Doha Bank & UNESCO launches the nationwide ECO-Schools LOGO Competition along with the launching of the ECO-Schools Programme & website on 02nd March 2011. The programme began its awareness campaign through a LOGO Competition whereby a number of entries received from various schools all around Qatar.
The ECO-Schools is an award programme that guides schools on sustainability initiatives which provides substantial opportunities to schools to explore various environmental concepts that can be implemented, improved, developed or retrofitted at their respective premises.
On 13th June, 2011; the Top 3 LOGO competition winning entries were awarded by the ECO-Schools Committee at Doha Bank HO Auditorium; based on its symbolism, simplicity and representation impact to the society. For each winning student; a Green Certificate plus 1 LG Netbook each were given as a token of appreciation for their valuable contribution; Audrey Ivanov from The Cambridge School, Joyston Morera from Doha-Modern Indian School and Francesca from Doha English Speaking School.
The ECO-Schools Committee aims to increase ECO-consciousness and awareness amongst children to become environmental advocates at a young age. The ECO-Schools Core Process is very simple; the school only requires creating a framework for student action and making a promise to the ECO-Schools Committee. Once approved, the schools to implement the Action Plan; review and repeat the process. Afterwards, the Committee will monitor the progress and award the ECO-Stars once proven successful.
ECO-Stars will be awarded to schools for projects executed at 4 basic categories; i.e. Environmental Health, Waste Management, Energy-saving and Water Management projects. For Teachers, the ECO-Schools Programme is a tool to push the school children’s eco-agenda and recognize their potential, training ground for students to become socially and environmentally-responsible citizens and task-oriented activity that will establish cooperation within the school
Dr. Benno Boer, UNESCO Arab Region – Ecological Sciences Advisor, says, “The LOGO Competition proves successful in our launching campaign to promote the green concept to children, parents, teachers and school officials to mould the new generation into becoming environmentally-proactive individuals motivated to save the world at their own little ways. This programme provides opportunity for school children to understand the value of nature and life.”
Mr. R. Seetharaman, Doha Bank Group CEO, states that, “The programme is designed to increase environmental awareness and encourage school children and institutions to take the first step towards a greener path in order to lessen their carbon footprint. The LOGO symbolizes Doha Bank and UNESCO’s ultimate goal to contribute positively in the reduction of Qatar’s carbon footprint and provide a long-term impact to the society. Joining the ECO-Schools programme is absolutely FREE-OF-CHARGE, thus encouraging more schools involvement and participation.”
In line with this initiative, Doha Bank has recently been awarded with the Golden Peacock Award for Corporate Social Responsibility 2011 and bags the same award last year. Doha Bank was voted as the Best Green Bank 2008, Best Environmental Leadership 2010 and Best Public Awareness Campaign 2010 / 2009 from Qatar Today; Best Commercial Bank 2010 from The Banker Middle East and won the Best Customer Care Award in April 2010. For additional details, customers may call the Hello Doha service on 4445 6000.