Qatar Museums hosts Teachers Council event
December 22 2016 11:18 PM
MIA’s learning and outreach deputy director Salem Abdulla al-Aswad.

Qatar Museums’ (QM) second Teachers Council forum yesterday brought together more than 150 teachers from independent schools across Qatar at the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA). The forum complemented last month’s event that saw 200 teachers from international schools attending. It aims to enrich people’s lives by educating them on the value of art, heritage and creativity.
At the forum, QM’s senior leadership spoke with teachers and invited them to share their opinions and feedback on QM’s educational programmes and resources. 
Participants were also asked to suggest new ideas for QM’s future programmes. The event provided teachers with an opportunity to collaborate more closely with QM, learn more about its institutions, and discover the wide range of learning resources and professional development opportunities, including a Teacher Training programme.
QM chairperson HE Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani personally welcomed teachers at the start of the event, and invited them to engage more closely with the organisation. Some of the speakers included QM CEO and chairperson’s special adviser Mansoor bin Ebrahim al-Mahmoud, MIA’s learning and outreach deputy director Salem Abdulla al-Aswad, and Doha Film Institute CEO Fatima al-Rumaihi.
Following the forum, participants were given a tour of the galleries at MIA and were shown a demonstration of QM’s ‘hands on’ teaching practices. They were also given an opportunity to visit MIA’s Education Centre, and the library, among several other areas.
“The levels of engagement for our Teachers Council events have been extremely positive, and both events have been a great success,” Sheikha Al Mayassa said in a statement.
“At QM, we seek to align our array of educational offerings and learning opportunities with teachers’ interests and the school curriculum, to successfully enrich lives, broaden horizons and stimulate the creativity within the community,” the QM chairperson noted. QM offers a wide selection of educational programmes and activities across the country all year around. 
MIA offers learning opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds to enjoy and take part in, including regular exhibition tours, art classes, calligraphy classes and object handling workshops.  All activities and workshops aim to strengthen family bonds, develop creativity, build confidence and improve communication skills.

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