Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF) has signed an agreement with International Baccalaureate (IB) to provide a series of teacher training workshops.

Commenting on the workshops, Noof Ahmed Al Thani, Qatar Foundation Director of Academic Outreach in the Pre-University Education Office, said:

The IB workshops present a wonderful opportunity in which Qatar Foundation can act as a leader in providing premier training for educators in Qatar. Qatar Foundation believes that professional development should be on-going for all educators, irrespective of experience ̶ not only for continuous professional and personal growth, but also to ensure that educators keep improving the learning experiences and outcomes of all their students.’

In supporting Qatar on its journey from a carbon economy to a knowledge-based economy, QF is furthering the mission by building on its core education pillar in becoming an approved provider of IB Professional Development workshops for educators, with the first scheduled to take place this month.

IB’s Regional Director, Adrian Kearney, said:

This agreement represents an important step for the International Baccalaureate in Qatar, and enables greater access to the professional development workshops for which IB is renowned. We hope this will lead to further collaboration with the educational authorities in Qatar.’

Qatar Foundation currently develops skilled graduates and first-class teachers through an innovative and multidisciplinary education model. And in keeping with its objectives to enhance educational standards, the IB workshops will further develop teacher training skills.

The workshops for the internationally-recognised IB programme will be conducted in both English and Arabic.

Following the first workshop, a further series will be held in March. They are designed and developed by IB, and delivered by experienced IB educators from around the world. Every IB workshop is evaluated against a rigorous global quality assurance framework. IB is a non-profit educational foundation that works with over 4,000 schools in more than 140 countries to develop and offer four challenging programmes to over 1.2 million youngsters up to the age of 19.

IB professional development helps educators develop a deeper understanding of what it means to be an internationally-minded and effective teacher. Members of IB’s regional office management team have accompanied Adrian Kearney on several visits to Qatar Foundation schools, and met with educators to discuss their needs.

At present, 11 schools in Qatar offer one or more of the IB’s four programmes which are becoming increasingly popular in several countries in the region. The IB is committed to improving access to an IB education across the Middle East.

For more information about Qatar Foundation’s IB workshops, visit http://www.edi.qa/index.php/workshop/qf-ib.