HE Sheikha Hind bint Hamad Al Thani, Vice Chairperson and CEO of Qatar Foundation (QF), and HE Dr Mohammed Abdul Wahed Al Hammadi, Minister of Education and Higher Education, signed a Memorandum of Understanding that sets in motion a partnership designed to further enhance the calibre of pre-university education in Qatar.

The agreement, signed at a ceremony held at the 2015 building (QF Headquarters) in Education City, will harness the experience and expertise of QF and the Ministry of Education and Higher Education to maintain and elevate Qatar’s education services, outputs and performance at pre-university level, as well as the nation’s standing in global education rankings.

Areas of focus will include these areas: early education and specialised education; skills development of workers in the education sector; and curriculum and education policy development. The two parties will also collaborate to jointly establish activities and events that diversify and enrich the educational experiences of students, and develop initiatives that encourage student innovation.

Buthaina Ali Al Nuaimi, President of Pre-University Education at QF, said they are delighted and honoured that their expertise are being combined with that of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education to enhance their already close and impactful relationship, for the benefit of students, educators, and schools across Qatar. She said they are confident that this deal will pave the way for Qatar’s education sector to achieve new levels of excellence.

Assistant undersecretary for educational affairs at the Ministry of Education and Higher Education Fawzia Abdulaziz Al Khater, also expressed her delight in the QF deal, noting Qatar Foundation’s role in the development of education in Qatar across all levels.

This memorandum is qualitative in nature, in that it fosters the rich and diverse institutional expertise in our schools, specifically our classrooms. It also supports the education system in general through new programmes in multidisciplinary fields, which help improve our educational outcomes and teach our students 21st century skills.’

Al Khater also commended the different aspects of the memorandum, such as the educational projects and educational and cultural activities, as well as other areas of priority, including the services offered to children with special needs. She said she hoped the partnership would create a positive impact on students and the education system by developing and enhancing the quality of services, and ensuring the sustainable progress of the quality of education locally and internationally.

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