Teach For Qatar, the network's second partner in the Middle East region, celebrated its official launch on March 5 in Doha. Her Excellency Sheikha Hind bint Hamad Al Thani hosted the event, which was attended by senior officials, including Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, as well as teachers and students.
In a charge to Qatar’s young leaders, H.E. Sheikha Hind said, “I call upon our youth who have benefited from the flourishing of higher education in Qatar to take advantage of this opportunity to give back to their community, and to be part of a process of change that perhaps they once dreamed of effecting when they were young students themselves.”
Teach For Qatar's model, similar to that of all Teach For All partners, is to recruit and develop university graduates and young professionals from various backgrounds and specializations, provide rigorous training, and place them as teachers in independent schools across Qatar for a two year fellowship. Fellows will continue to receive support throughout their full-time teaching commitments, in the form of additional training, mentorship, and regular reviews. This approach has been welcomed by local independent schools, ten of which have signed agreements with Teach For Qatar to hire teachers recruited and trained by the organization.
“We are proud of the growing collaboration between Teach For Qatar and the independent schools that will be taking our Fellows on board,” said Mohammed Fakhroo, Managing Director of Teach For Qatar. “I thank them for their trust in this initiative, and look forward to welcoming more partner schools.”
The event initiated Teach For Qatar's recruitment drive to attract young leaders around Doha in the lead-up to the May 10 application deadline. Throughout the drive, information booths will be installed at local universities, where interested students and young professionals can test their knowledge of core subjects and sample the teaching experience, interact with members of Teach For Qatar, and apply for fellowship.
Once Teach For Qatar's inaugural cohort of Fellows completes their two-year teaching commitment, the expectation is that they will continue to contribute to the development of Qatar’s education system through career pathways developed alongside Qatari institutions across various sectors.
“Our hope is that our Fellows will continue to support relevant institutions in closing the education gap by working with them to further develop school curricula and education policies, and by mentoring future Teach For Qatar fellows,” Fakhroo explained.
Teach For All congratulates Teach For Qatar on their launch and looks forward to learning from their progress and innovations.