Ibtechar, Qatar’s leading practical innovation solutions provider, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Ras Laffan Community Outreach Programme (COP), to instill a culture of discovery and make as well as boost practical innovation among preparatory and high schools in Qatar.
As part of the four-year agreement, beginning this year, Ibtechar’s Sanea programme will be delivered under the patronage of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MoEHE).
Sanea will serve as an accelerator of the ministry’s e-learning strategy that seeks to increase the adoption of e-learning methodologies and advanced educational technologies in Qatar’s public schools in order to enhance education outcomes.
"The MoU builds from our long-standing commitment to building Qatar’s knowledge-based economy by nurturing the next wave of tech innovators in the country through comprehensive learning experiences and the inculcation of practical innovation skills,” said Nayef al-Ibrahim, chief executive officer and co-founder of Ibtechar.
The partnership will follow a strategic approach to provide a transformative and holistic experience to students and teachers embarking on the Sanea journey each year. All participating schools will be empowered with dedicated makerspaces/labs consisting of cutting-edge technologies and materials to inspire creativity, stimulate exploration and enable hands-on experimenting.
This year’s edition of the Sanea competition engages schools in the northern region of Qatar and is being delivered under the exclusive sponsorship of COP. Ten schools are participating in the current edition of Sanea. However, the partnership envisions spreading the Sanea programme across 25 schools in the northern areas in the next three years.
The Sanea programme was first introduced in 2016 and since then has benefitted more than 3,200 Qatari youths with the tools required in order to enable the mindset of discovery, research and creative thinking.
As part of this, Ibtechar has trained over 300 teachers to ensure students benefit from technical and mentoring advice needed to deliver the projects that include over 200 submissions to date.
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