Over 1,000 delegates from more than 25 countries are attending the Education Conference 2019, inaugurated by HE the Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani on Wednesday at Qatar National Convention Centre.
The event is a scientific platform to share local, regional and international experiences in the educational field, official Qatar News Agency (QNA) reported. The opening ceremony was attended by a number of dignitaries including ministers and other guests.
Addressing the conference, HE the Minister of Education and Higher Education Mohamed Abdul Wahed al-Hammadi said Qatar achieved advanced scientific rankings in the Arab region and the world in education, thanks to the continuous support of the wise leadership and guidance from His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani and the efforts of the students and those working in the education field.
HE the Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani, Gambian Minister of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology Badara Joof and other dignitaries and officials touring the exhibition accompanying the Education Conference 2019.
The Fourth Annual International Education Conference, described as one of Qatar’s biggest educational events of the year, has educators and administrators deliberating over two days under the theme 'Education Makes a Difference'.
HE Mohamed al-Hammadi explained that the Ministry of Education aims to make a real difference in the educational process, stressing that it has achieved in this context a qualitative leap in the formation of the curricula and was able to implement them at the beginning of this year with no delay.
Education in Qatar is being developed through scientific research, internal and external debates, local and international scientific competitions, as well as continuous participation in seminars that are of interest to the educational process inside and outside Qatar.
The minister pointed out that today’s universal language is technology and Qatar, represented by the Ministry of Education has kept up with the technological development.
All possible care is given to students. Specialised schools are set up, and a high-tech track in the secondary phase is helping students compete in technology, engineering and math industry.
HE the Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani, HE Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim al-Thani, HE the Minister of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs Yousef bin Mohamed al-Othman Fakhro, HE the Minister of Education and Higher Education Mohamed Abdul Wahed Ali al-Hammadi, HE the Minister of Culture and Sports Salah bin Ghanem bin Nasser. al-Ali, Gambian Minister of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology Badara Joof and other dignitaries at the opening of the Education Conference 2019
HE Mohamed al-Hammadi said the ministry was keen that the topics discussed at the conference by experts, researchers and educators would focus on facing the challenges of the current phase.
He explained that the conference will discuss the local and global trends in the development of the educational process and quality management in education which must be sought to achieve education efficiency as stipulated by the vision of the ministry in providing permanent and innovative learning opportunities and high quality for the Qatari community.
“The other focus of the conference will be promoting the concept of identity, its preservation and defending it, as identities are currently being attacked around the world.
“The conference seeks to promote exchanging expertise between educators, discuss the roles, patterns and methods of educational leadership and celebrate the outstanding educational practices in schools in Qatar. To Page 2
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“The large participation of Arab and non-Arab countries, as well as experts participating from within Qatar in the Education Conference, proves the prestigious position of Qatar globally, which ensures the achievement of its goals.
“The conference is held again to share visions and aspirations for building an education open to global developments, keeping pace with what is new in the field of knowledge and human development, building a national economy based on self-sufficiency to make Qatar able to address tough situations and challenges.
“Qatar learned this over the past two years, as it went through an unjust blockade and was able to stand united, achieve great achievements and proved its ability to give under these exceptional circumstances.”
Earlier, HE Mohamed al-Hammadi thanked HE the Prime Minister and Interior Minister for his continuous support to the education process in the country and his guidance in all that is related to education, QNA added.
A documentary film was presented at the opening session about the educational process and the educational system and its development in Qatar. After the opening, HE Sheikh Abdullah toured the pavilions of the students’ research exhibition accompanying the conference.
The conference focuses on the local and international trends in the development of the educational process, the consolidation of education and cultural identity and the quality management in education.
There are about 150 interactive sessions, workshops and seminars, some of which will be dedicated to parents on best educational practices.