DOHA: Sasol and Friends of the Environment Centre (FEC) launched yesterday the ‘Qatar e-Nature’ schools contest, based on the successful ‘Qatar e-Nature’ app, at Doha Independent Secondary School for Boys.
The nature educational contest is open to students and their schools, and runs until April 30.
Launched in December 2013, the app is the first of its kind smartphone application that highlights the rich diversity of Qatar’s environment, including elements such as plants, birds, and insects. Sasol and FEC developed the app, which features content in Arabic and English.
“We are excited to take ‘Qatar e-Nature’ to schools through this contest. Since its launch, the app has become the best resource to learn about Qatar’s nature in an interactive way. We encourage all schools and students to participate in this wonderful competition that promotes learning in an entertaining way. We laud Sasol for its commitment to raise awareness about Qatar’s diverse nature among the young generation,” Dr Saif Al Hajari, Chairman, FEC, told a press conference yesterday.
The app can be downloaded free on Apple App Store, Google Play store for Android, Windows Phone Store, and BlackBerry App World. A web version of the app (www.enature.qa) is available for desktop access. Participants can also engage with the app team on their Facebook page (Qatar e-Nature) for details.
“Sasol’s commitment to the environment is consistent with the responsibility we have towards the communities in which we operate. Conservation starts with appreciation. We believe the contest will contribute to a better understanding of the vibrant nature of Qatar, packaged in a fun and engaging way. We look forward to participation in the contest by schools across Qatar,” said Marjo Louw, President, Sasol Qatar.
The contest is open to all students from grades 1 to 13 and can be entered either online (contest.enature.qa) or through the app. Participants can find correct answers to questions on birds, insects and plants in the contest by browsing through the app content. Comprising an eight-question multiple-choice quiz, the contest asks about information contained in the application and related to nature in Qatar.
Students will have the option of sending a photo of a bird, plant or insect they have taken in Qatar with their mobile device. A ‘Qatar e-Nature’ team will reach out to schools spreading awareness about the app and the contest.
Correct submissions will be entered into a draw for a chance to win prizes, including a grand trip for two to discover the wildlife of South Africa; 16 iPads, one for the winning student from each grade, and three for the photo submission winners from all grades and awards for five schools with the highest percentage of participating students.
The awards ceremony will be held in May. The Peninsula