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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

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