Minister unveils development and growth plans for Qatar’s education system

Minister of Education and Higher Education HE Buthaina bint Ali Al Jabr Al Nuaimi

Doha: The Minister of Education and Higher Education HE Buthaina bint Ali Al Jabr Al Nuaimi announced four main axes for the development of the education system in Qatar over the next eight years, as part of the implementation of the Qatar National Vision 2030.

The Minister also announced four initiatives for the 2022-23 school year, based on the four axes.

In her address at the first pedagogical meeting organized by the ministry yesterday, the Minister said that the first axis of this system is the students whom we aspire to be lifelong scientific students, armed with knowledge and characterized by flexibility, passion, curiosity and creativity, by enhancing their achievements and ensuring their sustainability, equipping them with 21st century skills, instilling in them the values ​​of the Qatari identity, developing and enhancing them.

The second axis is the teachers we aspire to be role models who provide students with inspiration and motivation to grow and strive for excellence, targeting and attracting teachers and school leaders distinguished Qataris, training and developing them.

The Minister said that the third axis concerns the schools which we aspire to make them beacons of science and safe, advanced, rich and attractive environments, through the development of early education services, the increase in school enrollment rates , the construction of a global educational experience aimed at improving the quality of school life for students.

She noted that the fourth axis focuses on the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, which we aspire to transform into a center that builds and develops innovations and capacities, through the development of institutional capacities, while ensuring the highest level of transparency and accountability; in addition to partnering with families, the public and private sectors, to achieve efficiency, equality, inclusiveness, growth and innovation.

The Minister shed light on the new initiatives, noting that the first initiative is “Good Start”, a program to train and guide new teachers through advanced experience in training and professional development. The initiative also includes the launch of a training program for teachers and school leaders, in cooperation with local and international partners to provide high quality training for teachers and school administrators, he said. she adds.

Undersecretary of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education Dr. Ibrahim bin Saleh Al Nuaimi with other ministry officials at the meeting.

The second initiative, the Minister added, is “My school is my community”, which is a multi-axis initiative focusing on all dimensions of the quality of student life and on building an integrated personality. She said the third initiative is “Towards Excellence”, which will be implemented by designing different development paths for public schools, including performance improvement programs and procedures that match the needs of each school. separately.

The minister indicated that the fourth initiative is “School Change Leaders”, which aims to develop mechanisms for supporting and monitoring the performance of schools, in accordance with best practices for effective partnership between the ministry and the educational field, and to strengthen human resources. and institutional capacities to support positive transformation efforts in schools.

She recalled that these initiatives were designed under the guidance of experts and specialists from the ministry, and with the participation of representatives from the field, including teachers, school principals and students.

The Minister congratulated everyone on the occasion of the start of the new school year, noting that national education, over the past twenty years, has undergone many changes which have enriched it and enriched its experience, which would not have been possible. without the generous state support for the education sector, which this year received almost QR 17.8 billion, or 9% of the state budget.

The Minister explained that this sum is invested in the service of more than 350,000 students, distributed in more than 500 public and private schools, in addition to students in higher education, whether they are scholarship holders abroad, or in national institutions of higher education, which are 34 institutions and universities. offering 378 academic programs in various specialized educational streams.

She said there are more than 33 research and scientific institutions, in various fields including environment, energy, medicine, entrepreneurship, IT, social, humanitarian and educational studies, innovations technologies and sustainable development. “Today we have reached an advanced education system, but we will not stop at this limit of development. We look forward to further achievements, excellence and quality, so that our results are qualitative and competitive,” the minister said.

She added that during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, Qatar will celebrate the 70th anniversary of the establishment of formal education.

The meeting included an interactive seminar which was presented by the Acting Undersecretary for Higher Education, Dr. Khalid Al Ali; Assistant Under-Secretary for Educational Affairs, Maha Al Ruwaili; Deputy Assistant Secretary for Special Education Affairs, Omar Al Nama; Deputy Assistant Secretary for Evaluation Affairs Khalid Al Harqan; and the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Shared Services Affairs, Ali Al Buainain, where they all discussed Qatar’s interest in education and the importance of investing in it.