Ministry of Education, Higher Education to QNA: Arab Reading Challenge Win Reflects Development of Qatar’s Education System

Doha, Dr. Abdullah Al Marri, who is the director of the curricula and educational resources department at the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, affirmed that the crowning of student Abdullah Mohammed Abdullah Al Bari from Omar Bin Al Khattab Preparatory School for Boys with as champion of the Arab reading challenge, at the conclusion of the competition held in Dubai in the UAE represented a significant advancement in the educational system in Qatar. This success represents an extension of the series of achievements the country has attained in various fields.

Al Marri, in a statement to the Qatari News Agency , said that Al Bari deserves this win due to his diligence, determination, and perseverance for success. He consistently and rightfully secured top and advanced positions.

Meanwhile, Hassan Abdullah Al Maraghi, who is the director of Omar Bin Al Khattab Preparatory School for Boys, regarded Al Bari’s victory as a collective success and a source of pride and esteem for everyone, including the student’s family, school, teachers, and the entire educational system in Qatar.

Al Maraghi, in a similar statement to QNA, acknowledged the Arab reading challenge competition and its organizers. He also praised the Ministry of Education and Higher Education for their significant role in preparing and encouraging students, as well as providing all forms of support for their participation in both local and international competitions.

Al Bari expressed his happiness in a statement to QNA about his achievement and being crowned champion makes him feel proud, especially given there were 24 million participants. He expressed his hope that this was a prelude to further success in his academic and personal life.

The competition aims to enhance the importance of reading among participating students on an Arab and global level, establishing academic and intellectual achievement as a daily culture in their lives. It also aims to instill a love for knowledge, reading, and learning in the new generations, equipping them with the necessary knowledge to contribute to building a better future, refining their abilities and personalities. Additionally, it aims to build the ethical system of the youth by exposing them to the values, customs, and beliefs of other cultures, thus reinforcing principles of tolerance, coexistence, acceptance of others, promoting dialogue, and fostering cultural and humanitarian openness.

Source: Qatar News Agency

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Doha, Here is a summary of local news released on Monday: – HH the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani received a phone call on Monday from HE President of the European Council Charles Michel.

– HH the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani received a phone call on Monday from HE Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau.

– HH the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani sent a cable of congratulations to HE Daniel Noboa on the occasion of his election as President of the Republic of Ecuador, wishing him success and the relations between the two countries further development and growth.

– HH the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani sent a cable of condolences to HE President of Hungary Katalin Novak on the death of former Hungarian President Laszlo Solyom.

– HH the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani issued Monday Amiri Decision No. 82 of 2023 appointing Ahmed Abdullah Ali Al Jibran Al Buainain as Secretary-General of the Qatar National Archive.

– HH the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani received a written message from HE President of the sisterly Arab Republic of Egypt Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, which included an invitation to His Highness to participate in a summit to discuss the developments and future of the Palestinian cause and the peace process, due to be held Oct. 21 in Cairo.

– HH the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani issued on Monday Amiri decision No. 80 of 2023 appointing Sheikh Mubarak bin Fahad bin Jassim bin Mohammed Al-Thani as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Sultanate of Oman.

– HH the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani received two written messages from the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, including an invitation to His Highness to participate in the summit of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in October, and an invitation to partake in the Arab-African Summit in November, which are scheduled to be held in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

– In the implementation of HH the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani’s directives, a Qatari plane carrying 37 tons of food and medical aid, provided by the Qatar Fund for Development, headed Monday to Al Arish, the Arab Republic of Egypt, to be brought into the Gaza Strip.

– HH the Deputy Amir Sheikh Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Thani sent a cable of congratulations to HE Daniel Noboa on the occasion of his election as President of the Republic of Ecuador.

– HH the Deputy Amir Sheikh Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Thani sent a cable of condolences to HE President of Hungary Katalin Novak on the death of former Hungarian President Laszlo Solyom.

– HE Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al-Thani sent a cable of congratulations to HE Daniel Noboa on the occasion of his election as President of the Republic of Ecuador.

– HE Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al-Thani sent a cable of condolences to HE Prime Minister of Hungary Viktor Orban, on the death of former Hungarian President Laszlo Solyom.

– HE Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al-Thani met on Monday with HE Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia and Special Representative of the President of Russia for the Middle East and African Countries Mikhail Bogdanov.

– Political discussions were held in Doha today between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of the State of Qatar and the Russian Federation. The Qatari side was headed by HE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Sultan bin Saad Al Muraikhi, while the Russian side was headed by HE Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Special Representative of the Russian President for the Middle East and African countries Mikhail Bogdanov.

– Shura Council participated in the emergency webinar of the Parliamentary Union of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Member States (PUIC) addressing the dangerous developments in Gaza and the Palestinian Territories.

– Under the patronage of HE Minister of Social Development and Family Maryam bint Ali bin Nasser Al Misnad, the Family Consulting Center (Wifaq) organized a seminar to discuss the opinions and attitudes of youths toward marriage in Qatari society under the title “first year of marriage…understanding and agreement”.

– Under the patronage of HE Minister of Interior and Commander of Lekhwiya Force Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, a workshop kicked off on Monday at the Officers Club of the General Directorate of Civil Defense on the role of Imams and preachers in promoting values among young people and maintaining ties and family security.

– The State of Qatar announced the successful family reunification process of Ukrainian children with their families in Ukraine, considering it an important step towards reuniting the rest of children affected by the Russia-Ukraine war with their families.

– The State of Qatar will host the Middle East and North African edition of World Summit AI, an important global conference in the field of artificial intelligence, during the last quarter of 2024.

– The State of Qatar, represented in the National Cyber Security Agency (NCSA), participated in the 5th Cyber Security Education and Research Conference, held in the State of Kuwait.

– Qatar emphasized the necessity of finding a just and equitable solution to the Palestinian issue to achieve international peace and security, and to halt the cycle of violence in the region. This came in a speech delivered by HE Minister of Justice Masoud bin Mohammed Al Amri, during the opening of the 61st session of the Asian-African Legal Consultative Organization (AALCO) meetings in Bali.

– The State of Qatar participated in the 15th meeting of Their Excellencies Attorneys General and Public Prosecutors of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states, which was held in Muscat today.

– The State of Qatar provided educational devices to two schools in the Mpumalanga province of the Republic of South Africa. The handover of the devices was carried out by Acting Charge d’Affaires at the Embassy of the State of Qatar in the Republic of South Africa Khalid Mohammed Al Sharshani during a ceremony attended by HE Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of South Africa Candith Mashego-Dlamini. (MORE)

Source: Qatar News Agency

Education Minister congratulates male & female teachers on International Teachers’ Day occasion

The Minister of Education, Yahya Badr al-Din al-Houthi, congratulated teachers on the occasion of International Teachers’ Day 2023, which falls on the fifth of October every year.

In a congratulatory message to male and female teachers, the Minister of Education referred to the legendary contributions of esteemed male and female teachers, makers of minds and knowledge, and builders of the rising generations who painted pictures of dedication and hard work for the sake of science, knowledge and enlightenment.

He expressed the highest expressions of appreciation, gratitude and reverence for the great people who have tirelessly carried out their educational mission over nine years of aggression and siege, overcoming the suffering and challenges resulting from the aggression and siege.

He praised the steadfastness of male and female teachers and educators on the education front, their sense of responsibility in performing their educational mission, and their keenness to continue education… wishing them success in all their work and tasks.

Education Minister appreciated the efforts of the teaching and educational staff in making the educational process a success , continuing , improving the performance of education despite the current difficulties and challenges.

Source: Yemen News Agency

Execution of a death sentence against a convict who killed a university Professor in Dhi Qar

The Dhi Qar Criminal Court issued a death sentence against a convict for the murder of a university professor in the city of Nasiriyah on 17/3/2023.

The media center of the Supreme Judicial Council stated in a statement that “the convict killed a university professor in agreement with his cousin, who promised to buy him a residential apartment if he joined him in this crime, which was carried out in front of (the victim’s) house and while he was leaving for official work.”

It continued, “The court issued its ruling based on the provisions of Article 406/1/A of the Penal Code and the meaning of subscription articles 47, 48, and 49.”

Source: National Iraqi News Agency

Technical Education confirms its support for revolutionary leadership

The Ministry of Technical Education and Vocational Training and all its institutions confirmed their support for the measures that will be taken by the revolution leader , Sayyed Abdul-Malik Al-Houthi, to bring about radical changes to correct the conditions of state institutions.

The Ministry confirmed in a statement, a copy of which was received by the Yemeni News Agency (Saba), that it stands with the revolutionary leadership and the Supreme Political Council in implementing the stages and steps of the expected radical change and correcting the reality in state institutions.

The statement reiterated the Ministry and its institutions’ emphasis on continuing to confront the aggression, pushing back injustice against the Yemeni people, and striving to achieve the goals of liberating and saving the country and for the people to obtain their right to freedom and complete independence.

Source: Yemen News Agency

University of Doha for Science and Technology and Edaa Announce Landmark Collaboration

University of Doha for Science and Technology (UDST) and Edaa, Qatars Central Securities Depository, announced a strategic Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to bolster cooperation between the two institutions.

The MoU was signed by President of UDST Dr. Salem Al Naemi and HE CEO of Edaa Sheikh Saif Abdulla Al-Thani.

Dr. Salem Al Naemi said: “This partnership could not have come at a better time. The connection between educational institutions and businesses is increasingly crucial as the workforce environments young people must enter are becoming more competitive. We strive to offer our students unparalleled experiences to provide them an edge in the labor market, and our MoU with Edaa is both an exciting step forward and a concrete example of this philosophy.” For his part, HE Sheikh Saif Abdulla Al-Thani said, “Our collaboration with UDST demonstrates our commitment to nurturing local talent, as well as injecting the financial sector with a fresh perspective. Through this partnership, we envision a brighter future for both the academic and financial communities in Qatar.” The MoU serves as a cooperative framework, establishing a roadmap for mutual growth and shared learning in several areas, including the facilitation of student internships and work placements at Edaa, enabling UDST students access to real-world exposure.

Both UDST and Edaa are optimistic that the collaboration will serve as a cornerstone for future partnerships, setting a benchmark for the financial sectors collaboration with academia in Qatar and the region at large.

Other activities under the agreement include shared research initiatives to fuse theoretical knowledge with practical applications, training and professional development for the wider UDST community, collaborative projects focused on innovation, and data and knowledge sharing strategies to promote a culture of collective growth.

As the countrys leading university specialized in applied academic, technical, and vocational education, UDST is positioned to play a pivotal role in training the next generation of financial experts.

Edaa, a service company licensed by the Qatar Financial Markets Authority, is a true standard-setter in the realm of safekeeping, clearing, settlement of securities, derivatives, and several other financial instruments.

The MoU serves to bridge the gap between education and workplace, offering unique opportunities to UDST students, whilst enriching the services offered by Edaa.

Source: Qatar News Agency

Dar Al-Kalima University concludes the ‘Tales from Palestine’ festival in Germany and Austria

The Bethlehem-based Dar Al-Kalima University, in partnership with the German Association for Adult Education, concluded yesterday the ‘Tales from Palestine’ project in Germany and Austria, where a delegation from Dar Al-Kalima University’s administration and students presented the event to hundreds of audiences in these two European countries. Vice President of Dar Al-Kalima University for Development, Rana Khoury, said, ‘Today we conclude the activities of the ‘Tales from Palestine’ festival, which was organized in several cities in Germany and Austria, with a distinguished and diverse attendance exceeding 2000 people. The importance and success of the festival lie in its ability to create new creative, participatory spaces as well as the extent of audience interaction and the groups, some of which for the first time hear about Palestine, with the various activities presented by our students and partners from various Palestinian villages, including music, photo exhibitions, fine art, handicrafts, traditional foods, and others, all of which expressed the deep-rooted, authenticity, and diversity of our Palestinian heritage and culture for the geographic areas.’ Professor Issam Awad, director of the Tales from Palestine project said: ‘At the conclusion of this great event, we thank our partners in the German Association for Adult Education in Palestine and the Federal Republic of Germany, and our partners in Vienna Acts in Austria, in addition to our eight partners in the adult education centers in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and Jerusalem, for their support. I hope to renew cooperation and build on this three-year-old project that is nearing its end.’ The festival included artistic and cultural workshops, art exhibitions, and exhibitions of heritage products, in addition to musical performances under the supervision of the Palestinian musician Marwan Abado and his students, the Greek qanun player Sophia Labropoulou and her students, and the participation of Dar Al-Kalima University students Abdel Fattah al-Qawasmi and Mahmoud Shanaa from the Master’s in Arts Therapy program, and Bechara al-Maso, from the Bachelor of Performing Arts program, specializing in music, in addition to singer Omar al-Adam. The festival also included the screening of three films directed by graduates of Dar Al-Kalima University. The first film is titled ‘Ambience’ by Wissam Jaafari, the second film is titled ‘Your Words Were a Song,’ the project film by Thaer al-Azza, and the third film is ‘Sarri Merry’ by Louay Awad. The Palestinian community and attendees in Germany and Austria expressed their joy, interaction, and excitement at the festival as the Palestinian heritage songs were admired by the Palestinian community amidst warm applause. The festival concluded with an artistic and cultural evening that included many musical and heritage performances and the presentation of Palestinian food, as Dar Al-Kalima University constantly organizes international and local exhibitions, activities, festivals, and artistic and cultural weeks.

Source: En – Palestine news & Information Agency – WAFA

RACA Discusses Harnessing AI to Serve Charitable Work

In cooperation with Qatar University and Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), the Regulatory Authority for Charitable Activities (RACA) held a meeting to discuss artificial intelligence (AI) and its relation to charitable and developmental work.

The meeting discussed ways to harness AI to serve the charitable work in the State of Qatar to develop this sector and achieve the desired goals, especially about methods of directing assistance to the most groups in need, predicting crises and humanitarian needs, engaging donors and volunteers, interacting with the public and beneficiaries, data analysis and strategic direction, and Improving project and resource management through AI.

The meeting discussed many items, suggestions, and initial ideas that AI can contribute to serving Qatari charitable work, most notably data analysis and strategic direction, what it can provide in helping charitable organizations in that regard, extracting patterns and trends, and the possibility of using this information to determine needs and priorities, thus improving the planning of charitable programs and projects.

Among the ideas discussed at the meeting were communicating and involving donors and volunteers, designing targeted awareness campaigns, or improving the online donation experience, in addition to improving project and resource management by analyzing data and identifying places that need more focus and support.

These ideas and proposals will require a rigorous scientific effort and the preparation of studies on transforming these ideas into applied work mechanisms and implementing them in cooperation between the concerned and competent authorities. (QNA)

Source: Qatar News Agency

MOEHE Launches Program to Develop Skills of Public School Leaders

The Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MOEHE) announced the launch of a program to develop the skills of public school leaders, where the training begins on Sept. 24, 2023, and continues until Feb. 2024.

Director of the Training and Development Center at the MOEHE Iman Salman Al Mohannadi said that MOEHE, specifically the Training and Development Centre, is working to develop the skills of all members of the educational field to achieve the Qatar National Vision 2030 and the Human Development Pillar.

Al Mohannadi stressed the importance of the role of school leadership in improving student learning and creating a school environment conducive to learning, adding that the idea of the program emerged to train a number of school leaders in cooperation with the Qatar Leadership Center (QLC) and Harvard University, one of the most prestigious universities in the United States of America.

She explained that the program targets Qatari principals and academic deputies of both genders in 45 primary, middle and secondary government schools. The training modules were designed and prepared at Harvard University and will be presented by a group of lecturers, including the head of the Harvard Graduate School of Studies.

She stated that the program will provide field educational experiences and 7 training modules, of which five will be offered in the State of Qatar and two in the United States of America. The trainee will receive a certificate (without a degree) from Harvard University.

In a statement to Qatar News Agency , Director of the Training and Development Center at the MOEHE Iman Salman Al Mohannadi stressed the importance of the program to develop the skills of government school leaders in the State of Qatar in cooperation with the QLC, which targets categories of Qatari government school leaders of both genders, a Principal and Deputy Academic.

She noted that the program will begin in Sept. 2023 and end in Feb. 2024, and one of its objectives is to develop the skills of school leaders and some concepts about human resource management and improve learning outcomes.

Source: Qatar News Agency

NCSA Provides Cybersecurity Training to Institute of Public Administration Trainees

The National Cyber Security Agency (NCSA) organized a cybersecurity training course in collaboration with the Institute of Public Administration of the Civil Services and Government Development Bureau of Qatar in an effort to ensure digital safety awareness in an electronic workspace.

The program aims to raise awareness and train 560 Qatari employees over two years as part of the NCSA’s partnership in the Institute of Public Administration 2023 training plan, covering the training needs of 54 government agencies subject to the Civil Human Resources Law.

In this regard, National Cyber Excellence Department Director at NCSA Dalal Al Aqeedi stressed the importance of the partnership and cooperation between NCSA and the Civil Services and Government Development Bureau of Qatar, especially through its Institute of Public Administration, in enhancing the country’s employee cybersecurity competencies. She added that trainee needs were taken into account, whereby training programs were offered at various dates and times. Additionally, she said that this year two cybersecurity workshops were offered: one basic level and the other advanced, delivered virtually and in person.

Al Aqeedi pointed out that seven foundational courses were completed this year, equipping trainees with the knowledge and tools to deal with electronic threats with high efficiency, adding that another nine advanced courses were also completed.

Training tackled topics such as data security, cybersecurity risks, and cybersecurity best practices, securing state institutions and ensuring work continuity, in line with Qatar National Cyber Security Strategy.

Source: Qatar News Agency

An outstanding student appeals to charitable people to help him complete his university studies

Muhannad is in his fourth year of study at the university. He obtained a 95% average in high school and was able to enroll in the College of Engineering, to obtain in all his semesters the distinction of “Academic Excellence” and to be on the honor board and among the top students in the college. However, all of that He was unable to obtain a scholarship to continue his educational career without worry.

Muhannad is from a needy family. The father abandoned his family and there is no breadwinner for the family. He and his sister are forced to work outside of their university work to provide the basics of the house, including food and drink, in addition to the monthly house rent, which amounts to a thousand shekels. His mother suffers from high blood pressure and heart diseases, and her health condition is unstable.

Muhannad hopes to continue his university studies until he obtains a university degree that will provide him and his family with a better future. He would like to register for his first semester and may lose his university seat if his university fees of 5,225 shekels are not available.

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Source: Maan News Agency