Posted on August 28, 2018

The State of Qatar is always keen to invest in education which promotes its human and knowledge capital. It also invests in sustainable development efforts in all its economic, social, environmental and cultural forms, resulting in achieving its national vision.

Currently, there are 24 higher education entities in Qatar which includes universities, colleges, world-renowned institutes in terms of academic and research programs. These entities provide different scientific and literary disciplines, offering bachelor's, master's and doctorate, where international students are enrolled in, proving that Qatar has succeeded in localising education and knowledge.

Undersecretary of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education Dr Ibrahim bin Saleh al Nuaimi had recently directed the ministry's partners in education such as students, principals, parents and teachers to cooperate and enhance academic achievement between students. Al Nuaimi urged them to develop the culture of planning, work and achievement in the educational environment by introducing innovative administrative means leading to strong professional communities.

He urged teachers to be role models in their behaviour as well as teach the students effectively and creatively, meeting their individual differences. In addition, he urged them to manage classrooms efficiently and professionally and turn them into an interactive and lively education environment. Al Nuaimi called on students to take advantage of the opportunities and academic options provided by the wise leadership such as the facilitating academic achievements in all stages and from the best universities around the world.

He also highlighted the importance of partnering with parents which has been proven through educational research that it is one of the most successful means to increase academic achievements between students and improves their social and behavioural skills. He added that students whose parents participate in their education learn faster, become more motivated to attend school and score higher grades. They also establish unique social and behavioural skills and graduate with higher grades than their peers whose parents do not engage in their education.

Al Nuaimi urged parents to create an environment that promotes partnership with the school and meets the needs of their children, teach them and help them with time management and solving their homework. He also urged parents to achieve their children's future aspirations and invest in their education as it is an investment in building the nation. He further urged parents to partner with all the educational parties and develop innovative mechanisms for direct communication between them. Preparations for the start of the new school year are not limited to the Ministry of Education and Higher Education. It has also extended to stationary shops, where parents bought the needs for the new academic year of 2018/2019.

The ministry's preparations for the new season reflects the commitment of the country's leadership to education, as it is an important factor in realising Qatar National Vision 2030 and particularly its human capital component. The ministry will also introduce a number of extracurricular activities to help students gain many skills that are beyond the scope of a classroom. The integration of technology and the requirements of the digital economy is also something the ministry is very keen on promoting. The Ministry of Education and Higher Education stated that they Qatarized 80 percent of the upper and middle-income jobs, as part of its plans to develop national cadres that can lead the educational process.

The goals of the educational process, according to the ministry, remains to build up the skills of students in line with the requirements of the modern age, while helping them maintain the Qatari traditions and culture.