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MARCH EDITION 2021<br />

<strong>Marching</strong><br />

<strong>Forward</strong><br />

In this edition of the 6th grade<br />

research journal, you can follow our<br />

students as they take action to address<br />

the United Nations Sustainability Goals

Partnering for the Goals<br />

BY 6TH GRADE ........................................................... 5<br />

<strong>Marching</strong> <strong>Forward</strong><br />

...................................................... 6<br />




14<br />


AND MATHIAS .......................................................... 18<br />


CREATURES? BY SIMRA ........................................... 25


Hummingbird Heroes .............................................. 42<br />

In our next editions: ................................................. 43

Would you like to know more about why this team of<br />

hummingbirds looks so proud? Or maybe you would like to<br />

know why we are all holding plants? <br />

If you have been following our research in our previous<br />

journals then you know that our students have been<br />

inspired to protect pollinators and make ethical choices.<br />

Little did we know that we were about to make some new<br />

allies who would help us to do our part in achieving<br />

Qatar’s vision for 2030 and the United Nations sustainable<br />

development goals...

<strong>Marching</strong> <strong>Forward</strong><br />

By 6th grade <br />

The National Vision of Qatar outlines environmental<br />

development as one of pillars of sustainable growth for Qatar.<br />

In this issue, we will explore the importance of food security<br />

for Qatar as well as how our students are collaborating with<br />

local organisations to become a living part of this exciting<br />


<strong>Marching</strong> <strong>Forward</strong><br />

The mission statement for Swiss International School<br />

proudly declares that our students are “inspired”,<br />

“challenged” and “prepared”<br />

The hours of hard work and research that has gone into<br />

Service in Action this month proves that our MYP students<br />

are not only inspired to learn outside of the classroom but<br />

also prepared to do their part in leaving a legacy for future<br />

generations - even though they are still children themselves!<br />

“The pandemic is a portal”<br />

On the 22nd February, we were invited to present our<br />

research to schools from across Qatar and even a school in<br />

Dubai at The Portal Conference hosted by the American<br />

School of Doha.<br />

The idea of The Portal was inspired by a poem about<br />

Covid called “The Pandemic is a Portal” by Arundhati Roy.<br />

Roy reminds us that the virus provides a wake up call to<br />

examine our priorities. This beautiful quote summarises it<br />

beautifully:<br />

“We are collectively faced with a need for deep<br />

feeling, solidarity, and action”

At The Portal Convention, we were inspired by Carl<br />

Wilkens, author of “I’m Not Leaving”. Carl was the only<br />

American who stayed during the Rwandan genocide<br />

because he realised that, once the adults were murdered,<br />

there would be lots of vulnerable children and he couldn’t<br />

leave them to die.<br />

Our students listened in fascination as Carl reminded us<br />

that there is hope and light in even the darkest situations<br />

and we need to believe in our collective power to make a<br />

difference.<br />

But that was just the beginning!

5 groups of MYP<br />

students<br />

presented their<br />

service in action<br />

research and we<br />

got to listen to<br />

other students<br />

who were doing<br />

what Carl<br />

Wilkens had<br />

been describing: bringing hope and light to the dark<br />

situation caused by Covid.<br />

<br />

<br />

Not only can we reach out and partner with other young<br />

people in Doha so that we can share our skills and<br />

experience, but we have also been asked to share our

presentations with Eco-Schools Qatar so that they can<br />

publish our learning throughout Doha.<br />

All of this happened because our students were willing to<br />

put in extra time and energy to create their presentations.<br />

They were challenged to speak in front of total strangers<br />

and inspired to continue learning more once the<br />

conference was over.<br />

We are naturally incredibly proud of them.<br />

On behalf of all the GSL teams, we would like to thank the<br />

following people who made this event possible for us:<br />

Marcia Jones, Chi-Yan Shang and Mary May from The<br />

American School of Doha for<br />

organising the event.<br />

Lou Gillard and Lewis<br />

Macdonald for supervising<br />

and supporting students with<br />

their speeches.<br />

Ruba Benini for the much<br />

appreciated snacks.<br />

Look at the difference<br />

between healthy soil and<br />

barren sand.

Al Safwa Farms Joins The Hummingbirds<br />

Could you imagine trying to farm in Qatar? Now<br />

imagine trying to provide enough food for the nation<br />

with only 100 mms of water per annum.<br />

A number of our 6th graders were fascinated by this<br />

topic. Tareq researched how important food security was<br />

in the blockade, Mohammed Ali wrote about farms like<br />

Baladna but our students weren’t really aware of any farms<br />

that were proudly ethical and organic.<br />

Perhaps, this simply wasn’t possible here?

Despite the harsh<br />

farming conditions<br />

in Qatar, there are<br />

1300 farms who<br />

manage to survive<br />

on desalinated<br />

water and Al Safwa<br />

products come<br />

from a farm that<br />

has been operating<br />

since 1975.<br />

What makes the<br />

farm so interesting<br />

and fascinating is<br />

that their food<br />

production<br />

techniques are<br />

ethical and sustainable. Wahat Al Shafalahia was<br />

established in 1975 as the Al Fardan family farm and today<br />

they are actively inspired to provide the healthiest foods to<br />

the Qatari people in line with the 2030 Vision for Qatar.<br />

That means no pesticides, no dangerous chemicals and<br />

ethical treatment for all animals. Al Safwa products are<br />

100% organic. And in order to preserve precious resources,<br />

many Al Safwa products are produced using hydroponics<br />

which prevents up to 80% of water loss.<br />

You can imagine our delight when Al Safwa contacted<br />

us and invited us to share our research with them.

Not only, did they listen to<br />

our dreams for a<br />

biodiversity garden, they<br />

taught us how to mix the<br />

soil, peat moss and coco<br />

substrate ( a very important<br />

skill for carbon capture) and<br />

they donated the most<br />

amazing organic plants.<br />

Have a look at how<br />

their soil expertise<br />

have helped our<br />

students to make the<br />

desert bloom:

Thanks to the generous support of Mr<br />

Fardan Al Fardan, our students have<br />

realised their dream of having a<br />

sustainable biodiversity garden and<br />

they will also be learning<br />

hydroponics.<br />

In exchange, the students will<br />

continue sharing their research with<br />

their new partner and we hope that<br />

our friends in Al Safwa enjoy our<br />

research in this edition.

Fume Busters (Who you gonna call?) by<br />

Grace A, Grace M, Oliver M and Shreedhar.<br />

The Fume Busters are a group that have entered the<br />

Global Social Leaders to address the issue of carbon<br />

pollution in Qatar.<br />

In class, we learned how Qatari life expectancy has<br />

increased enormously since 1945 due to massive economic<br />

progress. Qatar now has amazing hospitals and airports but<br />

all this development has come at a price.<br />

The air pollution is alarming and due to get a lot worse<br />

due to all the construction for the World Cup. To make<br />

matters worse, the population is drastically increasing and<br />

this means that there is an increase in energy needs and<br />

more carbon emission.

Zoom has become really useful in the past year, although<br />

a recent study has shown that just 1 hour of high definition<br />

Zoom produces the equivalent CO2 of driving 26 km. To<br />

put this into perspective: from Qatar Mall to Festival City is<br />

25.9km. On top of this, high definition zoom calls produce<br />

2.8kg per hour over 250 days.From this data I have found<br />

out that a school of 500 children would produce 700 kg of<br />

carbon per year if they met for only an hour a day. If they<br />

were online for the entire day, they would produce 3500kg<br />

of carbon. To put into perspective, a BMW I3 weighs 1,195kg<br />

meaning for every year a small school is producing 2<br />

BMW’s.<br />

Meanwhile, a tree only consumes 10kg of carbon a year.<br />

We think that the answer lies in carbon capture<br />

gardening. Could the soil of our school capture the carbon<br />

that we are producing?

What is a carbon capture garden? Well a carbon capture<br />

garden is a garden with a bunch of plants that breath in the<br />

CO2 as well as being places for recreation and wildlife.The<br />

best thing about carbon gardens are that they absorb CO2<br />

and that is good because today we use a lot of factories for<br />

toys and other products we don’t necessarily need.The CO2<br />

gardens clean the air around us.<br />

We need CO2 gardens because CO2 is a greenhouse gas<br />

and greenhouse gasses are very bad for the environment<br />

and for our health.CO2 gardens won’t just solve the<br />

problem on their own - we will need a better plan but the<br />

CO2 gardens are a great way to help clean the air.<br />

We really need CO2 gardens because of all the things we<br />

do to the air and to the atmosphere.CO2 can pollute the air<br />

and CO2 is very poisonous so if there is a lot in the air then<br />

we could potentially damage our mental health and<br />

possibly our physical health. <br />

When Al Safwa donated soil, coco substrate and peat<br />

moss, we discovered that the soil itself could capture<br />

carbon and we are now actively pursuing composting<br />

and permaculture as a way to increase our carbon<br />

capture. A big thank you to Mrs Farhana Raquib for<br />

helping us with the composting.<br />

Another way that we can address our carbon<br />

consumption is by examining our tissue use. Due to Covid,<br />

we now use tissues to disinfect our learning areas. We<br />

cannot recycle these tissues.

If we were to estimate how many tissues one person uses<br />

for a lesson it will be 4-6 due to cleaning the tables before<br />

and after, if we estimate how many tissues one child is<br />

using in grade 6 they are using 40 tissues a day. Every week<br />

will be 280 tissues which if we estimated there were around<br />

54 pupils in our grade 2160 tissues are being used and that<br />

is just in grade 6 and 15,120 tissues a week but including the<br />

fact ⅕ of our grade are online everyday from Sunday to<br />

Thursday.<br />

You may ask how is this increasing our carbon footprint?<br />

It’s increasing our carbon footprint by cutting down more<br />

trees and these tissues we can’t reuse because of covid<br />

guidelines and being wet from disinfectant.<br />

We have a number of responsible students who have<br />

volunteers to bring cloths to school that they can wash<br />

daily and we are working on a plan with Mrs Olivier to do<br />

this safely and responsibly so this is another small way to<br />

minimize our carbon footprint.<br />

https://daily.jstor.org/five-steps-to-making-your-garden-acarbon-sink/<br />

#:~:text=Gardens%20can%20be%20very%20efficient,it%20i<br />

n%20soils%20and%20plants.&text=of%20Concerned%20Sc<br />

ientists.-,The%20key%20to%20locking%20up%20carbon%2<br />

0is%20soil%2%80%94and%20there,making%20that%20soi<br />

l%20store%20carbon. <br />


Wriggly Wonders by Mete, Brieuc, Ethan<br />

and Mathias<br />

Worms are another amazing way to reduce our carbon<br />

footprint as they can trap carbon in the soil. Part of the<br />

Fume Busters team has focused on how we can use<br />

vermiculture and composting to support the<br />

hummingbirds and capture our carbon.<br />

Worms are animals that are normally quite long, they are<br />

shaped in cylindrical tube form it as no limbs, no legs, no<br />

arms and no eyes. As you can see in the photo there worms<br />

have loads of organs (brain, heart, anus, etc…).<br />

They also have ventral nerve cords and they have really<br />

small hairs used for protection and for locomotion. They<br />

also have a very important part of the body and that is<br />

called a clitellum. The clitellum is a big layer of skin and

usually it has a light pigment. This is where the eggs are<br />

kept.<br />

How can worms be helpful?<br />

Worms can be helpful because when they eat they leave<br />

behind castings that are really good for fertilizing<br />

soil.Worms help the water in the soil flow nicely to the roots<br />

of plants and worms help the increase of air that gets into<br />

the soil.The worms bring down organic matter from the top<br />

into the soil and they mix it around with the soil below.<br />

Helpful worms <br />

Are worms harmful? <br />

<br />

Worms can look disgusting and harmful. You might think<br />

they are going to do something bad to you but worms are<br />

pretty calm and unharmful. They help the environment;<br />

for example by their activity in the soil, earthworms offer

many benefits: increased nutrient availability, better<br />

drainage, and a more stable soil structure, all of which help<br />

improve farm productivity.<br />

This is how Mete built our worm farm:<br />

First, I started by poking holes in the box I was using for my<br />

worm farm. I poked the holes so the extra water will drain<br />

out and can be used for other soil. <br />

Having the holes is important because if the worms get too<br />

much water they will suffocate. <br />

I shredded paper into little pieces to use in my worm farm.<br />

The newspapers were too colorful to use because of the<br />

chemicals that could harm the worms.<br />

Next, I put the paper at the very bottom of the box. I put a<br />

bit of water on the paper.

We put the box on top of a lid<br />

so the extra water would drain out and be collected. <br />

Then, I put a layer of soil over the paper. I put a bit of<br />

water on the soil.

Then, I used left over food and coffee grinds and added<br />

them to the soil. <br />

This will be good for the<br />

worms to eat and<br />

compost. <br />

I repeated these steps a<br />

couple times and then<br />

closed the box.<br />

I read to leave this for a<br />

week before adding the<br />

worms.<br />

<br />

When I have the worms I<br />

will cover the box to make<br />

it dark. <br />

Finally, I added the worms. can you see them?

Mete did a wonderful job of caring for our worms. He made<br />

sure the soil was moist (they breathe through their skin)<br />

and he kept their wormery dark. We had a few dead worms<br />

but most survived and we managed the flies with a<br />

newspaper lid. We had no mould or stenches.<br />

The worms will now go to live with the early years students<br />

who will take very good care of them.<br />

A big thank you to Dr Madge for reminding us that worms<br />

are an invasive species in Qatar. Although we found no<br />

research to indicate that they are harmful, we are not<br />

prepared to take the risk of releasing them into our garden.<br />

They will be very happy in their wormery.<br />

References<br />

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Worm<br />

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clitellum<br />

https://web.extension.illinois.edu/worms/live/<br />

#:~:text=Worms%20help%20to%20increase%20the,are%20<br />


https://www.bing.com/videos/search?<br />

view=detail&mid=F6E3EFAC64EEF4A1AE93F6E3EFAC64E<br />

EF4A1AE93&q=worm+farm+for+kids&shtp=GetUrl&shid=d<br />

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&form=VDSHOT&shth=OSH.hGANUb%252Fv5c4AkghCwvq<br />


Earthworms: What are these tiny wiggly<br />

creatures? By Simra<br />

But where did our worms come from? One creative young<br />

lady decided that she would go and find some red wrigglers<br />

for us. I knew that worms were not a Qatari species and<br />

cost over 500 QAR but Simra insisted that she had some in<br />

her garden.<br />

And she was right!<br />

Imagine that you are a gardener and your food only comes<br />

from there but then your plants are not healthy and all<br />

your fruits and vegetables are dying? The soil is no longer<br />

rich and moist? What would you do! You will starve to<br />

death! Well never fear because you can just use<br />

earthworms. Wait a minute, what? Earthworms? Are they<br />

worms that are as big as the earth?! Well you are going to<br />

find out when you read this article which is all about this<br />

topic.<br />

Why this topic? Why not bees or something else?<br />

This is a very important topic and it can literally change<br />

your garden! I chose this topic because earthworms are<br />

really interesting creatures like they have 5 hearts and they<br />

create something called humus but don’t eat it that is<br />


This is your<br />

garden before<br />

and after you<br />

add worms<br />

My research.<br />

Hmm let’s see what I found out about these wiggly<br />

creatures from my google search, survey, interview and my<br />


My first research source was google search, so I researched<br />

3 questions the first one was: Why are earthworms good for<br />

our soil and plant growth? According to my research they<br />

help you form the structure of the soil and also increase the<br />

nutrients of your soil, I even learned that red wigglers are<br />

the best earthworms for our soil, so now you know what's<br />

best for your garden! <br />

The second question for my research was: What do<br />

earthworms have or do which makes our plants grow<br />

better? According to my research they create humus! No,<br />

not the one you eat, the one which helps our plants and<br />

makes them stronger also which makes our soil dark, rich<br />

and full of nutrients.<br />

My last research question was: what typeof soil do<br />

earthworms like? Turns out they like loose and moist soil, I<br />

mean I’m not surprised like who likes dry soil? No one, not<br />

even plants! The reason why they like loamy soil is since<br />

they breathe through their skin they need easy flowing soil<br />

so they don’t suffocate.<br />

So my survey was sent to the the whole G6 and the whole<br />

G7G, obviously we can forget Mrs. Olivier<br />

I got 24 responses so the main questions I asked was: what<br />

do they know about Earthworms, do they know what<br />

earthworms are, do they think we need earthworms for our<br />

school garden, have they ever seen an earthworm and if<br />

they have any earthworms would you care to donate.

The answers were as expected, like most people said they<br />

knew earthworms, then half of the people said we need<br />

earthworms for our garden, few said maybe. Then I asked<br />

what do they know about earthworms, like “they help to<br />

grow plants” and “they live in soil” related. After I asked<br />

have they ever seen an earthworms most of them said yes<br />

and some said no. <br />

Then I showed them a picture of an earthworm and asked if<br />

they recognized this type of worm before most of them<br />

said yes, a few of them said maybe. Finally I asked them if<br />

they have any earthworms to donate and the majority said<br />

“I don’t have any”. Now moving to my interview <br />

Interview:<br />

In my interview I interviewed Mrs Olivier. I asked her 7<br />

questions and they were:<br />

Why do we use earthworms in our soil?<br />

What benefits do earthworms have?<br />

Do we really need earthworms for good plant growth?<br />

What soils do earthworms like?<br />

Can we put earthworms in potted plants?<br />

What would you say is the lifespan of an earthworm?<br />

How do we keep earthworms alive?<br />

My answers:<br />

1&2) Earthworms create tunnels which allow air and water<br />

to easily reach the roots of plants. They digest plants into a<br />

nutrient called humus. Worms can prevent global warming!

3) It depends. Some farmers<br />

that use pesticide will also<br />

use chemical fertiliser and<br />

buy worm poop but it is not<br />

as good as having the actual<br />

worms.<br />

4) Earthworms breathe through their skin so they need<br />

soils that are moist. They<br />

like soil that is full of leaves<br />

that they can eat. They<br />

have NO teeth.<br />

5) Many people put worms<br />

in potted plants but make<br />

sure that your pot is big<br />

enough to be a good home<br />

for your wriggly friends.

Earthworms can live up to 7 years<br />

7) We need to know about what they like and don't like. We<br />

will need moisture in the soil. Heat is also important. If you<br />

keep the worms inside. Never put them close to the aircon;<br />

the soil will become dry. Do not overfeed them. You need<br />

to make the quantity small (remember the worms have no<br />


My first Observation <br />

The observation started on a Saturday night when I was<br />

sitting on the sofa in my garden when all of a suddenI<br />

thought, how are my plants so healthy and strong? I<br />

decided to dig for fun. While I was digging slowly I saw<br />

something familiar more like an Earthworm! That was<br />

when it all made sense, no wonder why my plants are so<br />

healthy!<br />

<br />

My second observation <br />

The time when I found 2 or 3 earthworms I put in a potted<br />

plant with dry soil and see how long they could survive. I<br />

gave them some water because I am not cruel! After 4 days<br />

my results came and it turns out they did not survive and<br />

unfortunately died. I learned how important and hard it is<br />

to keep earthworms alive.<br />

Area of observation

My viewpoint <br />

In my Opinion I think earthworms are cute and most<br />

importantly they are 100% needed in your garden, trust me<br />

you wont regret it when you see that pesticides and all<br />

those other chemicals are useless and a harm, just wait for<br />

your plants to bloom with energy and health with<br />

earthworms.<br />

Coming to our conclusion <br />

Coming to our conclusion which is really sad for me,<br />

anyways what have you learned about these tiny creatures,<br />

yes they might be disgusting but those disgusting creatures<br />

will save your garden from dying! I hope you enjoyed my<br />

journey of researching earthworms and what they are. Now<br />

your job is to quit pesticides, chemicals and start using<br />

earthworms! <br />

A big thank you to Simra for donating her worms to our<br />

garden!<br />

Citations<br />

Website links: https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au. <br />


https://www.education.com/science-fair/article/<br />

earthworms-plant-growth/<br />

#:~:text=The%20little%20bugs%20help%20the,and%20wat<br />

er%20to%20the%20roots.<br />

https://homeguides.sfgate.com/types-soil-earthwormsprefer-51783.html<br />

https://acegif.com/gifs-im-hungry/<br />

https://www.jamiesgardenshop.co.za/shop/<br />

vermicompostcastings-earthworm-compostcastings-25l/<br />

https://www.istockphoto.com/photos/red-wigglers<br />

https://www.thespruce.com/what-is-loam-1401908<br />

summer_earthworms-a-gardeners-best-friend<br />

Pictures: https://steemit.com/garden/@zhannalge1965/howto-tell-if-you-have-healthy-garden-soi<br />

https://www.kcchronicle.com/2019/08/21/learning-to-growin-st-charles-tips-on-healthy-soil-for-healthy-plants/ajuskx1/<br />

http://www.tractorsupply.com/out-here_issues_2007-<br />

https://www.amazon.com/Unco-Industries-WWSB15LB-<br />

Earthworm-Fertilizer/dp/B00062KQ42<br />

https://www.niehs.nih.gov/health/topics/agents/pesticides/<br />


https://www.quora.com/Is-it-ok-to-put-earthworms-inpotted-plants<br />

<br />

https://blog.nature.org/science/2019/04/15/the-real-reasonyou-see-earthworms-after-rain/<br />

http://earthwormresources.weebly.com/reproduction-anddevelopment.html<br />

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/299770918936294096/<br />

Interview: On 7 December I send my Interview questions<br />

on an email to Mrs Olivier at 7:58 AM<br />

Observations: On 5 December, saturday night I was in my<br />

garden digging in my plants to observe why the plants are<br />

so healthy? Then see how do they survive in that deep<br />

area? <br />

Survey: https://docs.google.com/forms/u/1/d/

Food Sustainability in Qatar by Tareq<br />

When Tareq chose this topic, he had no idea that we would<br />

be partnering with one of the pioneers of the organic<br />

farming industry and I know that he will enjoy learning<br />

more about Al Safwa and their role in making Qatar a food<br />

secure nation.<br />

After the trade war that has been going on between Saudi<br />

Arabia and Qatar, Qatar decided to start producing its own<br />

resources therefore, Qatar started focusing on planting<br />

more fruits and vegetables. <br />

Before we start...<br />

Are you curious about the blockade?.. Why did the<br />

Blockade start?...look below...<br />

Why did the blockade start?<br />

According to Wikipedia: The Saudi-”led” alliance referred<br />

to Qatar's supposed help for illegal intimidation as the<br />

fundamental purpose behind their activities, demanding<br />

that Qatar had abused a 2014 concurrence with the<br />

individuals from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), of<br />

which Qatar is a part.

It was believed that Qatar would have to surrender because<br />

they would run out of food but this did not happen.<br />

So, is it possible for Qatar to arrive at food independence<br />

in natural produce by 2022?<br />

Yes Indeed, in light of the fact that right now, Qatar's<br />

natural cultivating furnishes the neighborhood market with<br />

roughly 80% of its produce in certain seasons, yet with the<br />

progression of time, this rate will be fixed for all seasons,<br />

and will eventually lead to 100% independence.<br />

But Tareq was really interested in organic produce:<br />

How much does organic vegetables and fruits in Qatar cost?<br />

Woohoo I need some food, what are the prices?… let’s find<br />

out:<br />

A blended box (roughly 7-8 kilograms) costs around QR 250<br />

and you can likewise purchase vegetables per kilo at an<br />

expense of QR 40 for each kilo.<br />

What does Qatar need, to grow organic fruits and<br />

vegetables?<br />

“As long as you are providing the right <br />

“temperature, right humidity, right amount of light (sun<br />

radiation), right fertiliser and right amount of water, you<br />

can grow anything” as joey Aguilar has said.

Which stores sell organic fruits and vegetables in Qatar? I<br />

am starving...where do I go?...<br />

French retail chain Monoprix has a wide scope of natural,<br />

gluten items and perhaps the greatest choice of new<br />

produce on the planet! Doha Festival City's Monoprix is the<br />

biggest on the planet and has a broad scope of privately<br />

created brands including the largest scope of natural, new<br />

things from nearby ranchers. <br />

on November 26, I sent a survey to 22 grade 6 students and<br />

teachers the following questions:<br />

Do your family buy organic fruits or vegetables?<br />

Which fruit/vegetable is your favorite?<br />

What do you know about organic fruits and vegetables?<br />

Do you like organic fruits and vegetables that are in<br />

Qatar? Why?<br />

Do you think that organic fruits and vegetables are<br />

better than non organic ones?<br />

If yes, why do you think that?<br />

Are you curious to find out the following answers. The<br />

answers are:

On November 25 I Observed the video “Qatari farmers<br />

trying to find new ways to increase production”<br />

and will answer the following questions based on the<br />

video :<br />

What is Global Farms<br />

It is one of just 1,500 farms in Qatar and they run a<br />

hydroponic farm, the water which feeds the plants has to<br />

be drinkable to make great organic fruits and vegetables.

It is turning the Saudi Blockade disaster into an<br />

opportunity.<br />

It sells over 45 types of organic fruits and vegetables but<br />

growing food in Qatar is not easy with soil, as the<br />

temperature most of the times in summer’s exceeds<br />

40degrees celsius. <br />

The vegetables in Qatar<br />

have become a symbol of<br />

National patriotism and<br />

now you can see how our<br />

6th graders have joined<br />

the global efforts to<br />

provide food security<br />

thanks to Al Safwa<br />

products.<br />

Although we come from<br />

different countries, we<br />

are now firmly rooted in<br />

the soils of Qatar and we<br />

hope to grow alongside<br />


Citations<br />

Survey link: https://forms.gle/WS2q53LpdpkDWiah6 <br />

Google search links: <br />

https://www.iloveqatar.net/guide/living/organic-vegetablefarms-and-markets-inqatar#:~:text=A%20mixed%20box%20(app<br />

approximately%207,a%20free%20home%20delivery%20ser<br />

vice.<br />

https://www.iloveqatar.net/guide/living/organic-vegetablefarms-and-markets-inqatar#:~:text=A%20mixed%20box%20(approximately%207,<br />

a%20free%20home%20delivery%20service.<br />

https://www.iloveqatar.net/news/general/qatars-organicfarming-continues-to-grow-with-made-in-qatarvegetables#:~:text=Qatar%20to%20reach%20self%2Dsuffici<br />

ency%20in%20organic%20produce%20by%202022&text=C<br />

urrently%2C%20Qatar's%20<br />

Observation video link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?<br />

v=NeeHHFWZKE<br />

Picture links:https://delhispeaking.in/organic-fruits-andvegetables-in-delhi<br />

<br />

https://www.indiamart.com/proddetail/organic-fruits-andvegetables-21113814462.html<br />

<br />


Hummingbird Heroes<br />

Anyone who has ever been to our lobby would have seen<br />

the magnificent horticultural skills of our support staff. In<br />

countries like Nepal and the Philippines, food security is a<br />

matter of daily life. As such, this wonderful team has<br />

developed green fingers and they have offered to support<br />

our young farmers.<br />

In exchange for some of the plants, they will help our<br />

students watering over the weekend and during holidays

and this will help our students to understand best watering<br />

practices.<br />

In our next editions:<br />

Keep reading to find out about how our students are<br />

collaborating with PYP to create a month of awareness<br />

for biodiversity.<br />

And what about our older MYP students? Find out how<br />

the 7 and 8s have been collaborating with the MOPH to<br />

address mental health issues for themselves and<br />

younger learners.<br />

If you have enjoyed any of these<br />

stories and would like to be more<br />

involved, please contact Mrs Olivier.<br />

colivier@sisq.qa <br />

Together we can keep the fires of<br />

learning alive.

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