Posted on July 12, 2016

AlFaisal Without Borders takes pride in congratulating the participants of the Qatar teams at the DI Global Finals held on 25-29 May 2016 in Knoxville, Tennessee in the US. A total of 19 teams from 18 Independent Schools and 4 teams from three international schools participated making the Qatar contingent an impressive one.

The entire delegation of 150 members that travelled to the US included students, teachers and parents. This is in addition to the presence of teams from Saudi Arabia and Jordan, all of which are under the umbrella of AlFaisal Without Borders Foundation. Congratulations go to Moza Bint Mohamed Elementary School which impressed the judges with 12th place out of 52 teams in the Close Encounters challenge and Moza bint Mohammed Preparatory Independent School won 24th place out of 62 in the same challenge.

Shaikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of ALF was delighted to say “It is my privilege to congratulate all our Global Finalists for their outstanding performance. This is one step further in our pursuance of Qatar’s development ambitions as outlined in the National Vision 2030. It is a true reflection of our progressive educational system. The ALF Foundation is working tirelessly to develop ideas that nuture our young people and improve our country.” “The innovative ideas from our young, creative minds have done us proud. It shows that we have a resource pool of thinkers who have the potential to take our country to the next level,” he proudly added. 

In the same context, Mr. Abdullatif Ali AlYafei, general manager of AlFaisal Without Borders Foundation, said: "Sending our teams to the United States to participate in the world finals of the 'Set Your Destination' competition reflects our mission to support innovative education and stimulate the capacities of youths, consistent with the objectives of Qatar National Vision 2030 in terms of human capital development. The finals highlighted the great achievements that students can make through collaboration, innovation, scientific research, as well as problem-solving and critical thinking skills. They have developed unique skills that will help them achieve success during their lives. The program 'Set Your Destination' aims to instill the concept of lifelong learning among students and teach them mechanisms to adapt to global changes and become active decision makers in the future. We congratulate all participating students on their creativity, flexibility, and ideas. We also thank them for their tireless efforts and hard work."

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Mr. Ali Talal Mar’e, Executive Director of the ALF Foundation explained: ”To be selected to the Global Finals in Tennessee was a credit to our young finalists. The results have done Qatar proud considering the high standard of global competition. A record total of 1464 Teams from 20 countries competed for honours including teams from 16 US States. In this context we see our finalists as a national asset and torch bearers of Qatar’s creativity. The Finals also served as a learning experience for our young talent on the international stage.”

“It is our mission to empower young people and bring out their best creative skills and cultivate their enquiring minds so these results are a sign of bigger and better things to come. They responded remarkably well to the range of challenges which included Fine Arts, Scientific, Technical, Improvement, Structural and Project Outreach. It goes to prove that we have young, innovative minds in Qatar that are capable of pushing the borders of innovation.” Mr. Mar’e elaborated. Noura al-Jabri, a student from Hafsa Independent Preparatory School for Girls taking part in the finals, said: "I am very delighted to participate in the finals of 'Set Your Destination' competition. I take pride in representing my country in such an international platform. We were anxious at first but later gained confidence and impressed everyone."

Mervat Nasser, director of Pearls Qatar team, said: "Moza bint Mohammed Elementary School for Girls is keen to participate in events and competitions, inside and outside the country, consistent with the school's vision and mission. In this context, the Pearls Qatar team -- consisting of the best female students, Haya Hussein Srour, Fajr Ali al-Khalaf, and Wudyan Ali al-Khalaf -- participated in the international competition 'Set Your Destination 2016' in the United States. For the second year in a row, and thanks to God, the team was able to come in 12th place in the world, and first at the level of Qatar. The team has gone through stages of training and local competition, during which our outstanding students proved their ability to compete and excel in performance. The spectacular success of the team is only the fruit of concerted efforts and team work. On this occasion, I extend my sincere thanks and gratitude to His Excellency Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim Al-Thani for his personal support of the Pearls Qatar team. I would also like to thank the virtuous Shaikha Ibrahim Al Mansouri, the licensee, who made every effort to support and encourage the team, as well as the school principal Ms. Munira Abdel Nour and deputy academic head Alia Al Hudaifi.

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Haya Hussein Sorour, a member of the Pearls Qatar team, said: "I consider my participation in the international competition 'Set Your Destination 2016' a successful experience. Thanks to God, we were able to come in 12th place at the international level, and first at the level of the participating teams. I am very happy with this achievement, which put our beloved country Qatar in an advanced position at the international level despite the strong competition between teams from different countries of the world. Of course, this success could not have been achieved without the efforts of the Pearls Qatar team from the Moza bint Mohammed Preparatory Independent School for Girls, led by our wonderful trainer Mervat Nasser, with the support and encouragement of the school director, the virtuous Sheikha Ibrahim Al Mansouri. I thank the assistant team manager, my mother Mrs. Zainab Qadar, for her efforts and continuous encouragement to the team throughout the competition. I would also like to thank AlFaisal Without Borders Foundation for its support and attention to the team during this competition."

And one of the Team Managers added: “Words cannot express how exciting the whole experience has been. Suddenly we were faced with the atmosphere of a global stage but with credit to our students they came through remarkably well. I am really grateful that all our hard work was worth it in the end.” The four-day Qatar qualifying rounds competition held earlier this year was hosted by AlFaisal Without Borders (ALF) Foundation, in partnership with the Ministry of Education at the Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC). The event was also supported by Qatar Volunteers, Amlak and QNCC. It attracted a massive 2200 participants from 315 teams in Qatar with 13 teams from 7 other countries.