GOING FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH
AS ON NUMEROUS OCCASIONS IN YEARS GONE BY, THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER SAW STUDENTS IN QATAR RETURN TO THEIR RESPECTIVE SCHOOLS AFTER A LENGTHY SUMMER BREAK. AND AS ALWAYS, THERE HAS BEEN NO SHORTAGE OF ACTION IN THE EDUCATION SECTOR, RECENTLY AS WELL AS IN THE EARLY PART OF THE YEAR.
Qatar’s Public Works Authority, Ashghal, announced the completion of the construction of 13 new schools and two kindergartens for the 2017/18 academic year, with the total value of the new educational buildings amounting to QR878,000,000.
Apart from that, it has been revealed that Qatar Foundation (QF) has given more than $30 million over the past eight years to several schools in the US, which include the public school system of Tucson Unified School District, Oregon, and Washington Latin Public Charter School. The initiatives have been aimed at encouraging the growth of Arabic programmes. The funding came through Qatar Foundation International, the foundation’s US arm. The organisation gave $3.8 million for 2017-18.
As part of the efforts of the country’s Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) to promote school health services, Dr Badriya Al Malki, Assistant Executive Director for Continuing Care and Integrated Services at PHCC, announced that 266 schools have been included in PHCC’s services. In addition, PHCC has started implementing the Electronic File System at 60 public schools for the 2017-18 academic year. The system provides a comprehensive overview of patient history during medical counselling.
In other news, a delegation from UNESCO was welcomed to Education City by HE Sheikha Hind bint Hamad Al Thani, Vice Chairperson and CEO of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, and Omran Hamad Al Kuwari, Executive Director, CEO Office, QF. During the discussion, Sheikha Hind discussed future plans at QF and the potential for collaboration opportunities with the 12-member international delegation.
And finally, indoor edutainment park KidzMondo expects to welcome around 1,200 schools throughout the coming academic year. It is also part of the ‘By Education We Build Qatar’ theme, a part of the ‘Back to School’ campaign. KidzMondo partnered with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education for the 2017/2018 academic year.
The spotlight in this issue of Qatar Today is on Qatar University’s College of Medicine, ACS International School, and Carnegie Mellon University. We analyse what makes the three universities stand out from the rest. Check out the September edition of the magazine to find out more