Doha College wins Qatar Sustainability Award
Doha College has been recognised as the greenest school in Qatar by being awarded the “School Sustainability Initiative Award” at the recent Qatar Sustainability Awards 2018. These awards, organised by Qatar Green Building Council (QGBC), a member of Qatar Foundation, and sponsored by Tadmur Holdings, applaud the efforts and commitment of individuals and organisations in furthering sustainable development and environmental protection in Qatar.
One of the oldest international schools in the country, Doha College started its green journey many years ago, and in 2016 its Secondary School became the first in Qatar to be awarded a Green Flag by the Foundation for Environmental Education. Since then, its Primary School has also been awarded a Green Flag, and the Secondary School has secured its second flag.
The curriculum at Doha College is enriched with a significant component of environmental topics, both integrated within regular lessons and as separate campaigns and activities. There is a particular focus on recycling, on cleaning our existing environment and on creating new green spaces inside and outside of the school walls. A “learning garden” now blooms on the West Bay campus, part of which is irrigated via a system created by A-level design and technology DC students.
Earlier this year, the school ran an “Ocean Awareness Month” and at the moment it is running “Qatar Sustainability Week”, consisting of:
• Environmentally focused lessons in most subjects
• Non-uniform day on 8 November, when all students and staff are invited to wear green in exchange for 10 riyals; all money raised will be donated to environmental charities.
• Environmentally focused assemblies
• Eco-School Pledge: all members of the school community are asked to make a small-scale pledge to their everyday life, under the key themes of waste minimisation, food sustainability, climate change, litter, energy and marine and coast.
• Car-Pooling: DC encourages car-pooling throughout the “Qatar Sustainability Week”.
• House Bottle Top recycling competition – all bottle tops will be recycled into prosthetic limbs.
DC Principal Dr Steffen Sommer shared his delight at this latest achievement: "I am absolutely thrilled for Doha College to receive this award in recognition of the impact the college has made on the environment in Qatar. Staff and students, enthusiastically led by teachers Naomi Capewell, Seana Gregg and Brian Kerr, have worked hard to introduce an ethos of reduce, reuse and recycle into our community, and the team's efforts resulted in this award and in a positive change of mindset," he said.
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