More than 40 primary school teachers from 22 of Qatar’s independent schools have been selected to participate in the 2013 Qatar University ExxonMobil Teachers Academy, which will run from 23 to 28 November 2013 in Doha.

Dean of the College of Education at Qatar University, Dr Hissa Sadiq, said:

We are extremely pleased to host the second edition of Qatar University ExxonMobil Teachers Academy.  The academy signifies the commitment we have as a university to providing quality education to Qatar’s residents, and it also meets the objectives of the Human Development Pillar of the National Vision 2030, to provide a strong knowledge base for Qatar’s citizens…our educators have the ability and the commitment to bring science and math to life in their classrooms, as two fundamental subjects for development and innovation. The academy is the conduit that makes this happen, and we are proud to be a part of it.’

Qatar University’s National Center for Educator Development and ExxonMobil Qatar are teaming up to provide the week-long, intensive professional development programme designed to help fourth, fifth and sixth grade educators develop innovative math and science teaching skills.

National Development Manager for ExxonMobil Qatar, Abdullatif Al Naemi, said:

ExxonMobil is committed to ensuring that students are fully prepared to compete in today’s global economy…this academy and its objectives echo the objectives of Qatar’s National Vision by equipping teachers with the necessary tools and strategies to develop Qatar’s next generation of scientists, engineers and innovators.’

Qatar University and the Supreme Education Council selected the educators who will take part in this year’s academy based on their qualifications and commitment to teaching. Participating teachers will enhance their understanding of math and science content, build on their expertise in facilitating student learning through problem-solving and inquiry, and use links between math and science to support their students’ learning. By inspiring teachers in math and science, and equipping them with interactive teaching tools, teachers can help ignite their students’ passion for these subjects.

The Qatar University ExxonMobil Teachers Academy is part of a long-term commitment to education by ExxonMobil. As it continues to support initiatives that incite an active interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, the company is also committed to supporting the professional development of highly qualified teachers and promoting the involvement of women.

Qatar University and ExxonMobil Qatar share a history of partnership emulated across a variety of projects and programmes, including Life is Engineering, the Environmental Studies Center, the Gas Processing Center and ongoing guest lectures and recruiting activities.