The team of the State of Qatar left the homeland early today morning to participate in the 30th International Biology Olympiad in Hungary from 14 to 21 July 2019 in the city of Szeged. The Qatari team includes 4 students from Qatar schools. They are: Maryam Abdul Aziz Al-Kuwari from Al Bayan Secondary School for Girls, Mohammad Nasser Al-Ansari from Noor Al Khaleej International School, Nasser Naseeb Al-Manhali from Hamad Bin Abdullah Secondary School for Boys, and Ali Ibrahim Al-Haddad from Al Maha Academy for Boys. The team was accompanied by educational guiding experts from the Ministry of Education and Higher Education and supervisors from the participating schools.
The Olympiad marks the second participation of the State of Qatar in the international competition that consists of two tests in Biology, one theoretical and the other practical. The international scientific competition is held annually in a different country for secondary school students under twenty years of age, with the objective to test their scientific skills in solving problems pertaining to Biology. The Olympiad represents also the opportunity for students to have first-hand contact with biological experiments at an advanced academic level.
Last April, the four students received extensive training on practical skills related to the international practical test in preparation for the Olympiad. The team resumed preparation for the big event after the final school tests from 24 June to 9 July 2019. The students tested their performance against the previous tests on various biology topics and were trained on computer programs in the virtual laboratories. The training had a positive impact in shaping the character of the students and enriching them academically on various branches of Biology.
Ms. Maryam Abdul Aziz Al-Kuwari, a student from Al Bayan Secondary School for Girls and a member of the Qatari team, said: "My participation in the International Biology Olympiad was thanks to the encouragement of my teacher and colleagues. We sat for a placement test to select the best students who will represent the State of Qatar in this competition. Thanks to Allah, I was qualified for this stage which is one of the most important stages in the competition.”
The student added that preparing for the competition has improved her practical skills and equipped her with determination to compete with a brave heart. She expressed her gratitude to the school administration and her teachers who motivated and assisted them to reach this stage.
It is worth noting that the training program for the 2019 International Olympiad included several stages. The first stage was at Qatar University where students were trained in laboratories under the supervision of the university professors for improving their scientific skills for the international Olympiad. The first stage lasted for 11 days (5 hours a day). The second phase consisted of practical tests (experiments) in various branches of Biology at Qatar Science and Technology Secondary School under the supervision of international trainers. The third and final stage started from 24 June to 9 July (4 hours a day) at Qatar Banking Studies and Business Administration Secondary School. The students were trained on the previous theoretical tests and were briefed on the different concepts in Biology. The students were also trained in programs and applications to boost their skills in Mathematics that are necessary in the international Olympiad.
The Ministry of Education and Higher Education wishes the Qatari team all the best in the competition and to succeed and achieve the aspirations of the Ministry in the International Biology Olympiad.