Project Greenhouse has launched Khayr Qatarna, an innovative new phase that is inspiring our schoolchildren to help Qatar become more self-sufficient in fruit and vegetable production.
Project Greenhouse is part of Sahtak Awalan – Your Health First, Weill Cornell Medicine – Qatar’s (WCM-Q) flagship health campaign, and since its launch it has provided 130 schools across Qatar with greenhouses, soil plant pots and fruit and vegetable seeds. This has allowed children to learn about the environment, sustainability, where their food comes from and most importantly the benefits of healthy eating.
Project Greenhouse is now taking the scheme to the next level and is installing large-scale, state-of-the-art, climate-controlled greenhouses at certain schools. These greenhouses will be used to grow fruit and vegetables under the technical and specialist supervision of the Ministry of Municipality and Environment. The Ministry will also monitor the distribution of the produce, which will be sold through local supermarkets under the brand name ‘Khayr Qatarna’. Students will continue to be involved with the greenhouses, learning more about food production and economics.
His Excellency Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Wahid Al-Hammadi, the Minister of Education and Higher Education, hailed the strong partnership with Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar for implementing the Your Health First campaign in the educational and social community. HE the minister further praised a series of highly successful initiatives by the college, notably Project Greenhouse which expanded its scope to engage schools to educate students about the values of self-sufficiency and autonomous food production.
The ministerial communiqué praised the role of the students who took part in the Your Health First campaign. HE the Minister stressed that school is the right place to develop students’ habits and behaviors during early years. Dr. Al-Hammadi called on all school administrations and stakeholders to engage with Project Greenhouse and to create a suitable school environment for the success of the initiative.
The launch was also attended by more than 1,500 children who have been directly involved with Project Greenhouse, along with senior representatives of Sahtak Awalan’s strategic partners; the Ministry of Public Health, Qatar Foundation, the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, the Ministry of Environment and Municipality, the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, Occidental Petroleum and ExxonMobil. Without the support of these partners Sahtak Awalan and Project Greenhouse would not be able to operate as successfully as they have.
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