The Ministry of Education and Higher Education and Ras Laffan Community Outreach Programme (RLIC-COP) have signed a sponsorship contract, whereby Ras Laffan Community Outreach Programme becomes the strategic partner of the 16th International Junior Science Olympiad 2019 hosted in the State of Qatar from 3 to 12 December under the theme: “Motivating Today's Young Generation for the Skills of Tomorrow”, with the participation of more than 70 countries.
The sponsorship agreement was signed by Mr. Ali Abdullah Al-Buainain, the acting Assistant Undersecretary for Shared Services Affairs and chairman of the Organizing Committee International Junior Science Olympiad, and Sheikha Dana Rashed Al Thani, the Senior Official of Ras Laffan Community Outreach Programme, in the presence of Mrs. Fawzia Abdul Aziz Al-Khater, the Assistant Undersecretary for Educational Affairs and vice-chairperson of the Higher Committee of the International Junior Science Olympiad 2019.
In a press statement, Mr. Al-Buainain expressed his appreciation to Ras Laffan Community Outreach Programme and praised its pioneering role and continuous support to the events organized by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education at local and international levels. The sponsorship of Ras Laffan Community Outreach Programme, according to Mr. Al-Buainain, reflects its recognition of social responsibility and keenness to the success of the IJSO 2019 as one of the main international scientific competitions organized in the State of Qatar to spread the spirit of excellence in the field of science, to celebrate talented students and motivate them to hone their talents and develop them in the field of natural sciences. “This requires combined efforts of both government and private sectors and to highlight the bright image of the State of Qatar at the organizational and academic levels for strengthening its regional and international status,” added Mr. Al-Buainain.
Sheikha Dana Rashed Al Thani stated: “We are glad to sponsor the International Junior Science Olympiad 2019, hosted by the State of Qatar through the Ministry of Education and Higher Education for the first time in the Arab world, as part of our sponsorship of educational programs for schools in the northern region. This represents a strategic direction for us." Sheikha Dana Al Thani added that "what distinguishes this global event is that it combines knowledge and fun. While students from over 70 countries from five continents will compete in this scientific competition, they will have the opportunity to discover the State of Qatar and learn about its potential and development in various fields through tourism and entertainment programs prepared by the IJSO organizing committee."
Sheikha Dana Rashed Al Thani confirmed at the end of her press statement that the Office of Ras Laffan Community Outreach Programme is committed to supporting the educational efforts throughout the academic year.
The Ras Laffan Community Outreach Programme was established in 2009 and focuses on ensuring a two-way engagement process with the community, allowing for collective innovation and decision-making.
The program offers support to sustainable initiatives for the benefit of the local community in Al-Khor and northern areas of Qatar. The Ras Laffan Community Outreach Programme is a joint initiative by six leading energy companies operating in Ras Laffan Industrial City: Qatar Petroleum, Qatargas, ORYX GTL, Al-Khaleej Gas, Pearl GTL and Dolphin Energy.
The purpose of the initiative is to manage the impact of both our existing and anticipated operations which may include air quality, health, and the presence of the workforce in the community. The vision of the program is to establish a strong and trustworthy partnership between the energy sector and society.
The State of Qatar is the first Arab country to win the honor of hosting the International Junior Science Olympiad. It came within the targeted projects in the 2017-2022 Strategy of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education as part and parcel for achieving Qatar National Vision 2030 and reflecting the status of the State of Qatar at the international level thanks to the wise leadership of His Highness the Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani. The hosting of the IJSO 2019 also comes in line with the achievements of the State of Qatar in previous editions of the Olympiad, as the State of Qatar won the bronze medal in the Netherlands in 2017, and another bronze in Botswana in 2018.