The project has helped families in need meet their food requirements, in cooperation with Qatar Charity, and, as Al-Naimi says: “The agricultural environment contributed to an increase in the oxygen level in the air, and the recycling of plant residues helped us make compost. We want to create a new brand in the Qatari market for all kinds of fruit and vegetables.”
Other projects shortlisted for the Akhlaquna Award were Qatar Medical Students’ Association, which aims to bring together medical and healthcare students across the country to help shape the future of Qatar’s healthcare landscape; and Step One Kids, a YouTube channel that educates Arab children, in an entertaining way, about the right way to live, talk, eat, play, and nurture a range of other skills.
Meanwhile, the Akhlaquna Junior winners for the Grades 1-3 category were Mohammed Hilal Al Mohannadi of Qatar Academy Al Khor; Lolwa Ali Almahmood of Qatar Academy Al Wakra; and Ali Fahad AlSulaiti of Tariq Bin Ziad School.
In the Grades 4-6 category, Rawdha Nayef Al-Emadi of Al Arqam Academy for Girls, Abdualla Hilal Al Mohannadi of Qatar Academy Al Khor, and Shouq Hamad Al-Adbah of Khadija Bint Khuwailid Primary Independent School for Girls were named as the winners; while in the Grades 7-9 category, AlJohara Hassan Al Subaey was the recipient of an Akhlaquna Junior Award.
The ceremony was attended by HE Sheikha Hind bint Hamad Al Thani, Vice Chairperson and CEO of Qatar Foundation; and HE Salah bin Ghanem Al Ali, Minister of Culture and Sports.
The winners of the Akhlaquna Award were chosen following a public vote and assessment by a jury comprising Dr Jassim Sultan, director of Wijdan Cultural Center; Dr Emad El-Din Shahin, dean of the College of Islamic Studies at Hamad Bin Khalifa University, a QF member; Professor Mabrouk Zeid Elkheir, director of the National Center for Research in Islamic Sciences and Civilization in Algeria; and Dr Hissa Mohammad Sadiq, emeritus professor at Qatar University and former Dean of the College of Education.
Built around the core moral values of mercy, honesty, generosity and tolerance, and reinforcing the interconnectivity between knowledge and morality, the Akhlaquna Award was established by QF in 2017. It recognises members of Qatar’s community aged 15-24 years who display social awareness, compassion and thoughtfulness, and who consequently inspire others and improve others through their actions, ethics, mindsets and devotion to driving positive social change.
Akhlaquna Junior – which has now completed its second cycle – honours school students aged 7-14 years who uphold the morals and values that the Akhlaquna initiative seeks to cultivate, while showing young learners throughout Qatar how they can translate these into tangible actions both within their schools and in the wider community.