Great Things are Happening in Bahrain
GLOBE Bahrain enjoyed an energetic schedule of 2008 events and, if the 26 January Teacher Training Workshop is any indication, is looking forward to an equally productive 2009. Along with conducting regular teacher trainings for both new and experienced GLOBE teachers, Country Coordinator, Mrs. Wafa Bin Dayna and her team from the Ministry of Education have been working hard to keep the discussion of climate research high on the program's list of priorities and to engage students in the process.
Overall, the event was a great success. The teachers learned a great deal about the fundamentals of the GLOBE Program and were actively welcomed and integrated into the GLOBE community in Bahrain. Those who participated in the event completed a questionnaire, in which they expressed gratitude for the workshop and an eagerness to implement the program in their schools.
The Kingdom of Bahrain ended 2008 on a very positive note by holding a Green Walk on December 31st at Al Areen Wild Life Center. The participants in the walk were divided into 16 competing groups, with approximately ten people per group. Each group was given a specific route and an allotted amount of time, during which they would have to complete a variety of games and activities at different stations. Each route began at one of the four biomes: desert, grassland, tropical, and polar; and each station focused on specific GLOBE protocols that could be used as scientific tools to help students to answer their research questions. This event was an enjoyable way to increase the interaction between students and teachers and greatly enhanced the overall learning experience.
After a very successful 2008, Bahrain welcomed the New Year with another training workshop on 26 January 2009. This workshop focused on training primary school educators for the 10 primary schools that have become engaged in GLOBE this year. Forty people attended the event and focused on two GLOBE protocol areas, Atmosphere and Phenology: learning about rain, temperature, clouds, and pH. After the initial introductory and informative presentations from Bahrain's GLOBE coordinators and assistants, the Deputy Chief of Bahrain Civil Aviation Affairs, Mr. Abdul Rahman Mohammed, gave a PowerPoint presentation about climate and weather. A questionnaire was distributed at the end of the workshop, which produced more positive feedback.
Overall, Bahrain has been doing great work in encouraging participation in the GLOBE Program. By ensuring that teachers are well-trained and by inviting scientists in the community to work alongside them, GLOBE Bahrain is able to engage students in cutting edge science while raising awareness of climate-related environmental issues. The GLOBE Program Office looks forward to hearing more exciting news from the Kingdom, and from all GLOBE member countries.