DOHA: Under the patronage of H H Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, Qatar Nanny Training Academy (QNTA) honoured its inaugural class of 14 students during a graduation ceremony held at Qatar National Convention Centre.
QNTA trains young Muslim and Arab nannies to obtain a professional qualification in childcare.
In line with Qatar Foundation’s aim of fostering a progressive society and enhancing Qatar’s cultural life and heritage, QNTA is enriching the lives of Muslim Arab families by supporting Arabic-speaking nannies to impart Islamic values. The Academy also provides training and education in the field of early childcare to nannies already working with families in Qatar.
The graduation ceremony was attended by Engineer Saad Al Muhannadi, President of Qatar Foundation, as well several ambassadors from Arab countries, in addition to a select group of VIPs and academic staff.
Initiated by Qatar Foundation, the Academy is the first of its kind in the region to educate youth while promoting the Arabic language and Qatar’s culture and traditions.
Students participating in the 10-month programme hail from Arab countries. This year’s graduates were from The Comoros and Mauritania.
The training includes specialised courses in all aspects of childcare, including first aid, nutrition, hygiene, education, and Arabic, Islamic and cultural studies.
Dr Yousuf Abdelrahman Al Mulla, Chairman of QNTA, congratulated the graduates at the ceremony, and was especially pleased with The Academy’s acceptance by the community.
“I founded the Qatar Nanny Training Academy based on the training of young, Arab, Muslim women, in order to optimally prepare them to care for our children in our homes. I am confident the Academy will contribute to achieving Qatar’s 2030 vision, which places human development at the top of its priorities.”
Hessa Al Mansoori, Managing Director of QNTA, said: “The Academy strives to support human development in Qatar through the provision of services, education and training in the field of childcare. We are also keen to preserve the national identities of Arab and Islamic countries. Therefore, celebrating the graduation of these first 14 women is a huge achievement, and one that marks a great step towards QNTA accomplishing its vision.”
Omayat Mohamed Sindu, a Class of 2014 graduate from The Comoros, extended her thanks and appreciation to Sheikha Moza, and the Academy’s board of directors, teachers and supervisors. “The Academy offered me a world-class learning experience and I’m very excited to share that I’ve already begun working for a Qatari family”, said Sindu.
Sindu also expressed her gratitude to QNTA for the opportunity provided to her and her fellow graduates to achieve their aspirations and attain respectable jobs in the field of childcare.