QBG runs a unique educational program aimed at giving scientific and practical skills to high school students, allowing them to lead self-sufficiency initiatives for the Qatari community. Students are made aware of the importance of food security in Qatar and motivated to participate in State-led efforts to meet the needs of society for sustainable agricultural products, thereby helping today’s youth to become tomorrow’s leaders.
The program motivates participants to study agricultural subjects, by providing in-depth knowledge about the various contemporary methods and approaches to arable farming in Qatar. On the one hand, students learn how farmers overcome environmental challenges in Qatar, and on the other hand, participants are encouraged to focus on this vital sector.
The program is in line with the implementation of the high directives on food security, which were cited by His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, Amir of the State of Qatar. His Highness directed the entire community spectrum – including businessmen, investors, and government sectors – to join together in order to diversify sources of income and increase the pace of food security projects, as well as to enlarge agricultural areas.
At student level:
- Providing students with applied knowledge contributes to raising their level of practical qualification in the field of food security.
- Motivating Qatari students to contribute to the endeavors of the State of Qatar to promote self-sufficiency and to familiarize them with the productive work environment in the agricultural sector.
- Simplifying technical information on agriculture in Qatar to inspire society to realize the value and importance of food security.
- Inspiring Qatari students’ career choices, and directing them towards scientific and practical paths by enhancing their understanding of advanced knowledge in the field of agriculture and food security, and enabling them to understand the role they can play after completing their studies.
At institutional Level:
- Contributing to the realization of Qatar’s vision towards advancing the State’s food security status.
- Equipping Qatari youth with advanced knowledge of food security programs and the role agriculture plays in this area.
- Contributing to creating a generation that believes in overcoming natural and environmental challenges facing agriculture, in light of water scarcity and climate factors.
- Shedding light on the challenges facing the food system, and the mechanisms for addressing those challenges, while providing recommendations for implementation.
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- Graduating more than 160 high school students from 26 schools with extensive information about food security and how to achieve self-sufficiency in agricultural products in the State of Qatar.
- Holding 40 educational workshops that include specialized lectures on specific topics relating to agriculture and food security, and the mechanisms required for Qatar to achieve success in these areas.
- Conducting two educational trips to leading Qatari farms in the field of distinguished agricultural production, accompanied by male and female students, to see practical examples of self-sufficiency achieved in Qatar.
- Implementing a mini-farm for the purpose of education in the Qatar Foundation nursery, so that students participating in the program are able to apply the technical information that they have acquired.
- Cultivating 12 productive farmland fields, with a production of more than 3,000 kilos of fresh vegetables.
- Showcasing student products at Qatar Foundation’s Torba Farmers Market.
- Training at 13 schools for establishing productive farms on school premises through unique and effective educational and technical mechanisms.
- Supplying and supporting schools participating in the program with well-sourced seedlings, high-quality seeds, and technical support for agricultural production.
- Demonstrating student production at the Torba Farmers Market at Qatar Foundation Celebration Square.
- Many market leaders interacted with students, and the discussions were widely praised.
- Interaction with consumers encouraged students and made them passionate about getting involved in agricultural work in Qatar.
- Broadcasting a wide range of educational seminars and workshops via Twitter to maximize benefit from the program.
School Competition on Food Security
- QBG organizes a competition among Qatar’s schools to recognize the most outstanding student as part of its educational program on food security. Participating schools compete to present the most impressive Qatari agricultural product produced by their students. This competition allows participants to utilize the simplified technical knowledge and information acquired during their participation in the QBG Food Security Program. The top three participating schools are selected based on competition criteria. Student creativity in planting management is taken into account, reflecting positively on the quality of the products submitted.
- This competition gives students the opportunity to learn about the challenges of agricultural production in Qatar, and to adopt ways to overcome them by taking advantage of the technical support provided by QBG. The competition stimulates students’ creativity, by creating models from farms in their schools to contribute to meeting the community’s need for fresh agricultural products. The competition helps to build participants’ skills, especially in the field of agricultural production, thereby supporting the State’s efforts to achieve self-sufficiency.
- Students’ creativity in properly managing plants through:
- Choosing the right place to grow them within the school.
- Creating an irrigation system commensurate with the conditions of cultivation and growth.
- Beautifying the place of cultivation, making it consistent with the aesthetic framework of the school.
- Clean fruit production free of chemicals and pesticides (if applicable).
- Making plants free from pests and diseases and growing them in a healthy and sustainable way.
- Participating schools must have an agricultural log that documents the agricultural operations carried out on plants.
- Production quality and quantity of each crop.
- The manner in which students present their agricultural product in one of the yards selling their distinctive agricultural product.
- QBG honors the winning schools during the celebration of Qatar Environment Day each year.