Qatar Museums (QM) successfully held its annual Teacher’s Council meeting for Arabic-speaking teachers to inform them about QM’s upcoming educational programmes and exhibitions for 2019. Held at the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA), the event gathered a large number of school representatives and teachers who were introduced to QM’s vision of creating a strong museum education sector in the country. A similar Council meeting for English-speaking teachers took place last week.
Through a series of presentations, QM representatives from MIA, National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ), the Archaeology Department and the Education Department introduced educational resources and initiatives that can be integrated into the national school curriculum currently being taught across Qatar’s government schools. Following the session, MIA’s museum guides gave participants an exclusive tour at the ongoing Syria Matters exhibition. The annual Teachers Council is an initiative set up by QM under the patronage of its Chairperson HE Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani.
Another such initiative is the Executive Teacher’s Council – an interactive platform where teachers work closely with QM to develop and offer feedback on the institution’s learning resources. Currently, MIA, Mathaf, the Fire Station and Al Zubarah are home to several community workshops and learning initiatives. With NMoQ set to open in March of this year, the country’s museum education offerings are expected to be further enriched.