170 young men and women from the Qatar Foundation system participated in the FIFA Flag Bearers Program organized by the Chinese Wanda Group during the FIFA Arab Cup Qatar 2021™, within the framework of cooperation between Qatar Foundation and Wanda Group, the first official partner of the International Football Association “FIFA”.
The program witnessed the participation of 170 aspiring young people from the Qatar Foundation system in carrying the FIFA flag during 32 competitions in the tournament, which included youth from the age group 12-17 years from Qatar Foundation schools as well as those enrolled in community programs in the Foundation, based on their commitment to bring about positive change on the themselves, their communities and the world at large.
Among the young people who were chosen as one of the bearers of the FIFA flag, Abdullah Hilal Al-Mohannadi, a student at Qatar Academy – Al Khor, which is affiliated to the pre-university education at Qatar Foundation, said: “I have contributed to making a positive impact in my community by encouraging young people to realize their capabilities as leaders, And that they can play an active role, as I did through my participation in carrying the FIFA flag in the Arab Cup.”
He added, “We can all bring about change in our society if we come together, not only through our actions, but also with our feeling and thinking.”
They also include Rawda Al-Qasabi, a student at Qatar Academy Doha, which is also a pre-university school at Qatar Foundation, and a member of the ‘Active Activists’ group that focuses on sustainability in the school. Single use in Qatar, in order to make a positive change to the environment in the future, we need to start making change today.”
Among the other students who participated in the program was Omar Abdulaziz Al-Rashad, a member of the basketball team at Qatar Foundation. He said: “My coach describes me as a leader, that I possess communication skills, achieve the goals required of me, and I am confident that I can be an essential component of my community.” .
Zaid Rasoul, a 13-year-old who is enrolled in the swimming program at Qatar Foundation, is also among the ambitious youth chosen to participate in carrying the FIFA flag. “I make sure to collect used batteries from the apartment complex in which I live, and then deposit them in the Accredited collection in Doha, in order to contribute to reducing the negative effects on the environment.”
As for Ali Gharib, 16, a student at the Qatar Academy for Science and Technology of Pre-University Education at Qatar Foundation, who is also participating in the program, he says: “I participated in representing Qatar internationally in the First Global Challenge, which is a robotics competition that includes One team from each country will compete in solving real-life problems through robotics and STEM fields.”
Shiva Anwar, a member of the Qatar Foundation women’s basketball team, who is also a member of her school’s student council and the Model United Nations initiative, said: “I believe that I have the skills to work in a team, and that I am able to stick to what I do, and that reflects it.” My eagerness to participate in school clubs, and in the women’s basketball team at Qatar Foundation, and how I was able to establish initiatives and sports clubs with my friends.”
The Students of Change campaign at Qatar Foundation reflects the commitment of the Wanda Group and Qatar Foundation to drive positive change for the benefit of societies and the lives of individuals. For Qatar Foundation, this involves re-imagining what education can be like through pioneering and progressive educational methods, and allowing all individuals, researchers, innovators, and those wishing to fulfill their roles as global citizens, to realize their capabilities to create positive change, and to contribute to building a diverse and sophisticated system. Giving everyone a chance to make a difference.
Participants in the FIFA Flag Bearer Program and members of the Qatar Foundation community who contributed to the nomination of outstanding students provided an explanation of what their role as students of science means and positive change for them, and how they aspire to fulfill this role by promoting their own growth and developing their skills, and their quest to challenge negative perceptions and stereotypes.
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