Following the success of Qatar Museums’ (QM) first Teachers Council event held last month, QM held its second Teachers Council forum recently at the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA), part of the organisations commitment to enrich people’s lives by educating them on the value of art, heritage and creativity.

Held under the patronage of Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, this month’s event brought together more than 150 teachers from independent schools across Qatar, which complements last month’s event, that saw 200 teachers from international schools attend.

During the forum, which is planned to be a regular event, QM’s senior leadership spoke with teachers from across the country and invited them to share their opinions and feedback on QM’s educational programmes and resources and suggest new ideas for future programmes. The event provided teachers with a great opportunity to collaborate more closely with QM, learn more about its institutions, and discover the wide range of learning resources and professional development opportunities, including a Teacher Training programme, that are available to them through the organisation.

Fatima Al Rumaihi, Chief Executive Officer of the Doha Film Institute

Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani personally welcomed teachers at the start of the event, and invited them to engage more closely with Qatar Museums. Other speakers included Mansoor bin Ebrahim Al Mahmoud, Chief Executive Officer and Special Advisor to HE the Chairperson at Qatar Museums, Salem Abdulla Al Aswad, Deputy Director of Learning & Outreach at Museum of Islamic Art and Fatima Al Rumaihi, Chief Executive Officer of the Doha Film Institute.

Following the forum, participants were given an informative tour of the galleries at MIA and were shown a demonstration of QM’s ‘hands on’ teaching practises. They were also given an opportunity to visit MIA’s Education Center, the Library, among several other areas.

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

The levels of engagement for our Teachers Council events have been extremely positive, and both events have been a great success. At QM, we seek to align our array of educational offerings and learning opportunities with teachers’ interests and the school curriculum, to successfully enrich lives, broaden horizons and stimulate the creativity within the community. We look forward to continuing to work closely with teachers next year as we look to further develop and improve our programmes, to enrich people’s lives and educate them on the value of art, heritage and creativity.’

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 Qatar Museums.