As many as 30 students from Qatar Foundation (QF) schools participated in an educational camp called ‘Discovery and Challenge’ that focused on developing essential life skills, fostering cultural awareness, and enhancing teamwork through a variety of activities.

The camp, which took place from May 3-17 at Museum of Islamic Art was a collaborative effort between QF Pre-University Education (PUE), the Internal Security Force, the Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs, and the Qatar Scouts and Guides Association.

Abdulmajeed Alhashmi, government relations co-ordinator, Student Affairs and Community Engagement at PUE, said: "The principal aim of our programme is to sharpen the scouting abilities of our young participants and improve their physical capabilities,” he continued. “The programme seeks to deepen their appreciation for Islamic heritage and history, instilling a profound sense of pride in our cultural legacy."

Ahmed Hamad al-Madahka, a 14-year-old student at Qatar Academy Al Khor, said: “Participating in the camp was an enlightening experience that broadened my horizons significantly. I had the opportunity to learn a variety of new skills – like first aid training, which equipped me with essential knowledge to help others in emergencies.

“Additionally, the military training taught me discipline, resilience, and the importance of teamwork in challenging situations. Also, I had the unique chance to explore Arabic calligraphy, discovering its beauty and complexity, which enriched my cultural understanding."

Saeed Mohammed al-Nabit, a 12-year-old student at Qatar Academy Doha who has participated in similar camps before, said his positive experiences made him eager to join this one. “This camp has been instrumental in teaching me valuable life skills like patience, self-confidence, and the importance of perseverance. I've learned that diligent effort invariably leads to positive results,” he said.

Another QAD student, Abdullah Faisal al-Dosari, who is also 12 years old, added: "Participating in the camp was a transformative experience for me. It taught me the value of discipline and the importance of starting my day early, which have significantly enhanced my productivity and focus."
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