Posted on March 18, 2018

The National Center for Educational Development (NCED) at Qatar University College of Education (QU-CED) held the Second Lesson Study Project Forum on March 15, aimed to highlight the progress and accomplishments of the project during the past four years.

The event was organized in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education and sponsored by Marubeni Company. It is part of the ongoing collaboration between CED and Tokyo Gakugei University. Attendees included QU Chief Strategy and Development Officer Dr Darwish Al-Emadi, CED Dean Dr Ahmed Al-Emadi, Ambassador of Japan to Qatar H.E. Seiichi Otsuka, NCED Director Dr Abdullah M Abu-Tineh, Researcher at Tokyo Gakugei University and IMPULS Project Manager Dr Akihiko Takahashi, and representatives of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education and Marubeni Company, as well as school teachers and CED faculty.

The event’s presentation focused on emphasizing the process of the “Lesson Study” project in the classroom. Ms Ruba Al Said, 2nd Grade Teacher at Al-Markhya Primary School, and Ms Hana Al-Ashwal, CED Professional Development Specialist, displayed a model lesson and practices involving classroom students. Following the lesson, Mrs Anbara Al-Abdullah facilitated a panel discussion on the lesson progress and students involvement lead by Dr Akihiko Takahashi. In his remarks, Dr Ahmed Al-Emadi said: “Through hosting the Second Lesson Study Project Forum, CED demonstrates its commitment to make a positive impact on the performance of educators in the state of Qatar through various professional development opportunities and research projects designed to inspire teachers to reach their greatest potential as highly competent educators.”

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H.E. Seiichi Otsuka extended his thanks and appreciation to all parties involved in implementing the project and the continuous support from QU, the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, as well as Marubini Company for their efforts. H.E. Seiichi Otsuka referred in his speech to how difficult is learning mathematics in the traditional ways, as he remembers, yet visiting several schools and watching the “Lesson Study” project in practice, he was able to recognize the impact of the project on student involvement in the learning process.

Dr Abdullah M Abu-Tineh said: “This event reflects the significant role of NCED in training teachers and in serving as a bridge between learning and teaching practices”. He also highlighted the center’s ongoing efforts to promote education and identify challenges that students face daily. He added: “NCED will continue to deliver on its mission and vision to be a center of distinction in building local educational capacity in the state of Qatar and a model national center in the region, recognized for high quality and research-based professional learning opportunities and programs.”