Posted on December 20, 2014

Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development’s (QF) Academies have taken part in National Day celebrations by hosting traditional and educational activities to commemorate Qatar’s culture and legacy.

QF members Qatar Academy Doha, Qatar Academy Sidra, Qatar Academy Al Wakra, Qatar Academy Al Khor, Qatar Academy Msheireb, Awsaj Academy, Qatar Leadership Academy and Qatar Music Academy organised a diverse range of activities to mark the nation’s pride celebrating National Day. Students and staff at the five Qatar Academies went to school dressed in their finest traditional Qatari apparel to add to the festive mood. Activities included henna decoration, face painting, pearl making, and traditional art and crafts for students and families.

The traditional sword celebration, ‘Arda’, was performed by students who also recited patriotic poems to express their love for Qatar. The events were aligned with QF’s mission to preserve the nation’s heritage, and instill a sense of pride among the young by enhancing their knowledge about Qatar’s cultural life. In order for students to learn more about Qatar’s heritage, history teachers organised a presentation in both English and Arabic explaining Qatar’s past and how the nation has been shaped to today’s dynamic environment.

Qatar Foundation Academies participate 2 [].jpgCommenting on the National Day celebrations, Dr Eric Sands, Qatar Academy Doha Director said: “Qatar Academy’s National Day celebration is a source of great pride for our community. From the student sword presentation (Arda) in the High School, to the variety of activities on offer throughout the campus, our community has embraced the wonderful spirit of friendship, tradition, and culture on display.” Qatar Academy Msheireb, a new QF member, hosted its first Qatar National Day celebration.  

Passionate about the celebrations, Qatar Academy Msheireb Director, Suad Abdulla Al- Kindi, spoke about National Day’s inspiration role in supporting progress towards the achievement of Qatar’s National Vision 2030. “Every year on 18 December, I renew my commitment to providing a quality education that celebrates authenticity and modernism in total synergy. Qatar National Day beholds the meaning of love, solidarity and loyalty among its people and towards Qatar’s leadership.”

Qatar Foundation Academies participate 3 [].jpgQatar Leadership Academy (QLA) students participated in Darb El-Saai festivities in addition to the Qatar National Day Military Parade on 18 December. Commenting on Qatar’s history and heritage, QLA Director Brigadier Ali Al Kuwari said: “Our nation is built on a history of brilliant generations, dating back to our first achievement, the Al-Wajba Battle. This was the turning point for the future of Qatar. “Qatar is full of traditions and a rich culture of Islamic values. Our flag honours those who have fought to protect Qatar, and is a reminder of the sacrifice of our nation's founders and heroes. For more than 100 years, we have been proud of our heroes and their achievements. This is why I live for and love Qatar.”

To celebrate Qatari culture, the Qatar Music Academy’s (QMA) Arab and Western music departments held a short concert featuring Western and Arab music. QMA also offered workshops in rhythm and percussion, as well as an interactive lecture by the Arab music department discussing Arab music origins and instruments. Excited to be a part of the festivities, QMA student Fatima Al-Jefairi said: “I love Qatar because it has made me feel like I matter and that I belong here. Qatar has given me more opportunities than I could ever ask for. Although Qatar is small in size, it makes up for it in its goals and ambition.”