Posted on October 05, 2018

HE the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani attended Teachers’ Day celebrations at Qatar National Convention Center (QNCC). The event coincided with International Teachers’ Day, which falls on October 5 every year. 

At the outset, HE the Minister of Education and Higher Education Mohamed Abdul Wahed Ali al-Hammadi said that the “celebration is a confirmation of Qatar’s national obligations and international commitments and the embodiment of our children’s right to education and the right of our teachers to be taken care of.” Al-Hammadi explained that teachers will remain the basis of the educational process. He highlighted the joint recommendation of The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) and International Labour Organisation (ILO) concerning teachers’ situations, noting that this celebration promotes awareness of, and renewed commitment to teachers’ issues and professional concerns. 

And it also recalls that the shortage of qualified teachers remains a challenge at the global level and that the right to education can only be achieved by having qualified teachers. Al-Hammadi pointed out that the Education Ministry has been keen to attract Qatari talent for the teaching profession, to build national capacities in the field of education, including the evaluation of national programmes for recruiting teachers as directed by HE the Prime Minister. The emphasis is to prioritise ‘tumoh’ programme, increasing allocations and incentives for programme participants, he added. 

The minister stressed that these achievements for teachers require them to continue doing their best to achieve the Qatar National Vision 2030, through instilling the values of belonging and loyalty in students, to emphasise their identity by expressing their opinions, to strengthen the culture dialogue and acceptance of other opinions, promoting critical thinking, ... and following creative and innovative teaching methods. He expressed confidence that the teachers in Qatar are eligible for this task. Unesco representative in Doha Anna Paolini made a speech during the ceremony in which she emphasised that education is a fundamental human right, promotes peace, tolerance and social inclusion, as well as a critical factor in eradicating poverty and allows children and young people to fully utilise their potentials.

The Unesco representative praised Qatar’s great attention to education and how Qatar made it a development priority, noting the state’s attention to teachers, their rights, motivation and all the requirements to develop their skills and performance for educational outputs capable of building and contributing to the development of their homeland. Paolini added that the celebration of the World Teachers’ Day is an important event as it draws attention to the value of science, education systems, the need for the rights of teachers, the call for good education, qualified and trained teachers, acquiring all the skills and competencies necessary to perform their profession in the classroom, expressing her happiness that the State of Qatar takes all these things seriously and give them full attention. 

At the end of the ceremony, HE the Education Minister honoured 100 female and male teachers.