3 schools win Tarsheed awards for saving energy

 14 Mar 2017 - 0:40

3 schools win Tarsheed awards for saving energy
H E Dr Mohammed bin Saleh Al Sada, Minister of Energy & Industry, Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary-General of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) and Eng Essa bin Hilal Al Kuwari, Kahramaa President, with the T22 Award winners at QNCC yesterday. Pic: Abdul Basit/ The Peninsula

By Sanaullah Ataullah / The Peninsula

The 22 primary Independent schools covered by the Tarsheed22 (T22) campaign have reduced their annual consumption of electricity by 1.100 million unit and water by 4,350 cubic meter, saving QR 400,000 annually.

The campaign of second phase launched in the beginning of 2016-2017 school year helped decrease carbon emissions by nearly 700 tonnes per year, thanks to energy-saving technologies and energy-efficient light bulbs, dimmer switches and aerated faucets.

Details were given at a ceremony held at the Qatar National Convention Center (QNCC) yesterday to award the most energy efficient school under Tarsheed22 (T22) campaign launched by Kahrmaa and the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy.

Three school received awards for being the most energy efficient school participating in T22. They are Othman bin Affan Model Independent School for Boys, Abu Hanifa Model Independent School for Boys, and Abi Ayub Al Ansari Model Indpendent School for Boys.

Designed to educate Qatari youth about energy conservation through a love of football, the program has achieved annual carbon emissions reductions surpassing 688 tonnes annually and brought Qatar one step closer to achieving a carbon neutral World Cup.

The event was attended by H E Dr Mohammed bin Saleh Al Sada, Minister of Energy and Industry;  Fawzia Al Khater, Assistant Undersecretary for Educational Affairs of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education; Eng  Essa bin Hilal Al Kuwari, Kharamaa President; Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary-General of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy as well as other dignitaries and media representatives.

T22 supports 22 primary schools annually in communities experiencing 2022 FIFA World Cup stadium construction. The program targets primary school students, their parents and families, and school employees using sports activities, sustainability and energy conservation training, and energy monitoring in participating schools.

With the support of the Supreme Education Council, Tarsheed and the SC will expand the project to include all Qatari primary, intermediate and secondary schools by 2022.

"T22 taps into the excitement surrounding the 2022 FIFA World Cup and uses football to present the material in a fun and engaging way. The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy shares our commitment to sustainable development, making it a perfect partner for this project. Together, we hope to change how a generation of students thinks and acts when it comes to energy and water use. If the second phase of Tarsheed 22 is any indication, the future of Qatar and its children looks bright,” said Essa bin Hilal Al Kuwari, Kahramaa President, addressing the ceremony.

Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary General of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) said: “Based on the Qatar National Vision 2030, the SC places environmental sustainability as one of its core values. We work with our partners to deliver a sustainable 2022 FIFA World Cup™ and drive positive change towards a sustainable economy to ensure Qatar’s development.”

T22 also recognized the continued commitment to the winners of the 2015 T22 competition – by offering solar-powered lighting systems to set an example for conservation, reflecting Qatar’s National Vision 2030 for a more sustainable future and environmentally friendly society. Three teachers won the awards for best school teachers transferred the knowledge of T22 to students: Dana Al Fadalah (Abu Hanifa Model Independent School for Boys), Farah Al Ani (Abdullah bin Turki Model Independent School for Boys), Rabia Ali (Al Muthanna bin Haritha Model Independent School for Boys).

Three individuals won the awards for best school coordinators: Maryam Al Hammadi (Othman bin Affan Model Independent School for Boys), Alyaa Al Marykhi (Alukair Primary Independent School for Girls), Fadwa Mahjoub (Al Huda Primary Independent School for Girls).

Three students won the award for best students who participated in the activities: Ola Abdulrahman Mekdad (Alukair Primary Independent School for Girls), Mohammed Abdullah Al Kuwari with a group of students (Abu Hanifa Model Independent School for Boys), and Ali Salem Al Marri (Othman bin Affan Model Independent School for Boys) .