CAS Sur contest raises awareness on environment

Sur: “We all are responsible for our environment. Don’t litter your surroundings, drop trash in the recycle bins,” said Yeqeen Salem al Sarhani, a student of Al Jananeen School and winner of the second prize, at an elocution contest.
Al Sarhani was speaking at an inter-school competition on the theme of environment protection at College of Applied Sciences, Sur (CAS) on Wednesday.
An elated Tasneem Salim al Hasani, the first prize winner, felt it was an “opportunity for children like me to educate society about the importance of environment”.
The final round of the contest saw 22 participants from schools in Sur, Jaalan, Tiwi and Al Kamil wilayats in the South Sharqiyah Governorate.
Tasneem Salim al Hasani, a student from Jaalan Bani Bu Hassan, won the first prize, Yeqeen Salem al Sarhani from Al Janain Primary School second and Maktoum Khamis al Hashmi from Hassan Al Basri School third prize.
Held in Arabic language, the contest was part of an eco-friendly awareness campaign titled ‘Now or Never’.
The competition, with the theme, ‘My vision for the future of our environment’ had two levels. The first round was held at various schools and the final round at CAS Sur.
A three-member jury decided the winners. It consisted of Jawahr Saif al Ghafry, Coordinator at Environment Society of Oman (ESO); Sana al Haddabi, Head of Department of Mass Communication; and Sultan al Sarai, lecturer at Department of Mass Communication.
Sultan al Sarai said, “It was an excellent opportunity for students to improve their public-speaking skills. This will enhance students’ responsibility towards environment and society.”
The competition targeted students of South Al Sharqiyah Governorate from Grade 5 to 11.
Fatima Awad al Sarjani, a teacher at Al Janain Primary School, said, “It was indeed a new and exciting experience for students to showcase their skills in front of a large audience.”