As a part of taking initiatives for clean air and climate change, the Indian Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (Ishrae) in Qatar organised a plantation drive at MES Indian School. Ishrae Qatar chapter officials Sajeeda, Thulasiram and Abdullah took part in the event alongside twenty members of the Campus Care Force of MES Indian School. A number of saplings were planted on the occasion of the World Environment Day. Principal Dr Hameeda Kadar lauded the efforts taken by Ishrae Qatar chapter towards sustainable environmental practices by planting trees and educating young minds about protecting the environment, and thanked all for providing an opportunity to be part of Qatar’s Plant 1mn tree project. The teachers in charge were Jency George, Shailaja Nishad, Sneha R, Sibby Shaji John and Bitty Varghese.
On World Environment Day, Qatar’s local impact-driven gifting company Verdura Care collaborated with the Qatar Foundation’s Park and Plant initiative to deliver a unique tree-planting event with the support of children and women from the local community who joined to plant 700 native trees in Education City. The aim was to improve awareness among the local community and, especially the children, on the importance of indigenous plants and their impact on protecting biodiversity and combating desertification and climate change.
As part of World Environment Day, Nammude Adukkalathottam (Our Kitchen Garden), Doha, organised NAD Environmental Quiz 2023. More than 200 students from various schools in Qatar participated.Dr Sarath Lal was the quiz master. The winners were selected after three rounds. Evin Varghese Binu (MES Indian School) got the first place, Adeeb (MES Indian School, Abu Hamour branch) was second and Veda Virendra Redkhar (MES) third. Areeba Firoz, Shreya S V and Shaba Rebin, all from MES, won consolation prizes.Lakshmi Suryan conducted a seminar on the importance of Environment Day. Radio Malayalam representative Naufal and Brilliant Education Centre director Mohamed Ashraf spoke. Certificates were given to all participants. Our Kitchen Garden President Benny Thomas welcomed the gathering.
With summer setting in, the rays of the morning sun outlines new shoots of a Sidra tree, the iconic symbol of Qatar's heritage. Until the fruit season next winter, Sidra trees seen widely across the country, will be providing the much-needed shelter for birds and shade for humans. PICTURE: Gulf Times news editor Bonnie James.
Bangiya Parishad Qatar, a socio-cultural organisation affiliated to Indian Cultural Centre, organised a beach cleaning camp. A large number of community members, including many school children, participated. The beach cleaning initiative and related activities were supported by Al Wakrah Municipality.
At the height of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, Doha-based Filipino accountant Jeacim Francis Adaya started his journey in hydroponics gardening thinking it could be a good bonding activity with his wife, Misty, and daughters Sofia and Zara.But it was in March 2022 after moving to a much larger house that Adaya realised the potential for hydroponics gardening despite a few trials and errors along the way.He explained to Gulf Times the potential of hydroponics gardening in addressing some of the challenges facing modern agriculture, such as limited land availability, water scarcity, and environmental degradation.By sharing information and promoting the use of hydroponics gardening, Adaya hopes to help raise awareness of these issues and encourage more people to adopt sustainable and efficient methods of agriculture.GULF TIMES: Is indoor hydroponics gardening possible if one does not have ample outdoor space?ADAYA: Yes, indoor hydroponics gardening is a great option for people who do not have ample outdoor space, as it allows them to grow plants indoors without soil. Hydroponic systems can be set up in a small space, such as a spare room, closet, or balcony, and can produce a high yield of plants compared to traditional soil-based gardening.With hydroponics, you can grow a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers, and you can control the growing conditions, such as light, temperature, and nutrients, to optimise growth and yield. Additionally, indoor hydroponics gardening can be a fun and rewarding hobby, and it can even help reduce your carbon footprint by reducing food transportation and waste.For those who want to get started in hydroponics gardening, what is the initial cost of investment? Kindly provide an overview of the budget for a small, medium, and large garden.The hydroponic method that I am using is called “Kratky Method,” which is simple and adaptable for small home gardens. This passive method of hydroponics only requires a few basic supplies, such as container with lid (I use styro box), styro cups, growing medium (I recommend using cocopeat), nutrient solutions, and seeds.The average cost for a DIY small setup (one box/starter kit), which can produce about eight to 10 lettuce heads (or other vegetables of choice), is QR100 to QR150. A medium setup with around 50 boxes that can produce about 400 to 500 lettuce heads may cost around QR2,000 to QR3,000, while a large garden setup with around 100 boxes for 1,000 lettuce heads would cost about QR5,000 or more.What varieties of vegetables could be grown in this climate through hydroponics gardening?There are many varieties of vegetables that can be grown in an outdoor hydroponic system in Qatar during the cold months (November till the first week of May).Some popular choices include:Leafy greens: Lettuce, spinach, and kale are all good choices for hydroponic gardening in the winter.Herbs: Basil, parsley, and mint are herbs that can be grown in a hydroponic system during the winter.Root vegetables: Carrots, beets, and radishes can all be grown in hydroponic systems during the winter, although they may require a bit more attention than other vegetables.Tomatoes: Cherry tomatoes can be grown successfully in hydroponic systems during the winter, as long as they receive enough light and warmth.Peppers: Bell peppers and hot peppers can also be grown in hydroponic systems during the winter, as long as they are provided with sufficient heat and light.It’s important to note that the specific varieties of vegetables you can grow will depend on the conditions in your indoor or outdoor hydroponic system. You’ll need to ensure that your plants are getting enough light, nutrients, and water to thrive, and you may need to adjust these factors depending on the type of plant you are growing.What are the benefits of hydroponics gardening?Hydroponic gardening, which involves growing plants in a soil-free medium and delivering nutrients directly to the roots, has several benefits, including increased productivity and yield, water conservation, no soil-borne diseases, space efficiency, and educational benefits.Overall, hydroponic gardening can have a positive impact on one's professional, social, personal, and family life by promoting sustainability, efficiency, and education.What life lessons can hydroponics gardening teach children and why is it important to pass on the knowledge of hydroponics gardening to the younger generation?Hydroponic gardening can teach children several valuable life lessons, including responsibility, patience, science and environmental awareness, nutrition, and creativity and problem-solving.
Nada Raafat Elkharashi, who graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar (VCUarts Qatar) in Doha, with a BFA in Interior Design in 2017, and an MFA in Design in 2021, created a unique public seating structure in response to Qatar Museum's open call on the theme 'Reuse, Recycle and Reduce'.The piece of furniture was exhibited during Milan Design Week 2022, as part of the Rossana Orlandi Ro Plastic Exhibition. It was selected as a finalist for the international Rossana Orlandi Ro Plastic Prize 2022: Urban and Public Design and went on to win third place in the category.The Ro Plastic Prize is the international award of 'RoGUILTLESSPLASTIC'. The award has been drawing the attention of an increasing number of designers, innovators, entrepreneurs, startups, scientists, researchers, and communication experts who are passionate about creating extraordinary and impactful projects that involve the reuse of waste.The piece of furniture, with back-to-back sitting spaces and a perforated shade that lets in flickering light, was first unveiled in M7 in Msheireb Downtown Doha, during a 'Qatar Creates' event last year."The design calls for collecting local egg crates from the community, big supermarkets, chicken farms, and, most importantly, from individual households," Elkharashi said. "For this seat, I collected unused egg crates from local hypermarkets such as LuLu and Carrefour. I also purchased recycled pulp egg crates, to fill in certain spaces. But for future public seat collections, all crates will be collected locally, categorised according to size, and used for production.”The VCUarts Qatar alumna says that in the long run, the concept and final product should motivate residents to have designated bins to dispose of their daily share of egg crates.According to Elkharashi, the design and implementation of the furniture piece can be adapted to the number of egg crates collected, making it similar to a modular system where individual components can be added or removed. The core is designed using a metal brace, and screws. The cartons are assembled as one longitudinal cladding module, making the seat firm and functional. The more egg crates are collected, the more cladding modules can be joined as separate extensions at the top or on the sides.Elkharashi added how as time passes, and the cartons degrade, only the metallic brace and the screws of the main structure will remain, leaving the public with a visual reminder to gather and replace the degraded crates with another batch of reused egg crates that are locked on the metal brace using the screws that protrude from it.
In connection with International Year of Millets, Rajagiri Public School (RPS) has joined hands with Indian Institute of Millet Research (IIMR), Hyderabad, India to popularise the use of millet as the staple food among the Indian community. A stall showcased various varieties of millets and different types of dishes made using millets and their recipes.The year-long celebration is supported by the members of the school’s Parent Council. Executive members Teenu Joggy. Roma Achamma Thommen and Shanmuga Pandian who managed the millet stall at Rajagiri Fest, explained that inculcating healthy food habits in the young generation is the prime duty of every parent, especially in an era when life style diseases are on the rise.A formal launch of the celebration was done by Indian embassy first secretary (education, culture and information) Sachin Dinkar Shankpal by handing over specially crafted bookmarks illustrating the different kinds of millets and their health benefits. The school plans to hold online sessions for students, conducted by the scientists of IIMR, develop small plots in the school garden with various millet crops, promote millet snacks in the students’ snack boxes at least once in a month and organise quizzes and debates.
Indian Business & Professionals Council (IBPC) Qatar and MES Indian School jointly organised an awareness programme for students at the school campus recently as part of the International Year of Millets 2023 (IYOM 2023).IBPC president Jaffer Us Sadik spoke about the importance of millets, the first domesticated cereal grains, which were most likely cultivated in Asia more than 4,000 years ago.Millets rank as the sixth most important cereal grains in the world today, sustaining more than one-third of the world’s population.Renitha Richard, chief nutritionist at Allevia Medical Center, educated the students about millets as 'Nutri-cereals' due to their high nutritional value and a valuable source of energy, proteins, dietary fiber, minerals, and vitamins. Millets are also gluten-free and a great option for those who are intolerant to wheat and other grains.Millets are rich in antioxidants and have anti-inflammatory properties. They are easy to digest and can help improve digestive health. Millets are a great choice for weight management, as they are low in calories, yet they provide a feeling of fullness. Millets are also high in minerals like iron, magnesium, and zinc, which are essential for healthy bones and teeth. Consuming millet can also help to reduce the risk of diabetes and heart disease, she added.Mohammed Ilias of MES appreciated the the initiative to spread awareness on millets and encouraged his students on the benefits of these “tiny grains” that pack a big nutritional punch and urged the students to include millet in their daily diets. School teachers Jency George (Campus Care Force), Sneha Ramachandran Pillai, Sibby Shaji John, Bitty Varghese, Rema Devi, Rajesh K.S (Scouts and Guides) and Fency Patrose (Cubs in-charge) were the MES event co-ordinators. More information about IYOM2023 is available on ibpcqatar.com
Talking Matters Toastmasters Club, in association with WabiSabi Qatar, conducted an upcycling waste disposal drive, 'Trash to Treasure'.The event, which saw donated waste materials being taken by individuals to create craft pieces, was held at Stafford Sri Lankan School.Discarded plastic and glass bottles, cans, bags, magazines, newspapers, scrap paper and old clothes were brought in by members from the Toastmasters Community and from DPS-Modern Indian School.The event was organised by club president Pooja George and vice president (public relations) Abhina Pradeep in association with member and WabiSabi Qatar founder Nisha Shivram and with the support of club officials and members Thirumoorthy Anbazhalgan, Midhun Mohandas, Kumar Angamuthu, Ram Mohan Rai, Sivaprakash Vaitheesvaran, Hitesh Saviliya, Meenalochini and Pramod Shetty.Toastmasters District 116 director Rajesh V C, district programme quality director Ravi Shankar and Division C director Pradeep Menon also attended.Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organisation committed to communication and leadership. There are 117 clubs in Qatar.
Hundreds of dolphins are washing up on France's Atlantic coast and thousands more are believed killed in fishermen's nets each year, as environmentalists and Brussels pressure the government to protect the marine mammals.On Wednesday, Allain Bougrain-Dubourg, head of the League for the Protection of Birds (LPO), said he would write to President Emmanuel Macron that "the time has come to do our utmost to save dolphins from mistreatment or even extinction."This dramatic situation is even less acceptable given that it is avoidable," Bougrain-Dubourg added.Pro-dolphin activists say harmful fishing activities, including deep-sea and sea-bed trawling, must be halted for several weeks in the Bay of Biscay between France and Spain.The Pelagis ocean observatory has spotted a surge in dolphin deaths on the Atlantic coast, with 127 common dolphins washed up in January alone -- up from 73 in the same month last year.Increased dolphin deaths are usually seen later in the year, during their February-March coastal feeding season that brings them closer to fishing vessels chasing hake and sea bass.This year the increase in finds is "especially early", Pelagis said this month.Over the whole of 2022, 669 dolphins washed up -- down from 1,299 in 2020.Scientists believe that more than 80 percent of dead dolphins sink or decompose at sea rather than washing ashore, suggesting the real number of deaths is far higher at up to 11,000 per year.Of the washed-up dolphins, "most presented signs of being caught in fishing equipment", Pelagis said, with the LPO singling out "slices in the tail fins and clear traces of nets" on their skin.- 'Half-measures' -CIEM, a scientific body that tracks North Atlantic ecosystems, has for years urged a winter pause for some indiscriminate fishing techniques, meeting fierce resistance from industrial fishermen.After two years of pressure from the European Commission and under the spotlight from activists, Paris has so far offered an eight-point plan with technical measures, stopping far short of an outright ban.Measures include a voluntary observer scheme aboard fishing vessels, satellite tracking and fitting trawlers with cameras or acoustic repellent devices that drive the dolphins away.Many fishing ships are already fitted with the devices in a "large-scale experiment" to test their effectiveness, the government said.But the LPO denounced the government moves as "half-measures... that will change nothing and cost us precious time".Environmentalist group Sea Shepherd said the repellent devices "create huge exclusion zones in dolphins' feeding grounds" that risk cutting them off from needed nourishment.Paris has not completely closed the door to temporary bans, suggesting "time- and space-limited closures" to fishing could be tested in the Bay of Biscay in winter 2024-25 "if there are no satisfactory results in reducing accidental catches" of dolphins.That isn't soon enough for the activists. Sea Shepherd have filed a criminal complaint on January 16 against persons unknown over the failure to intervene.
With the aim of creating awareness and increasing the production and consumption of millets, the United Nations (UN), at the behest of the Indian government, has declared 2023 as the International Year of Millets (IYoM).To celebrate this important UN initiative, the Indian Business and Professional Council (IBPC Qatar) and the Indian embassy in Doha have joined hands to kickstart the IYoM activities starting with a gathering of hypermarket representatives and food importers in Qatar.In his opening remarks, IBPC vice-president K P Ashraf welcomed the delegates and briefly explained the agenda. Angeline Premalatha, counsellor (Political and Commerce) at the Indian embassy, explained the significance of the International Year of Millets and the desire to host various activities to raise awareness about millets in Qatar and their importance in the daily diet.Allevia Medical Center nutritionist and dietician Renitha Richard gave a presentation on the various health benefits of millets, while IBPC vice-president Hisham Abdul Raheem proposed various initiatives to promote millets in Qatar.Later, Team IBPC also met with the management representatives of Radio Malayalam, Mirchi One and Radio Olive-Suno to kickstart the year-long public awareness campaign for millets.More information about the IYoM is available at https://ibpcqatar.com/ and its social media platforms.
Winter in Qatar is a riot of colours, be it in the public parks or home gardens. The pleasant weather soothes the human mind and body, fauna and flora and rejuvenates mother nature in general. These scenes from a Doha backyard is a small example of the winter magic. PICTURES: Gulf Times news editor Bonnie James
Dr Kasia Sterriker is pushing the boundaries of traditional environmental sculpture with her innovative biophilic designs and unconventional use of Bonsai techniques. Known for creating living sculptures that are larger or smaller than human scale, Dr. Kasia's work aims to alter the perception of the environment for the viewer and challenge the expected image. Let's delve into Kasia's unique artistic approach and the thought behind her captivating installations.Environmental art, a movement that originated as a rebellion against the traditional confines of the art world and sought to create innovative works using natural elements in outdoor locations, has always been a controversial and experimental field. Blurring the lines between sculpture, architecture, landscape design, and environmental science, environmental art embraces interdisciplinary ideas and media to address pressing issues related to humanity's relationship with nature.In Europe, environmental art has often taken the form of interpretive works that seek to re-envision our connection to the natural world and propose ways for us to coexist with it. Dr. Kasia Sterriker, a pioneering environmental artist, now based in UAE, is no exception. Despite initial criticism from traditional art critics, the field of environmental art has continued to evolve and gain recognition, with artists like Kasia leading the way. Through her captivating installations and thought-provoking artistic approach, Dr. Kasia is helping to shape the future of this interdisciplinary movement and inspire a new generation of artists and nature enthusiasts.She is a celebrated environmental artist who is redefining the connection between humankind and nature through her stunning living sculptures. With her unique perspective on the intersection between art, horticulture, craft, and science, Dr. Kasia is creating works of art that are both beautiful and meaningful. She believes that environmental art is an amalgamation of many different disciplines. As a result, it requires a creative and open-minded approach to combine all of them into a singular art form. She considers a wide range of factors in order to create her living sculptures.For example, she takes into account the physical composition of her sculptures, as well as the environment in which they will survive. She also looks into the origin of the living materials needed for her sculptures, including their geographical and topographical backgrounds, as well as the local community and history. All of these factors must be taken into account in order to ensure the survival of the sculptures, as well as to give them sensuous qualities that make them stand out.In her works, Dr. Kasia brings together various disciplines in order to create masterpieces that evoke emotion and bring people closer to nature. Her works are a testament to her creativity and open-mindedness, and her living sculptures are sure to continue to captivate and inspire.Recently, she has turned her creative focus toward developing a whole new genre of environmental art based on trees native to the Middle East. By applying the far eastern arts of landscape miniaturization to a range of trees that are not only important to the region historically and horticulturally, but also carry significant religious and cultural meaning, as they are referred to in the Holy Quran. Dr. Kasia is able to engage with, work with, and transform a new medium while also paying respectful homage to the region.These works allow people in the Middle East to reconnect with these important and holy trees in a new way by bringing them into their homes and gardens in the form of art. Through this unique approach, Dr. Kasia is able to draw attention to these trees and their meaning both within and outside of their native lands, encouraging a deeper understanding and appreciation of the natural world and the cultural significance of these trees.Her passion for bonsai art, which she inherited from her father, who is a bonsai master, is evident in the care and attention she brings to each of her living sculptures. On the other hand, her husband is also passionate about her environmental art and supports her every step of the way. Together, this dynamic duo aims to create an environmental art gallery that will showcase her unique vision and inspire others to appreciate the natural world in new and meaningful ways. Follow Dr. Kasia on Instgaram for latest updates @dr_kasia_sterriker
Come winter, the sky above Qatar can spring enchanting cloud formations, a treat to the eyes and heart. A beautiful scene from Friday afternoon above Qatar's first cable-stayed bridge, suspended above Salwa Road and an integral part of the Sabah Al Ahmad Corridor. PICTURE: Gulf Times news editor Bonnie James.
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.