(MENAFN - The Peninsula) QNA
Minister of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs H E Dr Ghaith bin Mubarak Al Kuwari and Minister of Education and Higher Education H E Dr. Mohammed Abdul Wahed Ali Al Hammadi inaugurated yesterday the First Ihsan School in Umm Ghuwailina.
The ceremony was attended by a number of officials from Education Above All Foundation (EAA).
The First Ihsan School was established in partnership between the Education Above All Foundation (EAA), the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs and the Ministry of Education and Higher Education to address financial problems and the age and educational gap faced by children of non-Arab communities in Qatar, as the school provides free education.
The school aims to ensure a good learning environment by providing children with better facilities. The school includes 36 classrooms, accommodating 400 students, prepared to work in two sessions to accommodate 800 students.
Minister of Education and Higher Education said that the school serves the community members from non-Arabic students who find it financially and socially difficult to enroll in schools.
He said the school operates in coordination and cooperation between the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs and EAA.
H E Al Hammadi said the school operates on the special curriculum for students who speak non-Arabic, which is the Cambridge English curriculum, adding that a second school will soon be launched with an Arab curriculum.
He said the school building is one of the older schools that are over 50 years old. The building has been renovated and rehabilitated in the old style, pointing out that the ministry has provided other buildings for community schools in Qatar.
Director of the General Department of Endowments Sheikh Dr. Khaled bin Mohammed bin Ghanem Al Thani said the school is one of the pioneering educational initiatives of the endowment bank for scientific and cultural development as well as a vivid embodiment of the community partnership with various sectors, noting that the school will provide basic education.
He said that school was built at a cost over QR4m, excluding maintenance, where the Ministry of Education and Higher Education will cover most of these expenses. He noted that the school includes 354 students who were unable to afford to complete their education.
He said the school is of good quality in terms of teaching and is approved by more than one entity, giving student access to quality education. The school classrooms hold the best equipment. He said the teaching will be in English and Arabic, and will teach Shari'a and the history of Qatar, pointing out that the school is considering the decisions adopted by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education.
EAA programs director Mariam Al Mannai said EAA launched a program in partnership with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education and Qatar National Commission for Education, Culture and Science and has been designed, developed and implemented under EAA.
The program was designed for children to ensure that they have equal access to quality education. The program was updated on January 1, 2017 as a program that seeks to reach children who have not previously been enrolled in a school and contributes to mitigating factors that hinder access to educational opportunities that meet their basic aspirations.
Managing director of the school Mohammed Khan Zadeh thanked all stakeholders for their interest in supporting education for children living in limited circumstances and possibilities. He added that the number of registered students reached 350 and the registration process is still ongoing and will reopen mid-August before the next semester. He said that the curriculum model of the school is based on a comprehensive educational program, which focuses on the development of basic learning skills of students.