Qatar re­it­er­ates com­mit­ment to na­tional, in­ter­na­tional ed­u­ca­tion

Gulf Times - - QATAR -

Qatar has con­firmed its com­mit­ment to­wards its pledge to the world in the field of ed­u­ca­tion, where its con­sti­tu­tion en­dorsed that ed­u­ca­tion is the main pil­lar in the so­ci­ety and a ba­sic right.

The coun­try has given great im­por­tance through in­creas­ing its al­lo­cated bud­get to ed­u­ca­tion to more than 13% of the gross do­mes­tic prod­uct (GDP), in ad­di­tion to its con­tin­u­ous de­vel­op­ment of the ed­u­ca­tional and re­search cen­tres and sources of soft power.

It also in­creased its in­ter­est in ed­u­cat­ing stu­dents with spe­cial needs through qual­i­fy­ing many schools to be in­te­gra­tion cen­tres for them and im­ple­ment­ing a com­pre­hen­sive sys­tem for eval­u­at­ing stu­dents with spe­cial needs and launch­ing a com­pre­hen­sive data­base of their ed­u­ca­tional path.

At the Global Ed­u­ca­tion Meet­ing, held cur­rently in Brussels, HE the Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion and Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Dr Mo­hamed Ab­dul Wa­hed Ali al-Ham­madi said Qatar started to shift to a knowl­edge-based econ­omy as an en­abling ele­ment of so­cial and eco­nomic progress, part of Qatar Na­tional Vi­sion 2030 which sets goals in sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment in all sec­tors.

With re­gards to Qatar’s global com­mit­ments, the min­is­ter said Qatar formed na­tional com­mit­tee for ed­u­ca­tion in part­ner­ship with rel­e­vant min­istries and en­ti­ties. The com­mit­tee also pre­pared dif­fer­ent pro­grammes to raise aware­ness on this goal, its pur­pose and in­di­ca­tors for all sec­tors of the state. Al-Ham­madi said one of th­ese pro­grammes was the Right to Ed­u­ca­tion held last Oc­to­ber high­light­ing that Qatar was one of the first re­spon­ders to the cam­paign, launched by the United Na­tions Ed­u­ca­tional, Sci­en­tific and Cul­tural Or­gan­i­sa­tion (Un­esco), as well as link­ing the fourth goal with other sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment goals such as achiev­ing equal­ity and equal op­por­tu­ni­ties.

The cur­ric­ula and ed­u­ca­tional pro­grammes in­clude un­der­stand­ing top­ics that serve is­sues re­lated to cli­mate change, peace, jus­tice and co-ex­is­tence, with keen­ness to pro­mote in­no­va­tion at the na­tional and global lev­els, through many pro­grammes in­clud­ing ‘Stars of Sci­ence’.

The min­is­ter said th­ese ef­forts have had an im­pact on Qatar achiev­ing good re­sults in the ed­u­ca­tional field, ac­cord­ing to the Global Com­pet­i­tive­ness In­dex where in 2017/2018 it ranked fifth glob­ally and first in the Arab re­gion for the qual­ity of ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem. With re­gards to Qatar’s keen­ness to achieve fur­ther part­ner­ships glob­ally in sup­port­ing ed­u­ca­tion, al-Ham­madi said His High­ness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Ha­mad al-Thani an­nounced re­cently Qatar’s pledge to pro­vide qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion to a mil­lion girls in ar­eas of con­flict by 2021, part of sup­port­ing the Charlevoix Dec­la­ra­tion on Qual­ity Ed­u­ca­tion for Girls, Ado­les­cent Girls and Women in De­vel­op­ing Coun­tries.

The min­is­ter said the Ed­u­cate a Child ini­tia­tive to which Qatar was a main party, rep­re­sented by Her High­ness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chair­per­son of Ed­u­ca­tion Above All (EAA), has re­cently suc­ceeded in sup­port­ing 10mn of the most marginalised out-of-school chil­dren to re­ceive qual­ity, pri­mary ed­u­ca­tion through 82 part­ner­ships in 50 coun­tries with $1.8bn. He said that Qatar contributed to third of the amount and con­tin­ues its ef­forts to in­crease the number of chil­dren ben­e­fit­ing from the pro­gramme.

Al-Ham­madi said Her High­ness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser has had great con­tri­bu­tion to is­su­ing in­ter­na­tional res­o­lu­tion al­low­ing refugee and dis­placed chil­dren to ob­tain ac­cred­ited aca­demic de­grees and to con­tinue their ed­u­ca­tion from pri­mary to the univer­sity level in host coun­tries.

De­spite the devel­op­men­tal re­sults that Qatar has achieved in im­ple­ment­ing the fourth goal of the sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment goals, it con­tin­ues to ex­ert its ef­forts to im­prove the re­sults of Qatari stu­dents in in­ter­na­tional ex­am­i­na­tions, raise their aca­demic achieve­ment, im­prove early child­hood ed­u­ca­tion and de­velop hu­man cap­i­tal, to meet labour mar­ket re­quire­ments and na­tional de­vel­op­ment pri­or­i­ties.

The min­is­ter stressed that ev­ery­one should make fur­ther ef­forts to achieve the fourth goal of sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment as ef­fec­tive means of achiev­ing so­cial and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment.

Qatar’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in Global Ed­u­ca­tion Meet­ing, which was due to con­clude later yes­ter­day, is part of the global Ed­u­ca­tion 2030 Agenda su­per­vised by Un­esco, to dis­cuss global progress to­wards achiev­ing the fourth ob­jec­tive of sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment and the ex­tent to which con­tri­bu­tions have been made to en­sure qual­ity and in­clu­sive ed­u­ca­tion for all and to en­hance life­long learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.

The in­au­gu­ral ses­sion of the meet­ing was launched by the Global Ed­u­ca­tion Mon­i­tor­ing Re­port, which fo­cuses mainly on the im­pact of mi­gra­tion and dis­place­ment on ed­u­ca­tion and the im­por­tance of ed­u­ca­tion in build­ing bridges of knowl­edge.

HE the Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion and Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Dr Mo­hamed Ab­dul Wa­hed Àli al-Ham­madi at­tend­ing the Global Ed­u­ca­tion Meet­ing in Brussels.

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