Qatar Foundation’s fourth annual Teaching and Learning conference attracts more than 1,000 participants
More than 1,000 teachers, education leaders and policymakers from across Qatar and the region attended Qatar Foundation’s fourth annual Teaching and Learning Forum at the Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC) today.
The event organized by the Education Development Institute (EDI), part of QF’s Pre-University Education (PUE), aims to showcase the most dynamic, innovative and effective presentations and workshops from top international education professionals. This year’s forum, sponsored by ExxonMobil in Qatar, was further designed to inspire and motivate teachers to reach for the highest level of student engagement and achievement.
The forum featured international experts, motivational speakers and authors in the field of education, technology and leadership, including astronaut Dr. Mae Jemison, who gave the keynote speech at the conference’s opening session. Dr. Jemison was the first African American woman to travel in space, and NASA’s first science specialist, performing experiments in material science, life science and human adaptation to weightlessness.
The Teaching and Learning Forum falls under QF’s year-round professional development program, and is designed to provide educators with the opportunity to share knowledge and discuss industry issues, while enhancing the education system by empowering teachers.
Commenting on the forum, Buthaina Al Nuaimi, President of PUE, QF, said: “In just four years, EDI’s Teaching and Learning Forum has become one of the premiere annual teaching conferences not only in Qatar, but throughout the region. This important forum constitutes an integral part of QF’s drive to ensure innovation and knowledge sharing remain central to building creative educational strategies and to helping our teachers prepare today’s young men and women with the skills, knowledge, and tools they need to face the challenges of tomorrow.”
This year’s forum featured presentations from more than 40 schools and organizations from across the region, including teachers from QF and other local schools, bringing together a diverse range of experiences and innovation led practice.
Sheikha Noof Ahmed Al-Thani, Executive Director of EDI, PUE, commented: “The Teaching and Learning Forum strives to lay down the foundations for a culture of excellence, by exchanging expertise, ideas and best practices, and encouraging teachers to enhance their professional skills continuously. The success of this year’s edition will certainly contribute to the amelioration of the standard of education in Qatar, producing graduates and global citizens who will ultimately lead Qatar to become a more sustainable and diverse economy.”
Additional guest speakers included Mrs. Katherine Merseth and Dr. Deborah Jewell Sherman, both leading educators at the Harvard Graduate School of Education; Dr. Mahmoud Al Batal, a leading author and voice in Arabic language education; and Mr. Tom Shimmer, an independent education consultant from Vancouver, Canada, who is an internationally recognized expert in the areas of assessment, grading, RTI, and educational leadership.
Alistair Routledge, President and General Manager for ExxonMobil Qatar said: “We are delighted to be involved in Education Development Institute’s Teaching and Learning Forum 2017 once again as its main sponsor. This important event is in line with our broader efforts to help improve the quality of education in Qatar’s schools by providing teachers with the tools and skills needed to inspire students to excel, especially in STEM subjects. We believe that quality education ultimately helps citizens work together to create strong, sustainable institutions and societies.”
Through the Teaching and Learning Forum, EDI, is supporting QF’s mission to promote a culture of lifelong learning in Qatar and to further advance its commitment to education in helping shape the future of the nation.
Qatar Foundation (QF) is a non-profit organization made up of more than 50 entities working in education, research, and community development.
Our unique ecosystem—supported by partnerships with leading international institutions—is built on initiatives that address our most pressing challenges, create global opportunities, and empower people to shape our present and future.
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