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02 January 2019

The Environment Committee of the Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (GPIC) has announced the launch of the 15th GPIC Environment Programme for Environmental Research for the academic year 2018/2019.

This announcement was made during the closing of the programme of the induction meeting held at the Company's club. A large number of students and supervisors who represented 20 secondary schools from Bahrain's Private and Public schools, have been selected to participate in this year's competition.

The members of the Committee explained to the students and supervisors the requirements of the research work and how to prepare. At the end of the meeting, the participants' questions about the programme were answered.

GPIC President Dr. Abdulrahman Jawahery said they were very pleased with the success of this programme year after year without any hindrance. He added this was the first programme of its kind that provides support and sponsorship for scientific research in the field of the environment.

He said the Company Management has been careful to monitor a specific budget each year to provide the necessary funding for scientific research.

He praised the transparency of the jury in selecting the winning research for the first three centers. Each session consists of a special secretariat for arbitration, consisting of a group of environmental experts from the Ministry of Education and specialized environmental consultancy offices.

Since the beginning of the programme, it has contributed to creating awareness among students and has enhanced their knowledge of the importance of the environment.

This has reflected in the quality of research topics and ideas being presented as well as the level of practical aspects being implemented. The programme has funded 302 researches so far out of the 1100 research topics that have been introduced since the start.

The programme was launched in the academic year 2004/2005 in cooperation with the Department of Student Services at the Ministry of Education.

It has since then continued uninterrupted. Trained engineers visit the public and private schools from various levels and offer environmental lectures in both Arabic and English. These lectures focus on the most important environmental issues that are being discussed at the global level, including the phenomenon of global warming, depletion of the ozone layer and acid rain.

The lectures also address the role of institutions and individuals in supporting and preserving the environment, minimizing the effects of environmental pollution and reducing the depletion of natural resources, as well as introducing students to their current and future roles in preserving the environment.

Over the course of the programme, lectures were given at 332 schools, where 24,000 students benefitted.

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