H H Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, H E Sheikha Hind bint Hamad Al Thani and H E Dr Mohammed bin Saleh Al Sada, Minister of Energy and Industry, at the launch of Teach For Qatar, a non-governmental organisation that seeks to attract Qatari graduates to the public education system, yesterday.
By Fazeena Saleem
DOHA: Qatar’s first non-governmental organisation for education ‘Teach For Qatar’ (TFQ) was launched yesterday by H E Sheikha Hind bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani at Katara Hall in the presence of H H Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation.
TFQ seeks to bring Qatar’s young graduates into the public education system and make changes in the classroom and society.
It will recruit 30 talented university graduates and young professionals from various backgrounds and specialisations, provide teacher training and place them as teachers in 10 Independent schools across Qatar for a two year ‘fellowship.’
They will continue to receive additional training, mentorship, and regular reviews throughout the fellowship. Around 2,000 students are likely to benefit in the first year.
Upon completion of the two-year teaching placement, fellows can continue to contribute to the development of Qatar’s education system through career pathways developed by TFQ alongside Qatari institutions across various sectors.
“I call upon our youth who have benefited from the flourishing of higher education in Qatar to take advantage of this opportunity to give back to their community and be part of a process of change that perhaps they once dreamed of effecting when they were young students,” said Sheikha Hind, Chairman of TFQ.
“I’m fully confident that the young team and the Independent schools partnering with them will make a difference in Qatar’s education,” she added.
TFQ is the 32nd member of the Teach For All — The Global Network for Expanding Educational Opportunity with a mission that one day all children will have the opportunity to attain an excellent education.
It’s a global network established in countries around the world, including Lebanon, the UK, Malaysia and Japan.
TFQ will begin its recruitment drive this week to attract young talents around Doha.
Interested university students and young professionals can test their knowledge of core subjects, sample teaching experience and interact with TFQ members and apply for the fellowship at informational booths to be set up at Hamad bin Khalifa University Student Centre in the Education City and Qatar University.
“We are proud of the growing collaboration between us and the Independent schools that will be taking TFQ fellows on board,” said Mohammed Fakhroo, Managing Director, TFQ.
“I thank them for their trust in the initiative, and look forward to welcoming more partner schools.”
The initiative has been welcomed by Independent schools, 10 of which have signed agreements with TFQ to hire teachers recruited and trained by the organisation.
“I also call upon other schools to join the programme to develop the education system in Qatar,” said Fakhroo.