BACK IN 2016 BIGGER AND BETTER
AS THIS YEAR’S EDITION OF GREEN PROGRAMME FOR SCHOOLS GETS UNDERWAY, WE TALK TO THE PREVIOUS WINNERS OF THE ECO SCHOOL OF THE YEAR AWARD TO TAP INTO THEIR SUCCESS AND INSPIRATION.
Green Programme for Schools (GPS), an initiative by has won accolades from environmentalists across the country, and is the largest and the most effective green initiative for students aimed at reaching, inspiring and rewarding students and schools. The programme is designed to provide a basic understanding of green concepts in schools to over 50,000 students from 40 different schools across the country.
For over a period of six months, awareness campaigns and competitions are conducted in schools around the state to spread the word on green living. The strong belief of the campaign is that green living starts at a young age inculcating values of saving energy and water and recycling waste materials. GPS places the responsibility of sustainability directly on students encouraging them to come up with ideas for a greener life.
Through posters and contextual stickers placed at relevant points, students are constantly reminded of their duties and obligations towards making the environment a safer place. A mix of government, independent and private schools are invited to participate in this campaign showcasing innovation and creativity at its best.
spoke to the recipient of the Eco School of the Year 2015 which was awarded to Ali Bin Abi Taleb School for its active involvement in the GPS activities and for working on projects that have made an impact on its surroundings.
Fahd Al Mouselmani, Director of Ali Bin Abi Taleb School, said “We participated in the GPS programme last year and due to the efforts of the students, along with help from the teachers, we excelled and won the award for the Eco School of the Year. We are looking forward to participate this year as well to be the best school and have remarkable success in the fields of education and green living.”
“The school has actively engaged in GPS for the last two years, winning awards for the best strategies outside and inside the school campus. We will participate and work better this year to provide our constant support to achieve our mission of green living,” said Ehab Tantawi, in charge of GPS Coordination at Al Bin Abi Taleb School.
This year the GPS team has been joined by a great collection of sponsors for all of whom sustainability is an important aspect of their business plans, making a programme like GPS a natural extention of their strategy. Along with Woqod, GPS is being supported by Tasweeq, Qatar Cool, Jungle Zone, ILoveQatar, Qatar Green Building Council and Well On. This year GPS aims to be bigger, and reach out to more schools and many more students