TO­GETHER, FOR A BET­TER TO­MOR­ROW

Qatar Today - - AFFAIRS -

Qatar To­day and its part­ners an­nounce the start of the third edi­tion of the Green Pro­gramme for Schools (GPS) which is aim­ing to outdo the re­sults of the last edi­tion, where more than the 25,000 of Qatar's youth learnt about en­vi­ron­men­tally sound prac­tices. Last June, with the con­clu­sion of the se­cond GPS at a clos­ing and awards cer­e­mony that was at­tended by more than 300 stu­dents and teach­ers, rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Supreme Coun­cil for Education (SEC) and our part­ners, there was a col­lec­tive agree­ment that GPS had to be made big­ger and bet­ter the next year. With the largest num­ber of par­tic­i­pat­ing schools in the pro­gramme's his­tory and with sev­eral new dy­namic part­ners, the ini­tia­tive is poised to ed­u­cate and cap­ti­vate a new batch of stu­dents with ef­fec­tive and rel­e­vant mes­sag­ing, en­gage­ment and field ac­tiv­i­ties

GPS goes be­yond the ar­che­typal green call-to-ac­tions and places the onus di­rectly on the stu­dents, help­ing them dis­cover the value of their con­tri­bu­tion and the im­pact they can make on the en­vi­ron­ment. Through posters and con­tex­tual stickers placed at rel­e­vant points, stu­dents are con­stantly re­minded of the obli­ga­tion they have to­wards the en­vi­ron­ment and how some­thing as sim­ple as turn­ing the lights off in empty class­room and not wast­ing wa­ter in the bath­room is more mean­ing­ful than it seems as first. In ad­di­tion to this, we help the school plan var­i­ous in­ter­nal ac­tiv­i­ties as well as field trips and brain­storm other fun and in­spir­ing ways to get the stu­dents to en­gage with the mes­sage. Once again, our Ac­ti­va­tion Part­ners, Mis­sion 20 will play a crit­i­cal role on the ground. The Qatari youth so­cial group will send GPS Co­or­di­na­tors to visit par­tic­i­pat­ing schools ev­ery month to in­spect the wa­ter and elec­tric­ity us­age and in­ter­acted with stu­dents to in­still val­ues of sus­tain­abil­ity. “This cam­paign per­fectly fits to­gether with our ob­jec­tives – Health & En­vi­ron­men­tal Aware­ness and Youth Em­pow­er­ment,” says Amanat Solanki, Founder and Chair­man of Mis­sion20. “The youth in the schools as well the GPS Co­or­di­na­tors (vol­un­teers) are go­ing to give

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