Education Above All (EAA) Foundation, through its programme Reach Out To Asia (ROTA), kicked off the International Education and Resource Network (iEARN) Qatar Programme by hosting two workshops for teachers in Qatar. The workshops were held at Qatar University, the official partner of the iEARN-Qatar Programme.
Forty teachers from 13 governmental and private schools attended the iEARN Teacher Training Workshop, providing an opportunity for teachers and students in Qatar to collaborate with an online network of educators and learners from across 140 countries.
EAA views education as a right, and a tool for community development and iEARN addresses both: improving the quality of education, while enabling the youth to take action on local and global issues.
The main role of the iEARN-Qatar Programme is to connect schools and youth organisations worldwide via a virtual network to empower young people, encourage inter-scholastic collaboration, and debate world issues in real time, with the ultimate objective of enhancing learning and making a difference in their own communities and around the world.
EAA Online Education Specialist Shamma Al Dosari said that they are pleased to join forces with the National Center for Educational Development (NCED) in Qatar University to bring together educators and students to collaborate and work on projects that will enhance global citizenship.
We thank Muntajat for their generous sponsorship of the iEARN-Qatar programme.’
According to Salwa Al Kahlout, Project-Based Learning (PBL) Specialist at NCED, they seek to deepen and consolidate the educational competencies of students through the application of PBL in government schools in Qatar. This is the embodiment of theoretical knowledge, offering opportunities for application, experimentation, and innovation that enhance the skills and competencies needed in life-long learning and problem solving.
This is what the Professional Development Specialists at NCED focus on as they provide training and guidance to teachers and students during the process of the project. They strive to ensure the implementation of methods in research, investigation, problem solving, creative thinking, cooperation and communication.’
The partnership with iEARN-Qatar programme provides students with opportunities to connect with peers from around the world and exchange knowledge of global cultures, issues and world problems. This paves a path for solutions and contributes towards building a secure and meaningful digital and global citizenship.
The workshops are an ideal platform for teachers’ development which build on the basic principle of PBL, allowing teachers to share their best practices, in addition to providing them with opportunities to create and work on their projects using the ROTA Knowledge Network.
An Open House was also organised as part of the iEARN programme, which gives students the chance to display their work and showcase their projects for an audience of educators, parents and seniors from various organisations. Every iEARN project should answer the question, ‘How will this project improve the quality of life on the planet?’ This year’s iEARN-Qatar programme will commence with the Open house event in April 2019.
Qatar Chemical and Petrochemical Marketing and Distribution Company (Muntajat), is committed to youth development and education in Qatar. It has identified ROTA as a key leader through its iEARN Qatar Programme. ROTA also values Muntajat’s continuous contribution to its work through its sponsorship of the iEARN-Qatar programne.
For updates and more information about the iEARN-Qatar Programme visit iearn.org.