Qatar Foundation (QF) chairperson Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser awarded the latest batch of winners of the Akhlaquna Award and the Akhlaquna Junior Award at a special ceremony in Education City.
The ceremony was attended by QF vice chairperson and CEO HE Sheikha Hind bint Hamad al-Thani and HE the Minister of Culture and Sports Salah bin Ghanem al-Ali.
Al-Anood al-Kubaisi, Lolwa al-Musafri, and Fatima al-Naimi were crowned the Cycle 4 winners of the Akhlaquna Award for their initiative Grass Banking, which brings together education and agriculture. The project was founded when they were at school and it has worked to identify neglected areas that can be turned into green spaces for future generations to adopt.
QF chairperson Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, vice chairperson and CEO HE Sheikha Hind bint Hamad al-Thani and HE the Minister of Culture and Sports Salah bin Ghanem al-Ali and other dignitaries at the event. Credit: AR Al-Baker
The project has helped families in need meet their food requirements, in cooperation with Qatar Charity. Al-Naimi said: “The agricultural environment contributed to an increase in the oxygen level in the air, and the recycling of plant residues helped us make compost. We want to create a new brand in the Qatari market for all kinds of fruit and vegetables.”
Other projects shortlisted for the Akhlaquna Award were Qatar Medical Students’ Association, which aims to bring together medical and healthcare students across the country to help shape the future of Qatar’s healthcare landscape; and Step One Kids, a YouTube channel that educates Arab children, in an entertaining way, about the right way to live, talk, eat, play, and nurture a range of other skills.
The Akhlaquna Junior winners for the Grades 1-3 category were Mohamed Hilal al-Mohannadi (Qatar Academy Al Khor), Lolwa Ali Almahmood (Qatar Academy Al Wakra) and Ali Fahad AlSulaiti (Tariq Bin Ziad School).
In the Grades 4-6 category, Rawdha Nayef al-Emadi (Al Arqam Academy for Girls), Abdualla Hilal al-Mohannadi (Qatar Academy Al Khor), and Shouq Hamad al-Adbah (Khadija bint Khuwailid Primary Independent School for Girls) were named as the winners; while in the Grades 7-9 category, AlJohara Hassan al-Subaey was the recipient of an Akhlaquna Junior Award.
The winners of the Akhlaquna Award were chosen following a public vote and assessment by a jury comprising Dr Jassim Sultan, director of Wijdan Cultural Centre; Dr Emad El-Din Shahin, dean of the College of Islamic Studies at Hamad Bin Khalifa University; Prof Mabrouk Zeid Elkheir, director of the National Centre for Research in Islamic Sciences and Civilisation in Algeria; and Dr Hissa Mohammad Sadiq, Emeritus Professor at Qatar University and former dean of the College of Education.
The event also featured addresses by 37 TV director Ali bin Tuwar al-Kuwari and Qatari entrepreneur, motivational speaker, social media celebrity Ghanim al-Muftah.
Built around the core moral values of mercy, honesty, generosity, and tolerance, and reinforcing the interconnectivity between knowledge and morality, the Akhlaquna Award was established by QF in 2017. It recognises members of Qatar’s community aged 15-24 who display social awareness, compassion, and thoughtfulness, and who consequently inspire others and improve others through their actions, ethics, mindsets, and devotion to driving positive social change.
Akhlaquna Junior – which has now completed its second cycle – honors school students aged 7-14 who uphold the morals and values that the Akhlaquna initiative seeks to cultivate.