The Ministry of Education and Higher Education and Qatargas Operating Company Limited “Qatargas” have signed a partnership agreement, whereby Qatargas becomes the becomes the Gold Sponsor 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 71 countries.
The sponsorship contract was signed by Mr. Hassan Abdullah Al-Mohamedi, the Director of the Public Relations and Communications Department of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education chairman of the Olympiad’s Public Relations Committee, and Mr. Ali Ibrahim Al-Sulaiti, Public Relations Manager at Qatargas.
In a press statement on the occasion, Mr. Hassan Al-Mohamedi hailed the partnership between the Ministry of Education and Higher Education and Qatargas, one of the largest industrial icons in Qatar and the world, that will surely give a strong impetus and contribute to the success of the International Junior Science Olympiad 2019 hosted in the State of Qatar for the first time. Mr. Al-Mohamedi added: "We hope that this partnership to remain and to broaden its scope so that Qatargas remain an active sponsor of more scientific and educational events organized by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education in the future."
For his part, Mr. Ali Ibrahim Al-Sulaiti stated: “We are delighted to support the Ministry of Education and Higher Education as it is one of the main portals through which we can actively participate in the development of young people and prepare them for the future. The strategy of Qatargas is to support the community with a special focus on education as the strategy is in line with the pillars of Qatar National Vision 2030.”
The International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO) is one of the largest international science competitions for school students from all over the world. The competition was held for the first time in 2004 in Indonesia. The age of students should not exceed 15 years at the time of the competition. The State of Qatar participated in the competition for the first time in 2016 with a team of observers (academic supervisors). The State of Qatar won the bronze medal in the Netherlands in 2017, and another bronze in Botswana for the third time in 2018.
The International Junior Science Olympiad aims to stimulate students' interest in natural sciences to pave their career journeys as scientists, as well as promoting future scientific cooperation, and forming friendships within the scientific community. Furthermore, one of the objective of the IJSO is to provide an opportunity to compare curricula and educational trends in science education of the participating countries.