(MENAFN- Qatar Foundation ) Doha, Qatar, 24 January 2023: The brightest innovations in the field of pre-university education, created by educators in Qatar, have been celebrated as the winners of Qatar Spotlight – a joint initiative between Qatar Foundation and HundrED – were announced.
The ceremony at Multaqa (Education City Student Center) was attended by Her Excellency Buthaina bint Al Jabr Al Nuaimi, Minister of Education and Higher Education, with 10 winning innovations capable of being scaled around the world and making an impact on education at pre-university level being announced.
Her Excellency Al Nuaimi said: “I feel pride and happiness in the innovations of students and teachers that contribute to making education an enjoyable and attractive experience, and instill the value of research and exploration among our students.”
Speaking at the ceremony, Shk. Noof Ahmed Al Thani, Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships at Qatar Foundation’s Pre-University Education, said: "We are pleased with the large number of innovations submitted to this initiative, an indication of the success of its first edition in Qatar. It reflects the ability of educators in schools throughout Qatar to innovate.
“We are proud of the innovations presented today and their success in reaching the final stage, so that they can be recognized by people around the world. Every unique practice that can help children progress and thrive, however simple, is an innovation.
“We will continue to support educators and their innovations through our ongoing partnership with HundrED, and we invite everyone to apply and participate in the next editions of this initiative.”
Qatar Spotlight was launched during the 2019 LEAPS Summit through a partnership between QF's Pre-University Education and HundrED, a not-for-profit organization that identifies and shares innovations in K-12 education. The initiative aims to promote innovation in pre-university education, and to provide an opportunity to members of Qatar’s educational sector to submit their innovative education ideas, with Qatar Spotlight sharing the 10 most impactful and scalable submissions with a wider global network of educators.
The 10 winning projects from across Qatar are: the biotechnology and biomedical engineering program by Qatar Science & Technology Secondary School for Boys; the Ethics Curriculum from QF's Qatar Academy Al Wakra; the Farm Your Country program by Al Faisal Without Boarders Foundation; Glocalization Initiative by QF's Tariq Bin Ziad School; the Museum in Residence Project by Qatar Children's Museum at Sherborne Qatar Preparatory School; the My Friend Robot project by Zainab Preparatory School for Girls; Quests by QF’s Academyati; the Science and Sustainability Club project by QF’s Qatar Academy Sidra; the Science Book Forum Project by Qatar National Library; and the Virtual Learning Resources project by Juwayriyah bint Al-Harith Primary School for Girls.
"At HundrED, we have felt privileged to be able to work today and in the future with the Qatar education system,” said Lasse Leponiemi, Executive Director of HundrED. “When we started the process in 2019 together with Qatar Foundation, we could not have imagined what was waiting for us.
“When the COVID-19 pandemic hit the world in early 2020, it was clear that the education sector was going through tremendous changes and challenges. Schools closed, we moved to distance and hybrid learning, and all over the world teachers were doing their best to support students.
"Today, I want to congratulate all educators, teachers and other stakeholders. Through collaboration, dedication, and love of learning, you have managed to support young people through these challenging years.”
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