Doha, 1st February 2014 - As part of its ongoing ECO-Schools programme, Doha Bank recently presented six schools in Qatar with awards to recognise their environment-friendly activities. The ECO-Schools Programme, which is organised and championed by Doha Bank, has almost completed its 3rd full year having been initiated in March 2011.
Held at Doha Bank Tower, the awards ceremony welcomed representatives of each winning school, including faculty and students, who were met by members of Doha Bank’s senior management team. The winners this year include Bhavan’s Public School, Pakistan Education Centre, Philippine School Doha, MES Indian School, Birla Public School, and Al Ahnaf Bin Qais Independent School.
Bhavan’s Public School won its award for a Waste Management project involving Composting. Pakistan Education Centre won the prize for an Upcycling project in the waste management awards category. Philippine School Doha won an award for Paper Recycling in the Waste Management category. MES Indian School also won an award for Waste Management. Birla Public School received its award for a project called Go Green. Al Ahnaf Bin Qais Independent School embarked on a Tree Planting project to pick up their award.
Doha Bank Group CEO, Dr. R. Seetharaman said on the occasion: “Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) contributes to sustainable development in the areas such as economic growth, social development and environmental consideration. Eco school is Doha bank’s initiative as part of CSR towards environmental consideration.Through the ECO-Schools programme, we are able to increase awareness of critical issues that impact our environment and encourage the youth of today to make positive changes that will change the way they live their lives in the future. Such grassroots awareness is a significant game changer and we are proud and honoured by the efforts of each student and educator that is dedicated to the programme. On behalf of Doha Bank, we congratulate everyone and encourage them to explore new projects and opportunities in 2014 that align with the Environmental pillar of Qatar Vision 2030, which is one of the most important aspects of the country’s direction for sustainable development.”
The ECO-Schools Process is very simple. Schools are asked to create a framework for student action and to make a commitment to the ECO-Schools Committee. Once approved, the schools implement the action plan; review and continue the process. The Committee later monitors the progress and awards ECO-Stars to successful schools and projects.
The ECO-Schools programme aims to encourage children to become environmental proponents and advocates at a young age and awards are distributed based on successfully completing active green projects that propagate the concept of eco-consciousness. The ECO-Schools Programme website www.ecoschools.com.qa works with educational institutions nationwide and entries for the current calendar of awards were received from schools all around Qatar.