‘Green champions’ of ‘My School, My Farm’ project honored
Over 115 ‘green student champions’ from 12 schools in Qatar were honored today at an award ceremony for their participation in ‘My School, My Farm’, a unique four month project whereby students set up a farm and were taught through practice how to undertake all the agricultural practices that are routinely followed. The project was launched by the Ministry of Environment’s subsidiary Qatar Green Center and supported by GE Volunteers.
The event was held under the patronage of His Excellency Dr. Sheikh Faleh Bin Nasser Al Thani, Assistant Undersecretary for Agriculture and Director, General Department for Agricultural Research & Development, Ministry of Environment, and awards were presented at a special ceremony to the students at the GE Advanced Research & Technology Center at Qatar Science & Technology Park.
Representatives of the Qatar Ministry of Environment, Qatar Green Center, GE and Al Attoria Research Station joined to congratulate the students and principals for their committed participation in making green their surroundings and upholding the importance of agriculture. The event was a strong testament to the various community initiatives led by GE Volunteers – employees of the company who take part in community services and initiatives to make a difference in the lives of people.
To support the project, GE Volunteers visited the Al Otouria Agriculture Research Station in coordination with Department of Agriculture for special training sessions, and shared the knowledge of agricultural best practices with the students. They also undertook training sessions led by specialized engineers at Qatar Green Center, especially in relation to taking care of the crops and their harvest. The volunteers visited the schools periodically to assist in the progress of the projects.
The ‘My School, My Farm’ project by Qatar Green Center at Ministry of Environment was truly a unique learning initiative for the students that will help bring a tangible difference to the community.
GE coordinates volunteer efforts company-wide by keeping a close eye on societal needs and inviting all employees to build stronger communities where the company serves in. GE’s employees volunteer over 1 million hours of community service every year. During Global Community Days, the staff members coordinate their efforts company-wide to address urgent projects around the world.