Posted on February 08, 2018

Doha College was the first school in Qatar to be awarded an Eco-Schools Green Flag from the Foundation for Environmental Education in 2016, following a rigorous inspection which looked into all its sustainable initiatives and projects. Continuing this commitment, and in line with Qatar’s prioritisation of environmental preservation, the EcoSchool Committee at Doha College ran an ‘Ocean Awareness Month’ in January 2018.

Ocean Awareness Month at 2 [qatarisbooming.com].jpg

The purpose was to promote awareness of the vast amount of waste-plastic which is dumped into the ocean, and the growing crisis surrounding this. Throughout the month of January, the Secondary school highlighted these issues by organising topical activities:

  • Eco-School assemblies
  • Plastics in the Ocean – Fact of the Day
  • Screening of “Blue Planet II”
  • Beach clean-up trip
  • Cooking with sustainable locally sourced fish in ‘Cooking Club’
  • Screening of Sky News’ ‘A Plastic Tide’
  • Kayaking at the Al Thakira Mangroves trip
  • ‘Plastics in the Ocean’ presentation at DC’s CCI Legacy Talks
  • Art department enrichment day, where Year 7 students created sea-life models from plastic waste
  • Plastic-free day in the tuck shop

Ocean Awareness Month at 3 [qatarisbooming.com].jpg

The Primary school had the privilege of hosting talks from guest marine biologists and ocean specialists Dr Jessica Bouwmeester, Dr Aspa Dr Chatziefthimiou, Dr Greta Aeby and Mr Jonathan Wright. They spoke to fascinated students about local sea habitats, and students were surprised to learn that Qatar has the second largest population of dugongs in the world. The environmental awareness mind-set fostered at Doha College fits in with Qatar’s commitment to its international responsibilities. Government initiatives being implemented in Doha, such as plans to address urban water tables, creating a biodiversity database, and the air quality monitoring programme, will hopefully turn the city into a laboratory for environmental innovation.

You can follow the school’s environmental work within the community on its dedicated Twitter account at @DCEcoSchool.

Categories: