PIS students visit Mahaseel Festival
12 Jan 2017 - 12:49
Keeping the tradition alive, this year too, Pakistan International School (PIS) Qatar organised various educational and field trips for its students so that they learn best through real life experiences.
PIS’s administration believes that schools exist not only to provide economically useful skills in numeracy and literacy, but also to produce civilised young men and women who would appreciate the arts and culture. In this context, one of the trips was on the invitation to visit Mahaseel Festival held at Katara.
On January 5, about 150 students from all sections of intermediate classes (XI A, B, C and XII A, B, C) of Girls’ Wing were taken to the first edition of Mahaseel Festival opened on January 3 at Katara in collaboration with the Agricultural Affairs Department at the Ministry of Municipality and Environment and the participation of a number of Qatari farms and food outlets.
The aim of the visit was to explore organic farming, ie, to produce quality food without the use of chemical pesticides or artificial fertilisers. Using environmentally-friendly farming practices, they grow apples, peaches, pears, cherries, berries, vegetables, and a flock of pasture-raised laying hens how food is grown and how animals are raised is an ideal way for children to understand and connect with where their food comes from. By learning how a farm works, children experience the natural world in a new way and make a vital connection between the social, ecological, and economic importance of agriculture in their lives.
The students took keen interest in seeing all stalls offering Qatari agricultural products including vegetables, fresh fruits, honey, poultry, dairy, fresh juices and flowers. Apart from the hygiene and quality standards of the showcased local products, the festival also featured several events and student-based activities, such as basket decoration competition and cart decoration competition.
Students also tour the zone for local popular foods under the supervision of Qatari women and housewives who were sharing their expertise with visitors on how to make delicious local dishes using chicken, poultry, and available milk products at the festival. The students gain awareness on the various phases of planting trees starting with preparing the soil, planting seeds, irrigation, respiration, and methods of providing best care to plants and fruits”
Later on, the students also amused themselves by pleasing weather, stroll around the other parts of Katara, alongside the beach and relished tasty food items and snap shots the precious moments and treasurable memories. They were full of gratitude for school administration especially the Principal, Nargis Raza Otho, to provide them a learning opportunity through enjoyment. Shamsa Nazir, Rizwana Anjum, Nishat, Razia, Sameena, Irum, Uzma, Maria, Tahira, Fartash Syed, Nadeem and Zeb Alam were the subject teachers of the respective classes who accompanied the students and on this informative trip.