23.04.2018 - UNESCO Office in Doha

Science Competition on the Sustainable Development Goals organized for students in Qatar

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To raise awareness on the 2030 Agenda for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and encourage youth to develop solutions to local problems through STEM, UNESCO participated as a judge in a science competition organized by the French-Qatari School Voltaire in Doha on 17 April 2018.

90 students, aged 11 to 14 years old, from Lycee Voltaire and Middle East International Schools participated in this competition. During the activity, the students were given real-life problems related to the SDGs and asked to analyze and put forward a solution through science in less than three hours.

They prepared presentations and posters and presented their research work to the jury. The students were asked to develop innovative and scientific approaches to reach SDG2 "Zero Hunger", SDG 6 "Clean Water and Sanitation", SDG 7 "Affordable and Clean Energy", SDG 11 "Sustainable Cities and Communities" and SDG 13 "Climate Action”.

Innovative solutions towards achieving the SDGs were presented including electronic cars, recycling methods and solar energy. Besides global issues, problems regarding GCC countries and Yemen were specifically referred to and analyzed through online research and problem solving. 

At the end of the competition, Mr. Thomas Saène, Headmaster of Lycee Voltaire, spoke highly of the presentations given by the students and stressed the importance of collective efforts to achieve the SDGs. 

UNESCO GCC and Yemen Office participated in this event as a judge in the competition. As the UN agency responsible for monitoring progress on SDG 4 "Education", UNESCO recognizes education as an essential element for the success of all 17 SDGs. It is also part of the United Nations Task Team leading the global Technology Facilitation Mechanism, launched in order to support the SDGs by enhancing access to science, technology and innovation.

Throughout its 73 years of history, UNESCO has been devoted to working on building knowledge societies and empowering youth through science and communication to contribute positively to their communities. 

The event was organized by the Science Challenge Team of Lycee Voltaire: Ms. Djaouida Sahraoui, Ms. Chahinez Berkani and Ms. Farida Bouheddou. 

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