(MENAFN - The Peninsula) By Irfan Bukhari | The Peninsula
DOHA: Chargé d'Affaires of the US Embassy in Qatar, Ryan Gliha has said that as many as 1,500 Qatari students are studying in Unites States and the embassy was facilitating and encouraging more students to study in the US.
The US Embassy, in partnership with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education and VCUarts Qatar, yesterday celebrated the winners of the fourth annual ‘Young Writers Competition'.
Students from 135 Ministry schools participated in this year's competition, making it the largest ever Young Writers Program. The winning entries will be featured in the Fourth Volume of the 'Young Writers Journal which will be published by the US Embassy in July 2018.
Talking to media on the sidelines of the event, Ryan Gliha said that Young Writers Competition was the most important engagement of US Embassy with students of schools in Qatar. He said that great partnership between the US Embassy and the Ministry of Education and Higher Education had played important role in making the initiative a great success. The Chargé d'Affaires said that the Embassy would further expand the programme to include more schools in future.
The Chargé d'Affaires of the US Embassy noted that Young Writers Competition was promoting English language education and sharpening critical thinking skills. 'The US and Qatar have a lot of cooperation in education field and the Embassy in Doha is helping the ministry and educational institutes to prepare students for higher education in the United States, he added.
He expressed his pride in six US universities operating in Qatar. He said that around 1,500 Qatari students are studying in hundreds of different universities in the US in various fields such as engineering, politics, humanities, etc. He said the role of education and language was very important to bring people closer and enhance cooperation among them.
Earlier, addressing the award ceremony, US Chargé d'Affaires, Ryan Gliha, congratulated all the students who participated in this year's competition and commended the efforts of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education and their teachers for their support.
'I would like to extend my sincere thanks to the Ministry of Education and Higher Education and their dedicated core of educators and students for making the Young Writers Program such a success. The amazing turnout at this year's competition is evidence of Qatar's strong educational values, and the desire of young people in this country to achieve academic excellence.
The Young Writers Competition is part of the larger Young Writers Program, designed to encourage Qatar's youth to read, write and think critically about important topics in their society. Since the program's inception in 2014, students from more than 135 Ministry schools in Qatar have participated in the program through writing workshops and the annual writing competition.
The programme is a joint partnership between the US Embassy Qatar and the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, with substantial support from VCUarts Qatar. Students from grade 5, grade 8 and grade 10 took part in the competition and five students from each grade were awarded yesterday.