'Back to School' campaign draws children to malls
September 16 2016 09:45 PM
Qatar
Student volunteers man the 'Back to School' booth. PICTURES: Ram Chand.

Doha

The ‘Back to School’ campaign, taking place at Dar Al Salam Mall and Gulf Mall until September 24, has been attracting many young visitors to take part in various activities it offers.

“We received a large number of people at Dar Al Salam yesterday (Thursday) at the launch and we hope to entice more in the coming days,” a student volunteer told Gulf Times.
Supervised by teachers and other student volunteers, the campaign has various educational, art and drawing activities for children from 4pm to 10pm on weekdays and from 2pm to 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays.
The 10-day campaign for school year 2016/2017 is organised by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, Traffic Department, Weill Cornell Medicine - Qatar through “Your Health First” campaign, and Mowasalat Company (Karwa).
Besides colouring and drawing activities, the campaign also features presentation of a skills programme and an updated educational app of the ministry, as well as video lessons on its YouTube channel.



Young mall visitors take part in an activity at Dar Al Salam Mall.


Student volunteers and staff are continuously distributing booklets and brochures about health and safety and education excellence award (in Arabic) at the two venues.
The campaign, dubbed as “With Knowledge, we build Qatar,” aims to prepare students for the new school year and to enhance their communication skills.
The campaign also wants to involve teachers, students, parents, and other concerned organisations and individuals as part of its effort to offer students due support in helping them start “a productive and successful school year.”
“Parents have always been very supportive in many of our activities and endeavour and we are seeing it again here in this campaign,” the student volunteer added.
The campaign stresses the need of psychological support to encourage students to start an active school year and start getting up very early in the morning and prepare for a full school day ahead of them.
In co-operation with Qatar Postal Services Company (Q-Post), the ministry also announced the launch of a postal stamp “With knowledge, we build Qatar” at Katara – the Cultural Village on Tuesday.
The ministry has completed all the preparations for the new school year with around 300,000 students returning to school on Sunday.



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