DOHA, Qatar – ExxonMobil Qatar and Qatar University (QU) held a closing luncheon yesterday for the sixth annual Qatar University ExxonMobil Teachers Academy. The academy, which took place in Doha between November 26 and 30 this year, was established in 2012 by ExxonMobil Qatar and Qatar University’s National Center for Education Development, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education.
The Qatar University ExxonMobil Teachers Academy is a week-long intensive professional development program that is held in Doha on an annual basis. The program is headed by a group of education experts from Qatar and the U.S. who support the math and science teachers from Qatar’s independent schools and a number of other education-based institutions to sharpen their skills and improve their ability to teach science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects. The overall purpose of the academy is to provide the teachers with the necessary skills to spark student interest and confidence in these areas by providing excellent instruction and hands-on application opportunities in their classrooms.
This year’s academy included around 40 third to sixth grade independent school teachers, six Teach For Qatar (TFQ) fellows and four teachers from Maharaty - an initiative of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education. Additionally, around 10 Supervisors form Ministry of Education and Higher Education, Maharaty and Teach for Qatar attended the full week workshop.
Mr. Abdullatif Al Naemi, Human Resources Manager at ExxonMobil Qatar and Dr. Abdallah Abu Tineh, Director of National Center for Educational Development- NCED, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership & HRD at Qatar University College of Education attended the luncheon, together with several representatives from the Ministry of Education and Higher Education and Qatar University. During the luncheon, participating teachers and faculty members were recognized for their hard work and dedication.
“Today we are celebrating another year of the Qatar University ExxonMobil Teachers Academy’s success in providing a unique professional development opportunity for teachers from Qatar’s independent schools and our partner organizations,” said Abdullatif Al Naemi, Human Resources Manager for ExxonMobil Qatar. “I would like to thank the Ministry of Education and Higher Education and Qatar University for their ongoing support – by end of this year training, today, we have trained more than 250 teachers and in turn impacted and inspired more than 10,000 students in Qatar’s independent schools. This is an incredible learning return on our educational investment, and one we are very proud of.”
“To be relevant, education must provide young people with the necessary knowledge and skills to become responsible global citizens – this is what we hope to achieve through the academy. We want to help create a workforce for Qatar that can think critically; solve problems and be innovative. These are all core competencies that meet the needs of a 21st-century marketplace, and will contribute to building a bright and sustainable future for Qatar and its people,” added Al Naemi.
“We at the College of Education are extremely proud of our collaboration on the Qatar University ExxonMobil Teachers Academy because together, Qatar University, ExxonMobil Qatar and the ministry of education and higher education are improving education through innovation. I am sure this kind of collaboration will enable us to transform teaching so that all the Qataris’ students have the opportunities of a high-quality education.” Commented Dr. Ahmad Al Emadi, Dean of College of Education at Qatar University
“Science and math are very important subjects in a child’s education, and it is essential that these subjects are taught in the best way possible, using the right resources,” said Fatima Almalki –professional development specialist in ministry of education , “Our educators are committed to ensuring that they teach our children to the best of their ability, and the academy provides them with a great platform through which to enhance their skills to do so. I would like to thank our partners for their continuous efforts in introducing this academy to our teachers in Qatar, I am sure it is going to be a great success.”
Quality education is essential to building human capacity for a sustainable, knowledge-based society. The Qatar University ExxonMobil Teachers Academy is part of ExxonMobil’s long-term commitment to building a competitive workforce that can sustain this future knowledge-based society that His Highness the Emir, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani envisions for Qatar.
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