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ESO launches inter-college environment speech contest
September 17, 2013 , 9 : 21 am GST
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Amor Al Matani, ESO Board member. Photo – Jun Estrada/Times of Oman
The Environment Society of Oman announced the launch of its second Inter-College Environmental Public Speaking Competition on Sunday.
The competition aims to generate awareness and concern for the environment among the Omani students with the hope that many students from various universities and colleges across Oman would register for the contest, said Amor Al Matani, ESO Board member and Community Outreach Officer.
"The objective of the competition is to engage the future leaders of this country and to put them at the forefront of issues which definitely concern Mother Nature," Al Matani told reporters.
Topics for the competition this year include water conservation, arts and the environment, the negative impact of technology on the environment, and local solutions for global problems.
Teams of students from participating universities will focus on one of these areas and present solutions and findings at the bilingual public speaking event, which will be held in Muscat on November 11. The winning team will go on to compete at a regional contest in Dubai.
The competition was first launched by the Emirates Environmental Group in 2001 and expanded to other GCC states by 2006. The top Omani students, representing the University of Nizwa, competed in the regional contest in Dubai where they won the competition, beating 19 other teams. "I felt a sense of pride coming back with a trophy.
Thanks to teamwork, we achieved more and could do better to protect the earth," said Al Zahraa Khalfan Al Ghafri, who was the speaker fielded by the University of Nizwa team last year.
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