Posted on May 09, 2014

Hundreds of school children from across Qatar pitted their creative, innovative and imaginative talents against each other when they competed for the much-coveted first-place in the various Challenges performed at the National Finals of the international education programme Destination ImagiNation (DI) recently.

The dynamic life-skills initiative, brought to Qatar by Alfaisal Without Borders (Alf) Foundation, nears the end of a first year pilot in Qatar and has been a resounding success, with pupils and teachers praising the significant personal and social benefits the programme has given to Qatar’s youth. To enter the National Finals, the teams chose from five different challenge themes — technical, scientific, fine arts, improvisational and service learning — researched their ideas and developed ideas to solve the challenges. They named their teams accordingly.

The winning teams per challenge theme, who will now be jetting off to the DI Global Finals in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA end of this month. ‘Alpha Ducks’ team, from Newton International Academy, Barwa City won the Technical Challenge. The Scientific Challenge prize went to the ‘Sci-Fi’ team from Newton International Academy, Barwa City. The Fine Arts Challenge saw the ‘DI Enlighteners’ team coming in first from Gulf English School. 

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The Improvisation Challenge was a triumph for the ‘7 Awesome Kids’ team from Newton International Academy, Barwa City. Finally the Service Learning Challenge Project Outreach was a victory for the ‘Fluffy Nephews’ team from Newton International Academy, Barwa City. Hosted by Gulf English School, the DI National Finals saw more than 230 primary and secondary pupils competing in 34 teams from seven Independent and international Doha schools for the title of Qatar National Destination ImagiNation Champion. 

The seven schools piloting the programme in Qatar were, Amna bint Wahab Independent Preparatory School for Girls, The Gulf English School, Newton International Academy, Barwa City, Newton International School, Lagoon, Noble International School, Omar bin Al Khattab Independent Primary School for Boys and Park House English School.

source: The Peninsula