Education is not limited to a classroom. Although schools are closed due to the spread of COVID-19, students can still continue to learn through online or virtual education systems. Parents and other adults at home can also enjoy online education through various platforms. Be it through Qatar National Library’s online resources or virtual tours of Qatar’s museums, education continues.

Online library

Explore Qatar National Library’s extensive online resources available 24/7 for members everywhere. They offer free access to ebooks, journals, magazines and newspapers, opportunities to stream video and music, and books and online activities for children and young adults. The Qatar Digital Library and Digital Repository are also accessible to all users.

Online education

The Ministry of Education and Higher Education is preparing to upload about 1,700 recorded video lessons on YouTube for the students of government schools starting from Sunday, 22 March 2020, under its virtual education system.

Some private schools have also applied virtual education for teaching their students.

At least 1,700 recorded video lessons will be produced and uploaded on a daily basis starting from Sunday. Available on YouTube from 7 am to 3 pm, the videos will be of 10-minute duration period each with necessary information about all subjects for all grades of government schools.

There will be daily to weekly assessments of the students from grade 1 to 11 until schools reopen. Students of grade 12 in government schools will undergo final exams from 1 June in specially arranged exam halls.

Virtual museums

One of the most exciting ways to make a virtual museum visit is via the Google Cultural Institute. Over 1,000 cultural institutions have partnered with Google. By visiting the Google Cultural Institute’s website, visitors can discover exhibits and collections from museums and archives all around the world. 

One of the earliest museums to join the Google Cultural Institute was the Museum of Islamic Art. So why not take a virtual visit to the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA), Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art and/or the National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ). A collection of nearly 300 objects from MIA, Mathaf and NMoQ can be viewed through Google Arts & Culture in stunning detail, which distance and physical limitation render it impossible to achieve even through actual museum visit.

School is Out, Virtual Learning is In!

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