Qatar Museums (QM) held its first ever Teachers Council recently, as part of the organisation’s continued focus and commitment to educating society about the arts, heritage and creativity.

The Teachers Council event, which took place at the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) on Sunday, saw 200 teachers from schools across Qatar come together to share their opinions and feedback on QM’s educational programmes and resources.

Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani personally welcomed teachers at the event and invited them to engage more closely with Qatar Museums. The event also included speeches from Mansoor bin Ebrahim Al Mahmoud, Chief Executive Officer of Qatar Museums and Advisor to HE the Chairperson and Fatima Al Rumaihi, Chief Executive Officer of the Doha Film Institute.

During this education-focused event, participants were given an informative tour of the galleries at MIA and were shown a demonstration of QM’s object-based teaching. They were also given an opportunity to visit the museum’s Education Center, the Library and several other areas.

The event was a great opportunity for teachers to learn about QM and its institutions, and discover the wide range of learning resources available to them through the organisation. Teachers were invited to offer their expert opinion on the educational resources available and to suggest ideas for the development of future ones. They were also invited to engage more closely with QM educators and were informed about numerous professional development opportunities that QM is planning, including a Teacher Training programme, in the field of applied and history of art.

Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Chairperson of Qatar Museums, said:

At Qatar Museums, we are committed to providing learning opportunities and resources for everyone in Qatar, including teachers, which enhances the art and culture they encounter and enables them to pass their learnings on tomorrow’s creative generation.’

‘It is also vital that we continue to hold events like this one, as feedback that we receive from teachers will enable us to continuously improve and evolve our educational offerings across QM to enrich lives, broaden horizons and stimulate the creativity within the community. We are delighted with today’s turnout and look forward to holding more events like this one in the future.’

Across the entire organisation, QM strives to align its educational offerings and learning opportunities with teachers’ interests and the school curriculum. The organisation prides itself on its commitment to contributing to the educational landscape of the State of Qatar as a provider of informal education and life-long learning through arts, culture and heritage.

Qatar Museums offers a wide selection of educational programmes and dynamic activities across the country all year around. In particular, MIA offers learning opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds to enjoy and take part in, including regular exhibition tours, art classes, calligraphy classes and object handling workshops.

All activities and workshops aim to strengthen family bonds, develop creativity, build confidence and improve communication skills. For more information, visit qm.org.qa/en/education.