea level and a kilometre below the peak of the world's highest mountain. Other researchers have shown that Himalayan glaciers are melting at an accelerating rate. As the glaciers shrink, hundreds of lakes have formed in the foothills of Himalayan mountains that could burst and unleash floods. Nepali climber Kami Rita Sherpa, who has climbed Everest a record 25 times since 1994, told AFP Saturday he had witnessed changes on the mountain firsthand. "We now see rock exposed in areas where there used to be snow before. Not just on Everest, other mountains are also losing their snow and ice. It is worrying," Sherpa told AFP. Himalayan glaciers are a critical water source for nearly two billion people living around the mountains and river valleys below. They feed 10 of the world's most important river systems and also help supply billions of people with food and energy. The water-related impacts of climate change are already experienced daily by millions of people worldwide, according to UN climate scientists.