Approximately 3,600 students participated in the second consecutive Qatar Helium educational initiative, which concluded yesterday with a ceremony at RasGas Company Limited (RasGas) headquarters to honour students from 14 out of 36 high schools for their exceptional research projects on the topic of helium.
The initiative, jointly organised by RasGas and the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, is part of the ‘Energising Education’ initiative, a RasGas Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme that innovatively links energy industry expertise with the teaching of science.
“For the second year, we are proud to see such vibrant student participation in the successful ‘Energising Education’ Qatar Helium initiative,” said Mr. Hamad Mubarak Al Muhannadi, Chief Executive Officer, RasGas. “At RasGas, we believe that one of the most significant contributions we can make to the sustainability of our country is to encourage the younger generation to develop an interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), the subjects that drive innovation. We hope that such initiatives will inspire students’ interest in the field of science.”
Students from 36 high schools worked in teams to create projects that demonstrated their understanding of helium and its various industrial uses through scientific research, or media and social awareness projects.
A 40 per cent increase in schools’ participation from last year highlights the success of RasGas’ already-significant relationship with the education sector, and its ongoing commitment to Qatar’s community through a proactive CSR programme.
The initiative was first introduced to the local high schools’ science curriculum in 2015, and to date, nearly 6,000 students have participated in the programme, using educational resources created by RasGas, including a book on helium and eight short films on its uses. Additionally, the company’s engineers delivered a workshop to teachers, sharing their expertise and insight on the subject.
“The Qatar Helium initiative is one of our collaborative goals towards raising awareness among our students on the importance of Qatar’s natural resources and how to preserve them,” commented Ms. Fawzia Abdulaziz Al-Khater, Director of Education Institute at the Ministry of Education and Higher Education. “We are pleased with our continued collaboration, which emphasises RasGas’ significant role in the energy industry.”
Qatar is one of the world’s largest exporters and producers of helium. Qatar hosts the largest helium refining facility in the world (Helium 2).