Qatar Charity honors Asian School Fiesta 2019 winners
Qatar Charity (QC) has honored the winners in the ‘Asian School Fiesta 2019’ as well as its supporters and sponsors during the closing ceremony attended by a huge number of parents, children, and principals of various Asian schools in Qatar.
Supervised by the Friends Cultural Center (FCC), a Qatar Charity Center for Community Development for Asian communities, the Asian School Fiesta aims at developing cultural and artistic capabilities and skills of students, creating an interactive and competitive atmosphere for children, enhancing interaction among these communities, and acquainting participants with the indigenous Qatari culture and tradition.
During the ceremony, Qatar Charity distributed prizes to the students declared as winners in the different categories of the Asian School Fiesta 2019, and handed over mementos to the fiesta supporters including Lulu Group, Naseem Al Rabeeh Medical Centre, GITCO Group of Company, Radio Suno, and others, in addition to distributing mementos to various Asian schools of Qatar.
The ceremony included a variety of activities such as Qatari national anthem recited by a group of students from the Shantiniketan Indian School, speeches delivered by Mr. Jassim Mohammed Al-Emadi, Director of the Local Development Department of Qatar Charity and dignitaries attending the ceremony, and a video clip on various completions held within the Asian School Fiesta 2019.
The ceremony also witnessed the performance of “Oppana” by students from various Asian schools in Qatar. It is a popular form of social entertainment among the Mappila community of Kerala, South India, prevalent throughout Kerala, especially in Malappuram. Females perform it on special occasions like marriage.
Qatar Charity attaches significant attention to expatriate communities living in Qatar to contribute to strengthening the local social fabric, consolidating cooperation, enhancing cultural interaction among these communities, and acquainting them with indigenous Qatar heritages and traditions,” said Mr. Jassim Mohammed Al-Emadi, while speaking at the closing ceremony of the Asian School Fiesta2019.
Qatar Charity is keen on raising awareness, training, developing artistic capabilities and skills of Asian communities’ members by organizing various activities and events throughout the year, noted Al-Emadi.
Al-Emadi expressed his thanks and appreciation to those extending support to the Asian School Fiesta 2019, participating schools, and judges, for their tremendous contribution to the success of the fiesta, urging expatriate Asian communities to participate more actively in and benefit from the activities that Qatar holds for them throughout the year.
Values of Humanitarian Action
For his part, Shihabudeen Pulath, Senior Vice-Principal of the Shantiniketan Indian School, appreciated Qatar Charity for organizing various activities for children to showcase and improve their talents, emphasizing that such events organized by Qatar Charity give participants an opportunity to have a better understanding of different cultures and the values of humanitarian action.
In a press statement on the sidelines of the ceremony, Mohammad Shihab, marketing executive at Lulu, said, “We have supported this fiesta as part of our corporate social responsibility (CSR), with the aim of encouraging children to further enhance their skills and capabilities, boosting social solidarity among different Asian communities and giving back to the society in which we operates.”
The list of top winners of the Asian School Fiesta 2019 included many students, most notably, Smrithi Haridasan, a 9th grade student from the Birla Public School, who obtained the first position in the poem recitation, Monoact, and Kadhaprasangam in the Malayalam language.
Also among top winners were also Zaida Zara Rasik, a student from the DPS Modern Indian School, who was declared as first winner in joining dots and coloring in the category of Kids 1, and Sairish Fathima, a student of the Ideal Indian School, who occupied first rank in singing Malayalam action song in the category of Kids 1.
The students, along with their parents, expressed their delight at taking part in the fiesta and its competitions that contributed to developing the creative skills of the participants, exhibiting their capabilities and increasing their knowledge. They also extended thanks to Qatar Charity and Cultural Friends Center.
“It is very wonderful and joyful moment for me to receive prizes as a winner in the Asian School Fiesta 2019, which is an opportunity to exhibit my hidden talent, know about other cultures, and meet new friends,” said Smrithi Haridasan, a 9th grade student from the Birla Public School, who took part in the “Senior Category” of the fiesta.
The Asian School Fiesta 2019 has successfully concluded, with the participation of 4,500 students from 20 Asian schools in Qatar. Categorized into five groups ranging from kindergarten to grade 12, participants gave tough competition to each other. Besides, many Arab students studying at Asian schools of Qatar actively took part in the fiesta.
As part of the 2019 edition of the Asian School Fiesta, Qatar Charity held various type of competitions, including joining dots, singing, reciting poem, writing stories, news reading, performing plays, elocution, painting, drawing, clay modelling, keyboard, craft installation, and others. Students from Indian, Pakistani, Nepalese, Bangladeshi, Filipino, Indonesian, Malaysian, and Sri Lankan expatriate communities took part in the competitions.
It is worth mentioning that the Asian School Fiesta is one of the most significant events, with the largest number of participants, organized by Qatar Charity annually since 2009 for children belonging to Asian expatriate communities residing in the State of Qatar.