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First Issue of IJSO 2019 Newsletter

October 15,2019

The Organizing Committee of The 16th International Junior Science Olympiad 2019 (IJSO),under the slogan “Towards a Generation Enjoying the Skills of Tomorrow”, released the first issue of awareness-raising newsletter of the International Junior Science Olympiad 2019.

 

The newsletter features an overview of the Olympiad hosted by the State of Qatar, together with tournament statistics of since its first edition in 2004 until 2019 edition. The newsletter also includes a brief account of the visits paid by IJSO delegation, Qatar’s preparations to host the 16th International Junior Science Olympiad 2019, in addition to registration and volunteering process which is accessible through the following link:

http://ijso2019.edu.gov.qa

Qatar will hold The 16th International Junior Science Olympiad 2019 (IJSO) from 3-12 December 2019 in Doha. The competition is designed to bring together about 24 students from government, private and international schools aged 15 years or younger to promote interest in science among school students and expose them to competencies of problem-solving, critical thinking and scientific experimentation.

Additionally, the 16th International Junior Science Olympiad aims at creating a positive impact on promotion of science and mathematics at the school level, and providing students with a good opportunity to learn more about different cultures and interact effectively with other students from around the world. Thus, the Olympiad has the potential to promote global peace and understanding. The competition includes challenging theoretical and practical tests designed to address students' understanding of the concepts and their ability to apply such concepts to the situations as described in the tests.

The State of Qatar is privileged to host the 16th International Junior Science Olympiad 2019, as the first Arab country, to organize such a prestigious event, which comes within the target projects of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education Strategy the 2017- 2022 as part of Qatar National Vision 2030, despite the tough competition with many countries to organize such a high profile event. This demonstrates clearly the position Qatar earns at the international level thanks to the wise leadership of His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the Emir of the State of Qatar, and the achievements made by Qatar in previous tournaments. Qatar grabbed two bronze medals at the International Junior Science Olympiad that took place in 2017 in the Netherlands and Botswana in 2018 respectively. Such achievements serve as an important indication that Qatar has a world-class education system, especially when we come to know that the bronze medal winners are government school students.  It is worth mentioning that the State of Qatar, represented by its candidate Mrs. Fatima Al-Rashed, has earned the position of Vice President of IJSO for the Continent of Asia.  Mrs. Fatima Al-Rashed, the Head of Science Department at the Ministry of Education and Higher Education and National Coordinator of Biology, Chemistry and Physics at IJSO, has managed to grab 11 votes whilst her rival from Korea secured 6 votes during the Asian countries balloting to elect its representative on the sidelines of its 15th session that took place in Gaborone the capital of Botswana.

As part of the preparations for such an important competition, the Ministry of Education and Higher Education has organized a multitude of visits and meetings, including a visit by IJSO delegation to Qatar to get acquainted with the latest developments in preparation for the 16th International Junior Science Olympiad 2019. During the visit, H.E. Dr. Mohammed Abdul Wahed Al-Hammadi, Minister of Education and Higher Education and Mrs. Fawziya Al-Khater, Assistant Undersecretary for Educational Affairs and Heads of Scientific and Organizing Committees had a series of meetings with IJSO delegation to discuss extensively Qatar’s preparations of such a high profile event such as processes, procedures relating to administering Olympiad tests this year, responsibilities of different committees, the overall working mechanisms and how best students can be prepared for the next IJSO. 

During the visit, Professor P. K. Joshi ,President of IJSO, voiced his satisfaction with the preparations of the State of Qatar to host IJSO 2019. He also lauded the dedicated efforts of the Organizing Committee to bring together the greatest possible number of participating countries. Dr. P.K. Joshi also spoke highly of the documentary shown during the meeting to demonstrate Qatar’s preparations and readiness to host the Olympiad. The documentary featured the achievements made by Qatar in various walks of its economic, scientific and sports development. Dr. Joshi added that all such preparations emphasize Qatar’s readiness to host the Olympiad and show the interest of the Organizing Committee to ensure that other related organizing, administrative and security arrangements are in place for such a  prestigious international event.

The Ministry of Education and Higher Education has been keen to prepare students to take part in the 16th International Junior Science Olympiad 2019 due to be held in Doha. Therefore, the Ministry, represented by Department of Science, has developed a range of defined criteria for the selection of outstanding and talented students at the national level. Public, private and international schools were contacted to nominate students who meet the established criteria. A total of 455 best students were selected, 344 of whom were from public schools and 121 from private schools. The Educational Supervision Department at the Ministry of Education and Higher Education has managed to choose  highly competent teachers of science and coordinators to train and prepare students for the Olympiad. Three qualifier tests were held, and the fourth test will be administered shortly to select the top 24 participating students who can represent Qatar in the Olympiad.

As part of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education other preparations for the event, an orientation session, organized by Department of Science headed by Mrs. Fatima Al-Rashed, was held with parents of selected students. During the meeting, Olympiad details in terms of rules, regulations, schedule and other arrangements were made clear to the attendees. Registration for volunteering in the IJSO 2019 is open by completing the appropriate registration forms available on IJSO website. Significantly, Qatar will provide accommodation and transportation to participating delegations between Olympiad venues. Qatar will also facilitate issuance of entry visas. The Organizing Committee has closely worked with the embassies and cultural attachés of the State of Qatar to send out invitations for participation in the Olympiad. The Ministry of Education and Higher Education will have a partnership with the Ministry of Public Health to provide healthcare services to all participants. The Ministry of Education and Higher Education will also conduct various visits for the participating students.

It is noteworthy that 16th International Junior Science Olympiad 2019 targets the participation of 70 countries, and therefore 2019 Science Olympiad, due to held in Qatar, is the biggest event to bring together the largest number of participating countries, administering tests (MCQ), electronic scoring and voting, in addition to provision of all possible services & facilities to all participating countries to make this tournament an exceptional event that will surpass all expectations. Dr. Ibrahim bin Saleh Al-Nuaimi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, recently approved the slogan of the competition titled  “Towards a Generation Enjoying the Skills of Tomorrow".

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