Alfaisal to hold Destination ImagiNation conference

February 22, 2014 - 2:04:31 am

Destination ImagiNation aims at promoting 21st century skills.

Doha: Qatar schoolchildren taking part in Destination ImagiNation, under the patronage of Alfaisal Without Borders Foundation, will reveal how DI has helped them grow personally, socially and academically when they attend the DI Schools Forum on March 2.

Schools are invited to take part in the inaugural launch at the Renaissance Hotel in City Centre to hear first-hand how young people can acquire 21st century skills of teamwork, leadership, creativity and problem-solving.

DI is a youth initiative in 27 countries and Qatar is piloting it for the Gulf, reflecting a commitment to the development and empowerment of its youth.

Seven schools, with more than 230 students and 34 teams,  are taking part. 

Under the patronage of Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim Al Thani’s Alf Foundation, the programme, approved by Supreme Education Council, presents the richness of Qatari culture and ensures schoolchildren have a head-start in life, by empowering them to set goals and helping develop their self-esteem, self-motivation and communications skills. 

It also aims at promoting respect for other cultures and beliefs and the values of Islamic teaching in line with Qatar National Vision 2030 and Alf Foundation’s objectives.

The programme operates like an extra-curricular activity. Teams of up to seven people choose a challenge from five themes – technical, scientific, fine arts, improvisation and service learning. 

They meet weekly for about three months, to work on their projects and as a team come up with creative solutions to challenges they are given.

Teams then will compete to take part in the national finals, at the Gulf English School on May 3. Teams which complete their challenges and score 75 percent or more can qualify for the global finals in Nashville, Tennessee, the US, in May. There, they will compete with teams from around the world for the first position.

During the forum, team managers – teachers who advise the groups and support them in their challenges – will highlight DI advantages. 

Abdullatif Ali Al Yafei, General Manager, Alf Foundation, said: “It is a great milestone for Qatar to launch DI in our schools and to pave the way for the rest of the Gulf and the Middle East to take on the programme. 

“DI aims to help improve the lives of those in Qatar and across the world by empowering them through education and social welfare initiatives and giving them skills and qualifications so they can play a positive role in the world.”

Ali Mar’e, Executive Director, Alf Foundation, said: “DI  advantages support the ethos of the foundation - to enable Qatar to be a regional leader in progressive education and promote latest thinking to make a difference to the youth of today.” 

The Gulf English School, Park House English School, Newton International Academy, Barwa City, Newton International School, Lagoon, Noble International School, Amna bint Wahab Independent Preparatory School for Girls and Omar bin Khattab Independent Primary School for Boys are piloting the programme.

Schools interested in participating in DI can call Renee Rainville on +97444981435, extn 3607 or r.rainville@alfaisalfoundation.org The Peninsula

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