Posted on February 07, 2015

Set to join in the celebrations at Katara on Tuesday, Teach For Qatar is inviting the public to join in a variety of fun, yet educational, activities that illustrate just exactly how a healthy body results in a healthy mind. In an attempt to reinforce its core values of leadership, respect, collaboration, excellence and perseverance, Teach For Qatar will host football competitions throughout the day at its space in Katara, on Tuesday. Matches will be played on a custom-made mat representing a chalkboard.

“The Teach For Qatar ethos is based on the belief that through high quality education individuals can become champions on and off the playing field, since the success of any individual in any field is based on similar values that we believe in, and try to instill in our students, namely, respect, perseverance, collaboration, leadership and excellence,” said Dana Al Marri, a Teach For Qatar Fellow, at Amna bint Wahb Independent School for Girls. Teach For Qatar will also host a series of games that combine the use of mental and physical strength to complete a task, with the aim of demonstrating how education and sports go hand-in-hand.

Teach For Qatar to celebrate National 1  [qatarisbooming.com].jpg“National Sports Day is the perfect opportunity for us to apply the values we are taught, and continue to hone, throughout our Teach For Qatar Fellowship,” said Ibrahim Sowan, a Teach For Qatar Fellow, at Al Yarmook Independent School for Boys. “Both inside and outside my classroom, I try to be a role model for my students by participating in the school’s sports activities and attending my students’ Physical Education classes. I do this, in part, to encourage my students to play sports because it demonstrates just how values such as perseverance, on either a mathematics test or in a football match, can determine success or failure.”

With applications for the 2015-2017 Fellowship closing on the 1stof April, Teach For Qatar continues to promote its two-year leadership development and teaching program, and will also host an information booth at Katara on National Sports Day. “Joining the Teach For Qatar Fellowship is probably one of the best decisions of my life,as it has given me the opportunity to positively impact young minds that have the potential to become the leaders of tomorrow,” said Tala Hammash, a Teach For Qatar Fellow, who teaches English at Amna bint Wahb Independent School for Girls. “Additionally, my leadership and teaching experience so far merely reinforces my long-held belief that teaching is one of the most important yet undervalued professions within society.”

Founded by Her Excellency Sheikha Hind bint Hamad Al-Thani, Teach For Qatar is a local non-governmental organization (NGO) working to be part of the solution to the challenges faced by students in Qatar. It does this by reinvesting exceptionally talented leaders into the independent school system. By providing its Fellows with the opportunity to guide and inspire the country’s future leaders inside the classroom, Teach For Qatar is actively seeking to promote the value of teaching in the society.

The Teach For Qatar Fellowship is designed to positively impact students in Qatar, and by working with its partner schools it has identified English, Mathematics and Science as high priority subjects. The second cohort of Fellows, like the first - who began their placements in September last year - will teach those subjects to 7th and 8th grade students. The Teach For Qatar model is guided by the successes of Teach For All, an international network supporting organizations in 35 countries. As a member of Teach For All, Teach For Qatar has access to more than 20 years of research on training, recruitment, and leadership development that is tailored to Qatar’s unique context.

Teach For Qatar’s National Sports Day activities will be held from 9am to 10pm. For more information please visit www.teachforqatar.org and follow the latest updates on twitter and Instagram.

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