Doha: Abeer Al Khalifa, President of the Pre-University Education (PUE) Division of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, revealed an expansion plan in QF schools which includes the Adding new classes to Qatar Academy-Al Khor and Qatar Academy-Al Wakrah, in an effort to handle an increase in applications, especially to Awsaj Academy and Renad Academy.
Speaking exclusively to Qatar News Agency (QNA), Al Khalifa noted that the QF schools, which have a capacity of 7,500 male and female students of various nationalities with all seats booked ahead of the 2022 summer vacation , will continue their experience of full academies. that provide lifelong learning experiences aimed at producing globally competent students; noting that the qualitative learning offered at the Qatar Foundation requires the employment of optimal skills. PUE has 1,500 employees representing 78 nationalities – 30% male and 70% female – working to provide an integrated educational experience.
The president of QF Pre-University Education revealed a number of recently adopted measures aimed at improving the educational process, including the establishment of special schools and special educational needs – new departments linked to the Institute of Development of education with the aim of expanding offerings for students facing academic challenges. She also highlighted the launch of preschool classes at Awsaj Academy to qualify toddlers for the kindergarten stage, adding that some students will continue their education in the educational development building to gain access to additional resources.
She indicated that schools will pay due attention to qualitative education and communication skills that enable students to be exceptional individuals, pointing out that the values, skills and privileges acquired in fundamental schools are the main motivations for continued and intensified participation.
Al Khalifa pointed to high demand for Awsaj and Renad Academies, prompting the Foundation to submit an expansion plan to the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, while Awsaj will include additional classes for the academic year 2023-2024 at Qatar Academy-Al Khor. , and Renad will include classes at the Qatar Academy-Al Wakra with the opening of two classes for primary, one for preparatory, and each stage will contain 25 students.
She added that the newly introduced grades at Awsaj Academy were dedicated to children aged three to four who have communication problems, promising that they will be better qualified to enroll next year as KG students. .
Commenting on the newly launched Admissions Department for 2022-23 applications, Al Khalifa said the department improves communication between schools and parents through a dedicated team that directs parents and provides them with enough information on all schools of the foundation, adding that applications were processed directly and in a short period of time.
She noted that parents were generally advised on schools that meet the educational needs of their children and sensitized parents to the programs taught in schools by introducing orientation courses, organizing introductory sessions and open days. offering parents a variety of programs. that can meet their expectations and aspirations.
Regarding the benefits enjoyed by students of Qatar Foundation pre-university schools, she told QNA that the student of the institution has an academic environment that goes beyond the school building to encompass Education City. as a whole with all its facilities. She underscored her commitment to making sure parents realize the importance for their children to learn leadership and social skills as well as academic skills.
She said they have launched a new program that will give 11th and 12th graders from Qatar Academy Sidra and Doha access to more educational resources. She added that they have added a new department that deals specifically with meeting the needs of students who are struggling academically.
Regarding the impact of the pandemic, she said there were many lessons to be learned from this experience, emphasizing that flexibility was most important. She added that the pandemic has shown that education is not only about providing sufficient physical capacity for students in terms of classrooms, but also having the infrastructure that could adapt to the latest requirements needed to ensure uninterrupted access to education. She added that the role of parents is also essential, and that is why they have dedicated a hotline to them especially to meet all their needs. She also said they provide employees with all the resources they need to enable them to monitor the progress of students engaged in distance education.
Regarding tuition fees, she said that the Qatar Foundation does not charge the highest fees in Qatar. She stressed that the value proposition of the school was in the opportunity it offered children to invest in their future, noting that the fee should be seen as an investment in the future of children. She also said the school has always been committed to attracting the best teaching talent to its schools, which necessitated a higher fee structure to meet this investment need.
Regarding the promotion of national identity and Arab and Islamic culture for students, the president of QF Pre-University Education Abeer Al Khalifa told QNA that there are 3500 schools that apply an international curriculum of licensed in 144 countries around the world, and these schools are committed to the mission. to provide a top-quality education that offers students the opportunity to chart their own course of learning and develop the skills and confidence they need to grow and make a difference in the world, emphasizing that students at these schools share common characteristics, including openness to the world and a willingness to explore and learn about civilizations, but at the same time they adhere to their language and heritage, as their schools are keen to promote their awareness and their belonging to their roots, and this is focused on in Qatar Foundation schools. She praised the instrumental role of parents in supporting this orientation by communicating with their sons and daughters in their mother tongue, promoting their awareness of local culture and heritage, as QF has bilingual schools, including teachers most capable of teaching the Arabic language through innovations. methods, approaches and initiatives on identity and heritage, emphasizing the importance of the role assumed by the pupils’ tutors in consolidating the love of the mother tongue and instilling it in the hearts of their sons and daughters.
With regard to the interest of pre-university education for the mental health of children, in particular those with disabilities, she underlined the importance of the omnipresence of education and psychological support, and in Consequently QF has set up many centers and plans to promote the mental health of students. and workers, leading by example in the Learning Center, which offers support to students. The Foundation’s Crisis Resolution Team also offers support for students, teachers and parents, as well as the “Wellness Ambassadors” program, which aims to engage 11th and 12th grade students from different QF schools. in the process of raising mental health awareness for students in smaller class sizes, through intensive training provided to them, in addition to many other programs and initiatives aimed at promoting the mental health of all members of society.
On the policies QF schools have to tackle bullying in the classroom, she said schools have faced the challenge of a substantial increase in levels of bullying, whether in Qatar or around the world in post-COVID-19 pandemic era or after “back to school program”, emphasizing that QF remained committed to taking all necessary measures against those responsible for bullying, indicating that QF reaffirmed the importance of providing additional support to students who are vulnerable to such behaviour, including communicating with their guardians and offering them training courses, emphasizing that their role in homes is essential, as guardians may have a substantial influence in protecting their children from bullying She indicated that QF supports effective policies to protect children from bullying, foremost among which are es the child protection policy that is applied in all schools, which consists of sensitizing the operating staff and guardians to the importance of detecting any potential behavior that indicates that the child suffers from certain problems .
“We constitute, build and innovate in order to promote in the child the passion to learn, because when the child comes to school every morning, we give him all the support, including the favorable environment that stimulates him to offer the best of what he has.” she says.
Regarding QF’s role in shaping the future of education in the State of Qatar, she said that QF has contributed to substantially changing the future of education since its inception. , including tackling potential serious challenges, emphasizing that QF is keen to support the community’s strenuous development efforts by providing opportunities for other educational institutions in the State of Qatar to capitalize on the experiences and approaches of QF, adding that QF has signed numerous agreements, including an agreement with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education to train thousands of responders each year through the Functional Training Center, and a cooperation agreement with the Swiss International School Qatar and the Qatari French School Voltaire, in addition to the development of specialized programs in Islamic education, and inviting those concerned to benefit more from these programs mes , noting that the doors of GF are open to all, in or der to serve the common goals of raising the level of education in Qatar.