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International Junior Science Olympiad Kicks off Tuesday with Participation of 70 Countries

December 01,2019

(QNA) - The International Junior Science Olympiad 2019, which will be hosted by the State of Qatar in its 16th edition, will kick off on Tuesday and will last until December 11 at the Qatar National Convention Center with the participation of 70 countries.

His Excellency Undersecretary of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education Dr. Ibrahim bin Saleh Al-Nuaimi, in a press conference held today, expressed his happiness that the State of Qatar is hosting this event as the first Arab country, with the active participation of 70 countries from around the world.

His Excellency stressed that the success of the Olympiad will be the fruit of joining forces and concerted efforts of all participants, not specific to the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, Qatar University and Qatar Foundation, because it concerns the entire Qatari society, calling on everyone to embrace the Olympiad and work to make it a success.

His Excellency said that the Olympiad is an opportunity for the guests of Qatar to see its renaissance at all levels and its readiness for the 2022 World Cup, which is a testament to the quality and strength of our education system because our children will compete with students from 70 countries from around the world, which opens new horizons for them and enhances their friendships and relations with their peers internationally.
His Excellency added that the Olympiad is an opportunity to compare the scientific performance of our students in the field of science with their international peers, and this will enable us to know more about our strengths and weaknesses and how to advance our methods and methodologies in teaching science.

HE Dr. Al-Nuaimi said that the State of Qatar has benefited from the experiences of the countries that have hosted the Olympiad, especially Botswana, and added to them the Qatari experiences gained in organizing regional and international events.

For her part, Assistant Undersecretary for Educational Affairs and Deputy Chairman of the Supreme Committee for the Olympiad Ms. Fawzia Abdul Aziz Al-Khater, confirmed that Qatar's hosting of the International Junior Science Olympiad will benefit our children and boost their skills and experience and benefit educational leaders and teachers in the educational community, which contributes to the achievement of Qatar National Vision 2030.

The Acting Assistant Undersecretary for Higher Education Affairs and Chairman of the Scientific Committee for the International Junior Science Olympiad 2019 Dr. Khaled Al Ali, explained that the process of developing the exam questions went through several stages, including a team of members of the Scientific Committee with the Organizing Committee for the Science Olympiad 2019 to visit the State of Botswana to learn about the conditions and details of the competition.

He pointed out that the Qatari student team will participate in the Olympiad with four teams as the host country of the event, while the other countries will participate in one team only, where they were trained in advance on the mechanism of exams and how to perform via the electronic system through the experimental exams, in addition to intensive meetings with their parents and therefore, we look forward to good results, and to win the gold medal or to be in the ranks of advanced positions in the tournament, especially as this tournament will be held on the territory of the beloved State of Qatar.

Regarding the preparations for receiving the delegations, Al Ali said that all difficulties that the delegations might face during their stay in Qatar were overcome.

In response to a question of Qatar News Agency (QNA) on the readiness of the Qatari teams participating in the Olympiad the Assistant Undersecretary for Educational Affairs Ms. Fawzia Abdulaziz Al-Khater, said that 200 students were selected from Qatar after training and tests, 24 students representing 4 teams will be selected to participate in the International Olympiad. They were extensively trained in full swing daily and were exempted from mid-year tests, and the student's end-of-year results will be doubled especially, in line with their participation in the International Olympiad, and the ministry hopes to achieve amazing results in this event.